The McQuaid Mission

Mike McQuaid

The Social Television Network (STN), in conjunction with the Human Services Campus, has launched an online show called the McQuaid Mission. When Mike McQuaid passed away from Covid-19 in July, Arizona lost a significant community leader. As president of the Human Services Campus (HSC) Board of Directors, Mike and several community leaders brought organizations together to create a multi-faceted approach to end homelessness in Phoenix.

The McQuaid Mission is a series dedicated to continuing Mike’s mission to end homelessness. Hosted by STN and HSC’s Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender and airing every other week, the show will explore the issues, efforts, progress and solutions surrounding homelessness in Maricopa County. Each episode will include community, business, and philanthropic leaders and service providers who are committed to working collaboratively to end homelessness at a regional level.

Episodes

11/22/2021

Episode 22: Keeping Seniors Housed

What is being done to keep our seniors safe, housed and off the streets?

Older adults are reported to be the fastest-growing homeless population in the Phoenix area. We’ll look at the systems in place to help and discuss the major triggers that can play a role in leading to senior homelessness.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, the panel discusses the myth that people tend to help those experiencing homelessness more this time of year because that’s when the need is real.

Special guests include:
  • Wendy Johnson
    Executive Director, Justa Center
  • Nathan Smith
    Chief Program Officer, Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Krickette Wetherington
    Project Manager, ASU Action Nexus

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11/8/2021

Episode 21: The Power of Healthy Giving

The season of giving is here – that time of year when many open their wallets to donate to valuable causes and charities. But while our hearts might be in the right place, does our approach need to change? We look at the power of the “Healthy Giving” concept and hear why it’s changing the way some plan to give this holiday season.

Plus, for many, a pet is considered a beloved member of the family. But for those experiencing homelessness or on the brink, caring for that animal can lead to some tough decisions. We’ll go inside one local operation helping people and pets in crisis.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that the homeless are not part of our local community.

Special guests include:

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10/25/2021

Episode 20: Harnessing the Momentum of Now

We are seeing record funding pour into our community from the American Rescue Plan and recent grants provided by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. How do we harness the momentum of the moment to create sustainable change? Former UMOM CEO and owner of Newsom Nonprofit Consulting Darlene Newsom and HSC Director of Programs Richard Crews will join us live in studio.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that it costs taxpayers more money to house people experiencing homelessness than if they were to remain homeless.

Special guests include:
  • Darlene Newsom
    Owner, Newsom Nonprofit Consulting
  • Richard Crews
    Director of Programs, Human Services Campus
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus

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10/11/2021

Episode 19: The Process & Power of Philanthropy

Last month, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $123 million in surprise grants to 71 nonprofit organizations. This marked the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona’s history. We will be joined live in studio by Piper Trust President & CEO Mary Jane Rynd and Wildfire Executive Director Cynthia Zwick for a look at the process and power of philanthropy.

Plus, we will meet Shante Saulsberry, founder and CEO of Janice’s Women’s Center, and hear how a chance encounter at a bus stop set her on a new course to help women impacted by domestic violence.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that many homeless people prefer the freedom of life on the streets to staying in the shelter.

Special guests include:
  • Mary Jane Rynd
    President & CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
  • Cynthia Zwick
    Executive Director, Wildfire
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus

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09/27/2021

Episode 18: Inside Rapid Rehousing

For those experiencing homelessness, getting into a safe place can be a scary and daunting journey. In this episode, we look at the process of “Rapid Rehousing” to see what’s working and what obstacles still remain. In a booming housing market, landlords play a critical role in these programs, so what steps are being taken to get them on board?

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that more services for the homeless will attract more homeless to our community.

Special guests include:
  • Angel Ocegueda
    Case Manager Supervisor, A New Leaf
  • Pam Bridge
    Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Community Legal Services
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus

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09/13/2021

Episode 17: The Path to Housing

For many experiencing homelessness, the path to housing is not always a quick or easy journey. What are some of the roadblocks and how can we make the process better? We will sit down with one expert to talk about strategy as well as opportunities. Plus, we go inside the organization “ELAINE” for a look at how lives are being changed one ride at a time.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that people who are homeless should just go out and get a job and they won’t be homeless anymore.

Special guests include:
  • Michelle Miguel
    Single Adults Coordinated Entry Compliance Coordinator, Human Services Campus
  • Eric Barr
    Executive Director, ELAINE
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus

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08/30/2021

Episode 16: Housing & The County Connection

The issue of both permanent and temporary housing for those experiencing homelessness is an urgent one. We’ll sit down with leaders from Maricopa County’s Human Services Department to hear what resources are being put into action. Plus, we go one-on-one with the “Tiny House Doctor,” the Valley physician whose love of tiny homes has turned into a big passion project that’s changing lives.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel discuss the myth that homelessness is simply the result of poor economics.

Special guests include:
  • Bruce Liggett
    Director, Human Services at Maricopa County
  • Rachel Milne
    Assistant Director, Housing and Community Development at Maricopa County
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus
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08/16/2021

Episode 15: Importance of Community Outreach

We take a look at the power of community outreach. From boots on the ground to the funding that provides much-needed support for organizations across the Valley, we’ll discuss why the outreach component is so critical in the fight to end homelessness.

In the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters, Amy Schwabenlender and the panel debunks the myth that the only place to volunteer to help those experiencing homelessness is in a soup kitchen.

Special guests include:
  • Neal Lester, PHD
    Founding Director, Project Humanities – ASU
  • Scott Jenkins
    Big Chief, The Thunderbirds
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08/02/2021

Episode 14: Front Line of Mental Health & Homelessness

What does it look like on the front lines when it comes to mental health and homelessness? Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Sean Connolly and Behavioral Health Consultant Kate Chandler from Circle the City join us live in-studio for the insight you rarely hear about. Also, meet the former star athlete whose new mission is bringing healthier food to communities that need it the most.

Amy Schwabenlender and the panel weigh in on whether a cell phone is a luxury or a necessity for people experiencing homelessness in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Sean Connolly
    Assistant Chief, Phoenix Police Department
  • Kate Chandler, LCSW
    Behavioral Health Consultant, Circle the City
  • Shana Ellis
    Executive Director, ASU Action Nexus
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07/19/2021

Episode 13: One Artist’s Message: “YOU ARE AMAZING”

Bringing “fast-food positivity” to the community is the mission of local artist Jayarr Steiner. He’s now sharing his “You Are Amazing” message and mural to those at the Human Services Campus. Steiner joins us live in studio to share why this recent project was not only important, but also deeply personal.

Plus, there’s been a lot of talk about the push for more affordable housing. Mike Shore, CEO of HOM, Inc., will join us live in studio. While many companies are navigating a critical market and hitting roadblocks, Shore and his team are taking action and finding solutions.

Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Courtney Nelson, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona in the Leader to Leader segment and talks about the most common cause of homelessness in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Mike Shore
    CEO, HOM, Inc.
  • Jayarr Steiner
    Mural Artist
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06/21/2021

Episode 12: Best of: The McQuaid Mission

The McQuaid Mission is a streaming television series focused on the actions and solutions required to end homelessness. In this 12th episode, we take a look back at some of our most memorable conversations.

The ASU Action Nexus was created with two ideas in mind. The first is operationalizing ASU’s connection to The Human Services Campus and the second is coordinating a “regional response” to ending homelessness. Jonathan Koppell explains how participating ASU students are great at communicating the nature of the problem and the potential of every individual.

St. Joseph the Worker helps HSC clients by connecting them with local companies offering jobs. They also provide them with the resources and skills they need for successful interviews and a rewarding career.

And finally, Brighter Way Institute provides dental services to HSC clients to help transform their smiles and their self esteem. The Institute is also a volunteer training center for dentists from around the nation.

Special guests include:
  • Jonathan Koppell
    Dean of ASU Watts College & Vice Provost for Public Service & Social Impact
  • Brent Downs
    Executive Director, St. Joseph The Worker
  • Dr. Kris Volcheck
    CEO & Founder, Brighter Way Institute
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06/07/2021

Episode 11: Mission Affordable Housing

Where does Arizona stand when it comes to affordable housing? The Governor recently announced $500 million in federal funds to combat homelessness and housing instability. We’ll sit down with the new director of Arizona’s Department of Housing to talk about the plan moving ahead. Plus, the President and CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services joins us live in studio to share the action underway to help the Valley’s Homeless Veterans.

Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Jenny Poon, founder and CEO of CO+HOOTS in the Leader to Leader segment and talks about the myth of businesses being required by law to provide water to those in need in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Tom Simplot
    Director, Arizona Department of Housing
  • Paul Mulligan
    CEO & President, Catholic Charities Community Services
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05/24/2021

Episode 10: A Brighter Way

Can you imagine being in so much dental pain that you take a drill to your own mouth? This is just one of many emotional stories happening inside one very special dental center. Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO & Founder of Brighter Way Institute, will join us live in studio to share the incredible efforts underway to help those experiencing homelessness. Plus, find out how the Action Nexus is bringing power players to the table with the “Regional Collaborative on Homelessness.”

Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Nataly Rodriguez, founder of FitSoul and STN contributor in the Leader to Leader segment and describes how “functional zero” is the goal in ending homelessness in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Shana Ellis
    Action Nexus Director, ASU
  • Dr. Kris Volcheck
    CEO & Founder, Brighter Way Institute

05/10/2021

Episode 9: Race & Homelessness

We take an eye-opening look at the intersection of race and homelessness. A recent report reveals that African Americans are nearly four times more likely to experience homelessness in Maricopa County. For Native Americans, that number is more than two times. We’ll examine the disparities that exist and the steps being taken to fix it.

Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Lloyd Hopkins at the Million Dollar Teacher Project in the Leader to Leader segment and helps explain the Government’s role in helping to end homelessness in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Nicky Stevens
    Regional Homelessness Program Manager, Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Brent Downs
    Executive Director, St. Joseph The Worker

04/26/2021

Episode 8: Different Ways of Healing

Healing can come in many different ways. For the homeless, healthcare is not always easily accessible. Enter Circle the City, the team that provides top care and vaccinations for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable.

Also, do you believe in the healing power of music? We’ll have the sounds of a symphony live in studio, as well as a conversation with the President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. Join us for this powerful episode focused on helping and healing.

Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Local First Arizona in the Leader to Leader segment and helps explain some commonly misunderstood terms in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.

Special guests include:
  • Suzanne Wilson
    President & CEO, The Phoenix Symphony
  • Heidi Ward
    COO, Circle the City
Special Performance By:
  • Leslie Frey Anderegg
    Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin, The Phoenix Symphony

04/12/2021

Episode 7: Using Tech to Tackle Homelessness

What roles do data and systems play in the mission to get people off the streets for good? We examine the role technology plays in ending homelessness. Plus, with the searing heat around the corner, we take a deep dive into what that really means for our homeless population. There’s a popular belief that the homeless leave town – but is that true? Our expert, Amy Schwabenlender breaks down the facts in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters and answers a question from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in our Leader to Leader segment.

Special guests include:
  • John Ehlinger
    President, Garcia Family Foundation
  • Jerry Hirsch
    Chairman, The Lodestar Foundation

03/29/2021

Episode 6: The Next Generation

Inside the “Action Nexus.” Sounds futuristic, right? Well, the future is now, because the next generation is hard at work and ready to tackle homelessness. We’ll talk about ASU’s solutions-driven program that’s empowering students.

And having your ID handy, is something we might take for granted. But for those working their way out of homelessness, having identification at the ready is easier said than done. We’ll explain how the Homeless ID Project is instrumental in helping, while also reaching out to a new community at risk.

Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers a question from Style PHX in our Leader to Leader segment and answers common questions in the MythBusters segment.

Special guests include:
  • Rick Mitchell
    Executive Director, Homeless ID Project
  • Jonathan Koppell
    Dean of ASU Watts College & Vice Provost for Public Service & Social Impact

03/15/2021

Episode 5: Reality of Affordable Housing

It’s estimated that more than 300 people are moving into Maricopa County everyday. Projections reflect 3,000 “affordable housing” units will be needed per year by 2030. When you combine those stats with a competitive housing and rental market, how do you make affordable housing a reality for those who need it?

Also, we’ll discuss how DES is connecting the business community with people looking to re-enter the workforce, and hear how they are providing life-changing solutions.

Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers questions from local organizations in our Leader to Leader segment and answers common questions in the MythBusters segment.

Special guests include:
  • Leah Landrum Taylor
    Assistant Director of AZ Department of Economic Security (DES)
  • Joan Serviss
    Executive Director of AZ Housing Coalition

03/01/2021

Episode 4: On the Frontlines

Arizona Republic Reporter Jessica Boehm joins us live in studio. As the Housing Insecurity Reporter, Jessica’s beat is homelessness. Jessica has spent time on the frontlines with Phoenix’s homeless helping to tell their stories. She will share with us her unique perspective.

Also live in studio, Steve Zabilski, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul. Steve knows firsthand the progress being made both at home and regionally in the mission to serve those in need. He will discuss the current challenges as well as opportunities.

Toward the end, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers some common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.

Special guests include:
  • Steve Zabilski
    CEO of St Vincent de Paul
  • Jessica Boehm
    Housing Insecurity Reporter, Arizona Republic

02/15/2021

Episode 3: A Campus for Collaboration

In the heart of Phoenix you will find the Human Services Campus (HSC). Comprised of several buildings on 13 acres, HSC is a collaborative force consisting of 16 partner organizations. This tour is an eye-opening experience to the hope, promise and potential HSC provides the homeless community.

Also in this episode, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, is joined by the CEOs of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), and Community Bridges (CBI) to discuss the fight and future of obtaining more shelter beds in our community. She also answers some common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.

Special guests include:
  • Lisa Glow J.D.
    CEO of Central Arizona Shelter Services
  • John F. Hogeboom
    President & CEO of Community Bridges Inc.

02/01/2021

Episode 2: First Steps

In Maricopa County in 2019, nearly 3,200 unsheltered people experienced homelessness, according to the Point-in-Time Count, an increase of 22% over 2018. This is only a one-day snapshot of people who are found and counted.

And the challenges will grow as the population grows, rents continue increasing, there is an ongoing shortage of affordable housing and the eviction rate climbs. The inflow of people into homelessness isn’t stopping. Adding more shelter beds is a first step and a short-term solution.

To address the challenge, Human Services Campus, which owns and manages the 13-acre campus housing 16 independent nonprofit and government organizations collaborating on a range of services, is seeking Phoenix City Council approval to add more shelter beds.’

Learn more: https://fromstreettohome.org/about/

In this second episode, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, walks us through their recommendations and requests to Phoenix City Council. She also answers common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.

Special guests include:
  • Father Dan Ponisciak
    Executive Director of Andre House
  • Cleo Lewis
    Community Advocate

01/18/2021

Episode 1: What is the McQuaid Mission?

The first episode covers the work, impact, and continued efforts of Mike McQuaid and his team at the Human Services Campus.

Special guests include:
  • Mike McQuaid Jr.
  • U.S. Representative Greg Stanton

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