Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center

Care1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center

The first of its kind in the Southwest Valley, this multifaceted hub for human services was made possible by the innovative public and private partnership between Care1st Health Plan Arizona and the City of Avondale. In operation since April 2009, the City provided the building facility (formerly an old public library) while Care1st provided funding for renovations and operations for the center. Avondale is responsible for recruiting participating non-profit agencies, coordinating their services and evaluating the outcomes. The non-profits are provided space in the center at no cost in exchange for providing the much needed services in the Southwest Valley. Call 623-333-2703 to schedule appointments or to request more information about services available at the center.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

328 W. Western Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85323 (see map)
Phone: (623) 333-2703
(See pictures of the Center)


Services Available:

  • Helping Families In Need AZ: Provides assistance with renewals and applications for AHCCCS health care, food stamps, and cash assistance. Call for an appointment.
  • Adelante Healthcare (WIC): Walk-in services for the Women, Infant and Children USDA’s nutrition program available every day, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
  • Southwest Valley Literacy Association (SVLA): Offers English and literacy tutoring classes for adults. Interested students must complete an application at the resource center and meet with SVLA staff for an evaluation prior to being placed into a class.
  • International Rescue Committee of Phoenix (IRC): Citizenship preparation classes are available to those who have U.S. Legal Resident status. All materials are presented in English.
  • A New Life: Weekly support group for survivors of domestic abuse.
  • DUET: Monthly support group for grandparents raising grandchildren or other children.
  • Community Legal Services: Legal assistance at no cost (civil cases only).
  • Jewish Family & Children Services: Behavioral counseling and client intakes.
  • Turn A New Leaf: Behavioral counseling and client intakes.
  • Area Agency on Aging: Monthly Medicare benefits counseling and related insurance appeals and issues assistance. Call for an appointment.
  • Avondale Family Education & Resource Program (AFERP): Early Literacy and Parenting Classes for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years old. Call to register. Developmental and hearing screenings are also available at no cost for children from 0-5 years old. Educational activities and referrals given as needed.
  • Teenage Outreach & Pregnancy Services: Provides health and social support services to pregnant teenagers and their families.
  • Arizona Priority Education and Counseling (APEC): Monthly court-ordered parenting classes in English and Spanish. Registration is done directly with APEC at 602-485-1200 or can be processed the day of the class. Early arrival required.
  • Nurturing Parents Raise Great Kids: Empowers individuals and families to make positive choices with new knowledge strategies and skills. Provides a series of 12 weekly classes on topics including, “Brain Development,” “Communicating with Respect,” and “Building Self-Worth in Children.”
  • S.N.A.C.K.: Car Seat Safety Classes are offered on the third Wednesday of every month for parents, guardians and caregivers. Registration for each month’s class starts on the first business day of the month when the center opens. Call to register or to learn more.
  • Salvation Army: Utility assistance is available for residents of Avondale, Cashion, Goodyear, Tolleson and Litchfield Park. This does not include assistance for water, rental, or deposits of any kind.
  • Arizonans for the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children & Adults (APECA): Referrals available for victims of sexual abuse.


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