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Feed, clothe, and supply necessities to vulnerable children.

Many kids, like José, arrive at foster homes with only the clothes they’re wearing. Donate today to provide items to clothe, comfort, and help these children thrive! ​

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Be a 2024 Partner In José’s Legacy | Help Arizona Foster Kids

Foster, Kinship & Adoptive Families Depend on Jose's Closet

Jose’s Closet started in 2009 in the loving memory of Jose, a foster child whose dying wish was not to be forgotten. Our founder, Wendy Esquibel, started Jose's Closet in honor of this child with special needs, who was taken years before his time.

Wendy started Jose's Closet to help other foster families find the items they needed for the children who arrived in their homes with little to no belongings. What began in a spare closet has expanded to fill over 20,000 square feet of retail space - and we continue to grow!

Jose's Closet provides items needed to make foster children feel welcome in their new home and to meet their everyday needs, such as; diapers, clothes, shoes, toys & games, books, baby equipment, strollers, food, and more. We support the entire family, not limited to the child in foster care. We feel that the best way to support children that need our help is by supporting the whole family's needs.

Several times a year, members are invited to shop (at no cost) for head-to-toe clothing for each household member. We have seasonal giveaways such as Back-to-School (backpacks and school supplies), Easter/Spring celebration giveaway, and Holiday events (new toys, bicycles, wagons, etc.).

We offer infant formula and diapers and operate a growing food pantry with access to pantry items and fresh produce, refrigerated ready-made sandwiches, salads, frozen meat, eggs, dairy products, bakery items, etc., at no charge.

Our resource center is staffed by both outside volunteers/groups and member volunteers. Volunteers sort and organize donated items to make them available for our families and assist with keeping our facility neat and clean.

Our program requires financial support to help cover diaper bank supplies, our large giveaway operations, and operational costs, including rent, utilities, insurance, shelving & clothing racks, delivery truck expenses, refrigeration, our small support staff, informational material, fundraising efforts, and other overhead costs.

Our goal is to begin offering accessible hours for working families and those who have to travel long distances to access our facility by expanding hours of operation from 5 hours a day, 4 days a week, to hopefully offering 8 hours of access 6 days a week. To reach this goal, Jose's Closet needs financial support.

Your generous donation not only goes to help foster, adoptive and kinship families but ALSO is eligible for the Arizona QFCO Tax Credit!

Arizona taxpayers may donate $500 per person to a Qualified Charitable Foster Care Organization - and claim a dollar-for-dollar credit when their annual taxes are due! Learn more here!

Arizona allows you to make donations directly to qualifying organizations and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against your Arizona State Income Tax liability.* Arizona allows you to choose to pay the state or donate directly to the qualified charitable organization of your choice. As a Qualified Foster Care Organization, you can donate $500 (individual) or $1,000 (married, filing jointly) to Jose's Closet as an Arizona Tax Credit Donation.

Wouldn't you rather direct your tax dollars directly to Jose's Closet to help Arizona's most vulnerable children? Jose's Closet was recently featured on 12 News, watch here to see the impact of your dollars and why giving matters.

Jose's Closet can only operate with the assistance of generous people like you. Thank you for your support!