PPEP’s Human Services fall into three categories; Emergency Services;Services to the Elderly; and fresh organically grown foodat the Arivaca Community Garden.Services are offered to rural and low income residents of Arizona to help families become self-sufficient or to stabilizecrisis situations faced by many families.
Emergency Services consists of short term crisis intervention, such as rental/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, and other employment or educational needs. Long term case management is also provided to help in the stability of vulnerable households.
Elderly Services consist oflong term case managementfor the senior population in the towns of Ajo, Why and Sells,to help maintain independent living or to haveaccess to information needed to remain in their homes and communities. Referrals to needed services from home repair, to medical services are provided, as well as emergency assistance if needed.
The Arivaca Community Garden is a certified organic garden, located 60 miles southwest of Tucson, in rural Pima County and the town of Arivaca, AZ. The garden provides fresh produce to a variety of organizations, including rural food banks andhot meal programs. The gardensells produce at several farmers markets. Shares in the garden are sold, so that individuals can access fresh organic vegetables all year around. Vegetables are also provided free to those in the Arivaca community,who have sensitivities to the environment and can only eat organic produce. There is also an onsite training program for gardening and landscaping, to those interested.The garden also supports an international Woofer program for volunteerism and learning opportunities.
PPEP’s Human Service programs provide community resources within each of the following counties: Yuma, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma and La Paz. All information can be found at the Information & Referral website: www.cir.org