COVID-19 Community Care Resources
This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re like many others looking for essential resources, support, tips to de-stress and ways to help, you’ve come to the right place! This Community Care Resources page will be updated as more resources for Surprise residents become available.
Surprise Resource Center Services
The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise residents connections to services that include everything from rent and utility assistance, employment support, food and nutrition resources, and more.
Public walk-in hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Surprise Resource Center can be reached at 623.222.1600, or find more information at the Surprise Resource Center, please view the Surprise Resource Center page.
Senior Center Meal Program
The Surprise Senior Center meal program has transitioned back to in-person sit down meals. Reservations are required two days in advance and only one week of reservations will be taken at a time.
For individuals age 60 years and better, and adults under 60 years old with a disability, the suggested contribution is $2.50 per meal. For individuals who do not qualify for the meal program, the suggested contribution is $5 per meal. It is highly encouraged to pay contributions using a credit/debit card.
If you are unable to participate in the in-person meal program, there is a home delivered meal option with Banner Olive Branch. For program qualifications and details, please call 602.264.4357.
Capacity for meals is a maximum of 50 participants a day.
Home-Delivered Meals – Area Agency on Aging
Daily, home-delivered hot meals through a partnership with Area Agency on Aging and Banner Olive Branch. Available to eligible participants age 60 years or older or younger adults with disabilities, who are unable to prepare or obtain meals for themselves during a period of need. For more information, please contact 602-264-4357 or 623-974-9430
St. Mary’s Food Bank Home Delivery
Maricopa County residents who cannot travel to a local food bank may qualify for this new program. For more information, please call 602-242-3663 or visit St. Mary’s Food Bank – Covid Relief Home Delivery Sign-Up
Free Hot Breakfast & Sack Lunch Program – Salvation Army
The Salvation Army in Surprise is offering daily drive thru breakfast pick-up Monday and Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m. All seniors, or those who are food insecure, can access meals while supplies last. A sack lunch will also be provided. The Salvation Army is located at 17420 N. Ave of the Arts in Surprise. For more information, please call 623-977-1084
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (SMFBA) – Kidscafe
The Surprise Resource Center will be hosting Kidscafe lunch and snacks for youth ages 18 and under. Kidscafe meals can be picked up at the Center anytime Monday/Tuesday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday/Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at 12425 W Bell Rd, Bldg A, Ste 124, Surprise. For more information, please call 623-222-1600
Dysart Unified School District (ages 18 and under)
Dysart Unified School District is able to provide FREE breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year thanks to National School Lunch and Breakfast program funding. Children 18 and under will receive free breakfast and lunch at school. Curbside service is also available for all community members 18 and under, Monday-Friday between 11-11:30am at multiple locations. Learn more…
Additional Meal Distributions – azfoodbanks.org/get-food
Food / Household Essential Resources
WIC Services - Adelante Healthcare
The Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program is designed to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children under age 5 healthy. WIC is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free to Arizona families who qualify. WIC services are now available by phone or virtual meetings. Call 1-877-809-5092 ext. 081536 between 8 - 5 p.m.
Free Essentials & Services for Women & Teen Girls
Hope Women's Center is a trauma-informed care center providing free food and clothing, utility assistance, job training, substance abuse and grief support groups and more. Hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 12101 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage. Please e-mail email@example.com for more information.
St. Vincent De Paul Crisis/Bill Assistance
Our local Society provides support to individuals and families in need of crisis assistance, bill assistance, food boxes, and more. St. Vincent De Paul in Surprise is the St. Clare of Assisi conference. Call 623-975-5617. Learn more…
Stress / Anxiety Resources
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations like COVID-19. You may feel anxious, angry, sad or overwhelmed. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about.
CDC Hotline / Stress & Coping Website
The website offers tips and resources regarding stress and coping during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Learn the common signs of stress
- Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy
- Talk with family and friends by phone, text, or email
- If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed, get support 24/7 by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Resources
- Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Arizona Department of Health Services & ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience
During an outbreak like COVID-19, many are in need of community and connection. ADHS has partnered with the ASU Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience to share a virtual means of continuing mindfulness practice and support.
Each week, for the foreseeable future, enjoy virtual meditation practices from 12–1 p.m. (AZ time) and written messages for open and free use. Learn more…
Crisis Hotlines & Suicide Prevention:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Substance Abuse Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Maricopa County Crisis Hotline: 602-222-9444
- Teen Life Line (phone or text): 602-248-TEEN (8336)
- Veterans (Be Connected): 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
Financial Relief Information for Individuals / Families
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. We have compiled various resources available to individuals and families. Learn more…
Child & Family Resources
Expect More Arizona Explore a large collection of parent and community learning resources to help with home education. Learn more…
Broadband Internet for Families (Arizona Commerce Authority) Find special offers and options for low-cost (or no cost) fast, reliable internet solutions. Affordable internet can help each of us stay connected to healthcare services, school coursework, and each other at a time when we need them most. Learn more…
Helping Families In Need – Marketplace Open Enrollment
Due to COVID-19, open enrollment for the Marketplace has been reinstated through August 15. If you do not have health insurance, you can schedule an appointment to meet with a trained navigator to complete an Affordable Care Act Application. A navigator through Helping Families In Need, a local non-profit, is available on the first Monday of every month at the Surprise Resource Center and available for appointments via telephone. Appointments are also available to apply for AHCCCS, SNAP, and Kidscare. Please contact Helping Families In Need to schedule an appointment at 1-800-298-4346
Volunteer & Donation Opportunities
If you’re looking to help our Surprise community, here are a few ways to offer support. Thank you for making a difference during this time of need.
Benevilla Seeking Volunteers to Assist Seniors
Benevilla is seeking volunteers for ongoing opportunities assisting seniors in many ways. Volunteering offers many rewarding, creative and exciting ways to partner with Benevilla in service to the community. Activities range from assisted transportation and grocery shopping to office support and light handyman services. Please complete a volunteer application at benevilla.org/volunteer-application/ or call 623.584.4999 and a member of volunteer services will reach out with more information.
St. Mary’s Food Bank (Surprise)
Make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors. The food bank is in need of donations (food & money) and volunteers. Please call 602-242-3663 for more information. Learn more…
Valley View Food Bank (Sun City)
Serve those in need with compassion and respect while providing the resources for wholesome nutritious food. The food bank is in need of donations (food & money) and volunteers. Please call 623-933-3358 for more information. Learn more…
Northwest Valley Connect
Become a volunteer driver or call-center operator for an organization that provides transportation for seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities to doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and other essential errands. For more information, contact Libby at 623-282-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more…
Additional Volunteer Opportunities