Established in 1974, Labor’s Community Service Agency (LCSA) was built upon a partnership between the United Way and AFL-CIO to provide outreach and referral services to union members throughout the community. Over time, the agency developed programs to address emerging needs not being met by other nonprofits. This allowed organized labor to establish a presence in the social-service arena and continue serving the most vulnerable in the community.
Today, we serve more than 700 working class, low-income and vulnerable individuals each year. Our focus remains on families with children. We provide affordable housing at lower-than-market rates; transitional housing for homeless families; transportation for low-income families through our SHIFT (Securing Help in Family Transportation) program; and comprehensive case management. LCSA helps Arizona families overcome barriers, empowering them to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of homelessness.
To stabilize and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency and their full economic potential.
Our Guiding Principles and Values
While pursuing our mission, we will:
- Work towards the best interest of the people we serve.
- Act honestly and openly in all matters.
- Hold ourselves accountable to each other, to our clients, our board members, our funders, and the public.
- Hold the highest standard of service for all interactions.
- Challenge ourselves to always cultivate and refine our programs and services.
Our Key Issues
Based on our mission, we will focus on the following issues that impact the Valley:
- Lack of affordable housing.
- Lack of reliable, affordable transportation.
- Instituting a living wage.
- Expansion of services to populations such as the disabled, seniors, disadvantaged youth and low-income families.
- Prevention and diversion assistance to reduce homelessness in our community.