Jose's Closet ​

How many employees do we have? None! From the core group of board members and weekly volunteers to our member families to our local neighbors, churches and service organizations, we all volunteer our time, skills and energy as we are able...and, yes, we can always use more help! Welcome to the Jose’s Closet opportunity to make a difference in the lives of foster and adopted children. We provide member families with a clean, easy-to-shop facility. The ways you can help make this come together for them are only limited by our ability to imagine the possibilities. Below you will find what we have discovered so far. Please feel free to add to the list!

If you would like to hear more about Jose's Closet or need a speaker for your event, we can come 'tell the story' (it's inspiring and informative) and explain what we are about. Please give Wendy Esquibel, our Founder/Director, a call at 480-313-8496 for arrangements. No fee is charged.


Just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing...


Funding Our Mission  

After fostering children herself over many years and receiving a request from Jose to "be remembered somehow", Wendy was moved to create Jose's Closet in 2009, recognizing the many challenges fostering families face as a new child comes into their home. During 2015, relocation of our facility became necessary and we were very excited to find a better situation that gave us the space to keep up with our growing clientele and to expand the number of items that we offer. However, the extra rooms and more modern facility brought with them a much higher rent and a significant increase in our utilities. Although we have initiated many cost containment measures over 2016, finding organizations and individuals who can regularly (or even occasionally!) do fundraising for us had to become a top priority. Please consider contacting Wendy Esquibel at wendy@josescloset.org with your ideas or personal contacts. Also, we are happy to help with organizing an event or fund raising drive to provide these most basic of 'operating expenses'...which are really the only expenses we have since we are an all volunteer organization. Again, those monthly 'cash' expenses are our greatest need right now...so please take a look at doing a AZ Tax Credit-able gift and/or a larger donation that is also deductible on your federal income taxes. Thank you for all your support in the past and anything you can do at this time. 

If you are looking for specific ways to help out immediately, we can always use the following:    TAX CREDIT NOW  AVAILABLE HERE!!

  • NEW! Jose's Closet has become a Qualifying Charitable Organization that provides Temporary Assistance of Needy Families (TANF) benefits.We can now receive donations that create an equal amount Tax Credit for you with the State of Arizona, up to $500 for an individual and $1000 for a couple filing jointly. Just to be clear: this is not a 'deduction' but a dollar-for-dollar credit (reduction!) to whatever amount you were to pay in State taxes for 2016. When you donate those dollars to Jose's Closet, they go directly to supporting the low income families  that we serve. We are very excited to offer this 'no cost to you' way of keeping our all volunteer organization in service to our East Valley communities. To give via PayPal, please click on the "Donate" button above/right, If by mail, send your gift to P.O. Box 1641, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Please do also send us a note via the "Contact Us" page so that we can provide you with a receipt for your records and a personal thank you for your support! (Note: please see your tax professional if you need further clarification on this.)
  • Sponsor a $50 Membership: assists foster care families, such as kinship grandparents, who  receive a monthly stipend from the State of only $10 per child.
  • Teen Gift Cards ($10 max):  teens, often overlooked, need to be able to 'pick it out for themselves' for basic needs like personal care items, clothing, etc.
  • Your idea: if you have a different way to support our families that you think would be immediately helpful, please contact Karla at 480-309-1743 to get connected to someone who can work with you to make your idea a reality.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Jose's Closet operates as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All donations of either cash or gifts in kind are tax deductible  Thank you for helping provide for our client families who will so very much appreciate what you give!  You can also donate directly with a credit card via PayPal. Please click above...


In-Kind Donations 

Below are a few examples of what's been done recently:

  • Diaper Drive:  in your area or at your work, conduct a 'disposable baby supplies' collection drive. We often have to go purchase such high demand items as diapers, baby wipes, shampoo/lotion and formula, and so we always, always need more.
  • Backpacks and School Supplies:  every year we give out hundreds of backpacks with key supplies included inside. Usually, a donation drive is set up through your church, ward, employer, women or men's club, scout troop, friend's church or other social organization you are part of.
  • Holidays Toy Drive: churches, wards and businesses have put together 'fill the bin with toys' or provided an 'angel tree' with specific requests that employees pick and purchase for the family member. For the 'Angel Tree' call us by November 1st (480-309-1743) and we will provide you with first names, clothing sizes, toys they want, etc. Gifts will need to be dropped off by December 1st. If dropping off your items is not possible, please make arrangements for pick up by one of our holiday elves volunteers by calling Karla at 480-309-1743. Thanks!
  • Gently used and new Sports Balls and Equipment for 6 to 16 Years Old:  a labeled bin/box placed at a retail store (like Starbucks which welcomes the chance to help charities). 
  • Clothing/Baby/Child-to-Teen Equipment Drive in your HOA, mobile home park, neighborhood, church or social service/recreational club.
  • Women's Guild Annual Baby Shower for Jose's Closet
  • Hire a truck and fill it with 'gently used' and new 'stuff' from your friends, neighbors and  acquaintances.
  • Your creative idea that has never been done before'...thanks!                                                                                                                                                            

For a full list of items we need, see the "What We Need" page)

We can help you set up a Donations Drive or a Work Day for your service group (Please call Karla at 480-309-1743). 



What Volunteers Can Do  

From your home you can:  

  • Launder and sort gently used clothing donations.
  • Purchase disposable baby supplies and deliver to the Closet location (if possible). There is a "Drop Box" in front of our facility.
  • Pick up donation items in your area and deliver to the Closet location (if possible). Use the "Drop Box" or call 480-309-1743 for larger items.
  • Fix toys, car seats and other equipment.
  • And of course, set up a donation drive through your church, employer, club, school, scout troop... 
  • Or...serve with our outreach/funding team!                                                                                                                                                                                    

At Jose's Closet location:

  • Sorting Room:  help process, organize and store donations of clothing, toys, baby equipment, baby supplies, etc.
  • Feed our volunteers on long work days like Saturday 
  • Help families shop when the Closet is open during the week or on Saturday morning (especially).
  • Facilities maintenance and development: we need help with installing closed circuit cameras, building shelves/walls, some plumbing and electrical, fence installation, berm creation/installation, occasional painting projects...for just a few examples.


Special projects only: due to time limitations, you may prefer to be on a list of helpers for special events or short term projects. Please fill out the online form below and we will get in touch with you almost immediately!

How We Operate

The Link to Jose's Closet Organization on Facebook is coming to this space in the near future. Due to 'technical difficulties,' we were not able to set this direct link up before launching this Website. Thank you for your patience and please feel free to go to Facebook yourself and enter Jose's Closet Organization. Specifically, you will find the hours we are open each week posted there, usually on Mondays.

​​New AZ Tax Credit - see below!

Jose's Closet

Volunteer Application 

Charity Gifts