SOLIDARITY with our Street Neighbors

During an evening walk on any city’s sidewalk, through any suburban neighborhood, or along any rural path, when one sees the glow of a lamp through a window that is shining on the activities of the family within, one feels safe — if our own home is nearby.

But along that same city street, within the same suburbia, near the same rural path, if one is homeless, sleeping on the street near a steam grate for heat, or hiding in an alley near a dumpster for food,  or camping in a field waiting for dawn to find work, there is no feeling of safety.

May we collaborate in solidarity with these, our unhoused community, our street neighbors, and bring everyone to that place with the glow of a lamp through their window, the place of shining and warmth: home.

We welcome you to welcome all of your good friends to learn about agencies, friends, and servants that we walk shoulder-to-shoulder with, in ardent activism, and with our endowed pledges, for hope, for help, for our homeless friends and our street neighbors: 

“A blanket of newspaper covered his head,
 The curb was his pillow,
The street was his bed.”

Only a Hobo – Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1968 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1996 by Dwarf Music.  All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Reprinted by permission.


You may learn more by contacting our Foundation’s Director of Housing Issues, Mr. Lane Carraway, at 480-831-5591.



Starting during the early 1980’s the Central Arizona Shelter Services, located at 230 South Twelfth Avenue in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, has been a home for our homeless from throughout the Valley and State, providing a safe place to live, while offering supportive and empowering transitional services.

We invite our good readers to join our family, and our Foundation’s Founder Bob Ramsey, who have been part of the glorious team of CASS for all of its decades of ministry and solidarity with our Street Neighbors.

“Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cottonfield
For dignity“

Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1991 by Special Rider Music, Reprinted with Permission

Central Arizona Shelter Services 2018 Dinner for Dignity:

“….she dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate.”

A Simple Twist of Fate -Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1975 by Special Rider Music; renewed 1990 by MCA.  All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Reprinted by permission.


November CASS Newsletter







image1Our honoring of and in solidarity with the homeless street neighbors of Jenny and Bob, with our annual recognition of World Homeless Day which had been inaugurated on 10-10-10 by World Homeless Day champion John Mellenkamp, is successfully held each October 10th, at Tempe’s rotating homeless shelter, at homeless concerts, at homeless conferences, at moments of ardent homeless activism. The Program, featuring Mayor Mark Mitchell and Council member Corey Woods, Tempe Community Action Agency, City Homeless Coordinator Theresa James, Human Services Campus Director Amy Schwabenlender, Tempe Community Council, I-HELP Coalition, and our Ramsey Foundation brings details and inspiring predictions to continue to protect our street friends, our street neighbors.  (Our October 10, 2014 through 2018 World Homeless Day activities and events were also held at small conferences, to include loving support for our youngest homeless little ones, our fostered children,

Foster children




We encourage you, please, to click on the following logos for The Norton and Ramsey Center’s TCAA to learn more about the activist-charity closest to our heart, (co-founded by our Mother and Lupe Esquer), and where we have served as volunteer for fifty-one years, honored to be their longest- serving volunteer,

The Tempe Community Action Agency:

For 50 years, TCAA has been of service to thousands of Tempe families serving their basic needs with dignity. From their website:

“Tempe Community Action Agency considers the core reasons that poverty exists, and builds partnerships within the community to develop services that strengthen opportunities for individuals, children and families to break the cycle of poverty.”

We welcome our readers to walk alongside them:



Among many, many good-hearted Founders and Funders of Tempe’s rotating homeless shelter – the Tempe Community Action Agency’s Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP),  TCAA’s longest serving volunteer Jenny chaired TCAA’s Study Committee to her mission of solidarity with our homeless street neighbors and to bring an end to sending our homeless neighbors away, and instead taking care of them in our town, in their town, Tempe.

Here is Lawn Griffiths’ wonderful history about each and every one of our good-hearted I-HELP Founders and Coalition, (launched semi-officially when “TCAA Operations Director Rev. Sue Ringler and TCAA Volunteer Committee Chair Jenny Norton broke bread together at a Crackers Cafe breakfast meeting with then Council Member Honorable Mark Mitchell (now Mayor), while Pastor Sue explained how our street neighbors were being given two nights a week of a nutritious dinner and safe shelter by Tempe Congregations, as Honorable Mark patiently explained how public policy is formed, and, then, as I-HELP, in the caring hands of many good founders, started.”)




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May we welcome you to click on this logo for some very, very good news:

From retired TCAA Director Bill Epps, who very kindly wrote: “the organization wouldn’t exist without you.”

Until there is a place to call home….there is I-HELP.”

TCAA’s Philanthropy Director, Emerita Ms. Sophia Baradel Campbell


With Jenny and Bob’s support, Furnishing Hope was created by Robin Manelis and her splendid crew of volunteers to help our neighbors transitioning out of homelessness. The organization collects donations of furniture and household items and distributes them to people in need. We invite you to see and to participate our List of Items Needed.


From Director Mike Atansio:

” Arizona Friends of Homeless is indebted to Ramsey Social Justice Foundation.  Our  missions have crossed paths in a gratifying manner. RSJF has, in short order, stepped in and helped AFOH in a big way…filling a void in supplies.  We thank RSJF for this, and their mission to work in solidarity with the homeless.

AFOH began outreach in 2014, and with support from angels, gone from serving 20 PBJ’s a week to nearly 400…along with a dozen other types of supplies.  We do outreach 7 days a week, at more than a dozen locations in the Valley.  This can only happen with many many angels filling cars and vans with donated food and supplies.  In late 2018, AFOH became a 502c3 and an Arizona QCO.

We expect to grow our service to homeless by order of magnitude.  We have angels and volunteers ready and willing.With support from RSJF, we can make projects happen.

Thank you very much, Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, for your support.  We look forward to future collaboration on several large projects.” ~ Director Mike Atansio



From Bob Ramsey, “After a dozen years or more of full participation in our annual deeply sad and moving Homeless Persons’ Memorial Services, (please read below?), it is our privilege to honor Vivienne Gellert, Mike McQuaid, Jeff Taylor, Circle the City, Caritas Law Group, Dignity Health, Valley Toyota Dealers, TAP/AZ, Arizona State University, The Human Services Campus,, as they offer, in the blessed memory of Elaine Herzberg (our homeless neighbor who was senselessly run down and killed), the first health navigation and transportation system for our homeless and underserved:”

From Jenny Norton: “God’s highest blessings to our beloved departed Elaine Herzberg in Glory; she will always be in our hearts, as we walk alongside many to ‘memorialize her life through a service that will directly touch the lives of many other homeless individuals.’”

Bob with Dean Jonathan Koppell, Arizona State University – Watts College



After first being launched from funds donated by Stimulus Dollars through the City of Tempe and the United Way, our Permanent Supportive Housing’s residents in Tempe were supplementally funded by The Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, with the monthly donation now being redirected to TCAA’s I-HELP, Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program.


Homeless Persons Memorial Eve 12-21
?On December 21st, the longest and coldest night of each year, our homeless neighbors and friends, unsheltered and unprotected, are exposed to hurtful and fatal weather conditions.

We encourage you to be mindful of those neighbors, (families, children, seniors, veterans), who are without homes, as we remind all Tempeans by displaying our Banner for our Cause, and by our invitation and exhortation, on of our Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, to participate with us toward ending their homelessness.  Jenny Norton or Kirk Baxter can tell you more.

Each December 21st, the longest and coldest night of the season, The Reverend Sue Ringler of Guardian Angels Parish, I-HELP, and TEAM Interfaith and our Foundation offer a glorious Homeless Persons Memorial Eve Service.

We welcome you to attend, and we encourage  you to contact the presiding Pastor Sue Ringler at, who generously informs : we remember you and Bob every year as our long time donors who helped us create this remembrance,”

Dear Good Friends, you can join us as we wrap our hearts around our homeless street neighbors who grieve the loss of our beloved co-ramblers and friends.

“He died on the road, he died on the road
He never had enough money
To pay his room or board
And he was a friend of mine.”

He Was A Friend Of Mine -Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 1962 by Special Rider Music; renewed 1990 by MCA.  All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Reprinted by permission granted to J. Norton.