Celebration of the Worker Breakfast
Can’t Make it?
Celebration of the Worker Breakfast
Can’t Make it?
Enjoy a throwback video from our 2018 Breakfast while you wait to join this year’s virtual event.
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Thank You to Our Sponsors
Rick DeBruhl understands communication. An award-winning network television broadcaster with a master’s degree in Media Management, he has the insight to help any business innovate and grow by improving the way its people communicate. Rick spent 31 years at the NBC affiliate in Phoenix as an anchor and reporter. During that time, he covered everything from politics to the environment to sports. His tenure there also included managing the station’s Call 12 For Action consumer advocacy team. His numerous awards include three Emmys, the American Women in Television and Radio Best Reporter award and, yes, even the Phoenix New Times Best Anchor Hair award!
Adding to his diverse background, Rick spent more than 30 years covering auto racing for networks like ESPN, ABC, NBC and Fox. He spent nearly a decade as part of ABC Indy 500 broadcast team, he was the Chief Communication Officer for the State Bar of Arizona, and he’s a published author.
Currently Rick is a consultant helping organizations and individuals improve their communication, and he serves on the board of St. Joseph the Worker. Rick has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than 40 years. They moved to Arizona in 1978 and have decided to make this their home. They have two adult sons and two grandchildren.
Fr. Dan comes to Andŕe House after serving as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana since July of 2015. Fr. Dan served his diaconate year at Saint Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, Texas, working with Pastor, now Bishop, Bill Wack C.S.C.(former Andre House Director.) Fr. Dan earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Richmond in 2002, a Masters of Education from the College of William & Mary in 2005, and his Masters of Divinity in 2014 from the University of Notre Dame. He made his First Profession of Vows on July 30, 2011 and was ordained a priest on April 11, 2015.
What drew Fr. Dan to Andre House? “It’s the people. From the beginning of my seminary formation, I’ve said I always just want to be with the people. So ‘the people’ includes our guests certainly, but also the staff, the core staff and volunteers. I just like spending time with people and through spending time with people, helping them grow in their own relationship with Jesus. It is the joy of the Gospel to share Christ’s love with all who I encounter and that’s what I aim to do at Andre House.”
St. Joseph the Worker’s roots are deeply connected to Andŕe House. As a matter of fact, SJW began in the basement of Andŕe House in response to individuals receiving a meal in the park, “We want jobs, but we don’t have the tools.”
Distinguished Leader of the Year
Steve Snyder is the CEO of 21st Century HealthCare, a manufacturer of dietary supplements for the US Food and Drug marketplace, as well as over 50 countries worldwide. With offices in the USA, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, 21st Century has been serving customers since 1990. Born and raised in Columbus, OH, Steve received his BS in Accounting and Business Law from Ohio University in 1981. Receiving his CPA in 1984, Steve made his way out to Phoenix working as a financial controller for a chain of local restaurants and then as CFO and then President to a vitamin supplement company. With this he decided to utilize his skills and experience to start his own company, 21st Century Healthcare, in 1990. Over the last 30 years, 21st Century has grown from a handful of employees to over 450 and is located in Tempe.
Snyder is a dedicated community activist for several local and national charities, and he has been an integral piece of helping St. Joseph the Worker achieve a major milestone in our history; He helped fund the opening our first ever stand-alone office! Beyond offering monetary support, he initiated real, deep partnerships with businesses in the Valley who believed in the capabilities of our clients just as much as we do. He and 21st Century Healthcare set the gold standard for business partnerships. He not only helped us open that first stand-along office, but he actively hires our clients and advocates for us amongst his business and network. His leadership staff have also become key pieces in spreading awareness about SJW, several of whom are serving on our Development Committee and actively advocating on behalf of SJW.
Community Partner of the Year
For nearly a century, Edward Jones associates have lived a Culture of Caring, which means they seek to make a difference in people’s lives as they help families accomplish their goals, champion their associates’ unique contributions, and strengthen communities by caring for our planet and supporting national and local organizations to create meaningful impact. They care about building financially healthy communities, not just in the 68% of U.S. counties where they live and work, but across North America. The range of organizations they support is as diverse as the passions of their associates. To think like their clients and not just about them, they believe they must appreciate all voices, and seek new viewpoints. They believe that each of them must contribute their unique strengths, ideas, and life experiences – and help others do the same – in order for all to succeed.
Edward Jones has been a committed partner of St. Joseph the Worker’s for nearly 20 years. True champions in the community, they believe that there’s more to supporting a non-profit than just writing a check; They’ve committed time, talent, and resources to our mission in every way possible. Not only have they consistently sponsored our special events and helped to raise funds for the mission, they’ve also volunteered their time and energy toward planning, promoting, and spreading awareness for the events. They’ve coordinated large-scale donation drives of new and used clothing, office supplies, heat-relief resources, and tools to set our clients up for success. Edward Jones has even yielded beloved members of SJW’s Board of Directors and Development Committee and has been influential in high-level strategic planning of the organization. We’ve come to regard Edward Jones as a genuine, ever-reliable partner and a powerful force of “good” in the community.
Volunteer of the Year
Nick Morrison makes it his mission to connect individuals with meaningful, sustainable work. Currently the Founder & Operator of recruiting and consulting services agency, Potere, he’s also volunteered his time and talents at St. Joseph the Worker for more than two years. He has utilized his professional knowledge in the staffing industry to connect SJW with employers in Phoenix to become Preferred Business Partners for our Step Up program. He’s been an exemplary Employment Success Strategy Workshop (ESSW) instructor. He’s even taken it upon himself to rewrite the workshop’s curriculum and provide video content to fit a virtual model, which is crucial during this time of social distancing. When asked if he was comfortable volunteering in the face of Covid-19, Morrison said, “I am not comfortable doing it but I’m not committed to being comfortable, I’m committed to people finding work that is engaging and fulfilling.” This statement proves that he is more than a volunteer; he is a partner in our mission, and we’re incredibly lucky to have him.
Client of theYear
Justino was released from prison on a Friday after serving 7 years. By Mon¬day, he was on the phone with the HR Director at a local HVAC company. He explained that he’d made some poor decisions, but he was willing to do whatever it took learn a trade, even if he had to start at the bottom. His enthusi¬asm and persistence paid off, because he was offered an Installer position! The only problem was, he lacked the tools and gear to get started. That’s where St. Joseph the Worker came in! Justino met with Daren, an SJW Employment Specialist, at Home Depot and pur¬chased $400 worth of basic tools. SJW also got him some work boots and clothing, as well as a 31-day bus pass so he could make it to work every day. Needless to say, Justino was grateful and said, “Everyone in life deserves a second chance, and thanks to Daren and St. Joseph the Worker, I’m living proof of that. I have purpose and a good career path and that would not be possible without your help. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”
A year and a half later, Justino leads his own team of HVAC installers! He’s earned his own apartment, an impressive new truck, and he has the means to fuel his passion of working as a horse wrangler on the weekends! An opportunity for a fresh start can easily become an opportunity missed without the neces-sary resources. While Justino’s success story is unique to him, he represents clients that we serve every single day. St. Joseph the Worker is honored to be able to give clients like Justino a hand up and to share in their journeys back to self-sufficiency.
Expert Q & A Session
Chris Camacho is a proven leader currently serving as the President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), one of the longest standing public-private partnerships for economic development across the country. During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 414 companies creating 74,000+ jobs and $11 billion in capital investment.
Camacho oversees the domestic and international business development and market strategies while serving as GPEC’s executive leader in community interactions. Viewed as a dynamic community figure, Camacho has been recognized for many high-profile industry awards over the years. He also understands the important role that non-profits like St. Joseph the Worker play in strengthening the economy; And he walks the talk, serving on many governing boards and volunteering his time for multiple organizations. Camacho graduated from Southern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. He currently resides in Scottsdale with his wife and three children.
Brent Downs is the Executive Director for St. Joseph the Worker.
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