Each month, Jennings Strouss personnel participate in pro bono legal advice clinics during St. Vincent de Paul’s Family Assistance Ministry’s Evening Meal at its Watkins Campus in Phoenix. A firm representative coordinates attorney and paralegal volunteers to participate in these monthly clinics. In addition, since the clinics coincide with the Evening Meal, another program offered by St. Vincent de Paul, other personnel can volunteer as well.
The pro bono legal advice clinic at St. Vincent de Paul helps families who are struggling to meet their basic life needs. For many, when faced with a legal issue, they cannot afford to hire an attorney, so these clinics are the only opportunity to receive expert legal advice on issues that threaten their family’s stability, such as landlord/tenant disputes, workplace discrimination, the immigration process, judgments, criminal charges, and family law. Some need legal advice to understand their rights, while others need direction on where to go and how to solve their problems. Some simply need reassurance and support to deal with the challenging issues they face. The purpose of the clinic is to provide people with the information they need to be able to take the next step in solving their problem. Jennings Strouss attorneys and paralegals take time to understand the needs of clinic clients and work diligently to provide expert advice, treating everyone with the utmost respect and dignity.
In December of each year, Jennings Strouss hosts a toy drive for St. Vincent de Paul’s Holiday Party. This event provides every child who attends a new gift. Donations are made by firm personnel, who then gather for a wrapping party, topping every gift with a candy cane. On the day of the event, Jennings Strouss volunteers attend the party and pass out gifts.
In 2018, during the Restoring Hope Breakfast, St. Vincent de Paul’s largest annual fundraiser, Jennings Strouss provided a leadership gift to sponsor the event. Also, the firm sponsored a table at the event. The Jennings Strouss attorneys who attended enjoyed the breakfast and made additional personal contributions in support of the St. Vincent de Paul’s mission to feed, clothe, house, and heal.
In addition to the firm’s collective support of and pro bono work for St. Vincent de Paul and its clients, Jennings Strouss assists the organization with its estates and trusts work.