Phoenix human rights activist Sal Reza's Macehualli Day Labor Center at 25th Street and Bell Road is in dire financial straits, and you can help by eating at one of two Applebee's locations Thursday, December 10.
As part of Applebee's Dining to Donate program, the Phoenix restaurants at 2 East Camelback (Central and Camelback), and at 2547 N. 44th Street (just south of 44th Street and Thomas) will donate 10 percent of sales from those patrons mentioning that they are grabbing some grub on behalf of the Tonatierra Community Development Institute for Centro Macehualli.
As that's quite a mouthful, just say you're there for Tonatierra. That's the magic word.
There's no discount, but by dining at one of these Applebee's, using their curbside services, or imbibing a few cocktails at the bar, you'll assist Reza in making his $5,000 a month payment on Macehualli, which offers a space for jornaleros (day laborers) to wait for work.
The nearly seven year-old work center has aided the surrounding Palomino neighborhood, keeping the jornaleros off the corners and out of the hair of local businesses. Crime is down in the area as well, and most local businesses support the center. Keenan Strand, owner of the nearby McDonalds is a long-time booster of the site.