Cookies for a Cause

Time is running out to order your Mission Possible Cookies before the holiday rush!

Mission Possible Cookies are a gift - a great gift for giving to friends, family and business associates - and an amazing gift for the women we serve at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

See, everyday beautifully wrapped gift boxes you purchase support the Phoenix Rescue Mission's work force development programs. Women like Shannon, who earned her high school diploma while living at the Changing lives Center. Or Michelle, who completed our Kitchen Manager certification course and will begin a new career as a restaurant manager.

Mission Possible Cookies are baked fresh daily in our A-graded commercial kitchen and shipped to your door. Not only are the cookies delicious, they are Changing Lives on Cookie at a Time.

 

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Love. Connect. Serve.

The holiday season is a tough time for the men, women, and children at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The end of the year always has a way of bringing up emotions that leave you feeling broken, longing for a new start. October for Southgate church, however, is a long-anticipated time of year. "Planning has been going on for the last few month," Josie a member of Southgate explains.

This year is the fourth year Southgate has been coming to the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Changing Lives Center for women and children, and throwing an all-campus festival. "This event is the highlight of the year for our church!" At Southgate, the mission is LOVE. CONNECT. SERVE. "Today is all about that," Nate a Southgate member explains. This is our community outreach, and we love partnering with the Phoenix Rescue Mission to do this event every year. "This is a great distraction, Rebecca, a client at the Phoenix Rescue Mission says. "It is so important to have fun while in recovery, we work so hard. Today was much needed. I feel refreshed."

Southgate church shuts down for the day, and members "bring church" to the Changing Lives Center. The day begins with church service, and after service the campus becomes a fair of sorts. With games, a bounce house, a dunk tank, and plenty of food to feed almost 200 bellies!

Thank you to Southgate church and all of it's members for coming together and making this event happen year after year. These days are so critical in the recovery of the women and their children working towards new life at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

"I love seeing all the smiles," says Connie a client of the Changing Lives Center, "it's a good day!"

“Saying Good Bye to My Old Self”

When you walk around the Mission, you see men and women who came from a variety of situations. Many of them still wear signs of their past selves on their skin. Tattoos can be a permanent reminder of your past, your old self. _____ explains the tattoo that goes across her entire neck. "It was my old street name, this was what everyone on the streets knew me by."

The National Laser Institute recognizes that some decisions can never be undone. Tattoos, often are one of those decisions. "When I look at my tattoos, I am reminded of my past."

Like many organization, churches, individuals that partner with the Mission, the National Laser Institute wanted to be a part of life transformation. They offered to serve four women going through program at the Mission, and remove the tattoos of their pasts, free of charge. The day after their treatments, the women were already seeing their tattoos fading.

National Laser Institute instructor, Shelley Cook, has provided our clients with an opportunity to have their tattoos removed by being subjects of teaching for new laser techs. An ambassador of the Mission, John Humphrey, shared this resource with the Mission and allows us to identify clients in need of this service and each campus moving forward with set up transportation once every 8 weeks to have clients receive this gift!

"It was very emotional, it was riding myself of my old identity. The old is gone."

The National Laser Institute is giving individuals working towards new life, a chance to continue in their transformation. This month we were able to help nine clients with LIFE CHANGING TATTOO REMOVAL. Some of the clients will require multiple trips and some tattoos will be done with one trip, but it depends on how your body absorbs the ink.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission is so blessed by organizations, churches, and individuals who want to serve.  step up to be a part of life transformation for the men, women, and children that are currently going through program at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Panda to the Rescue!

Going from the streets to the counseling sessions and classrooms of the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Changing Lives Center can be a tough transition for our women. But for the children they often have in tow – it can be terrifying. Another unfamiliar place. Another set of strangers. Another adjustment to make. But it’s amazing how those sort of deep-seated fears and uncertainties take a back seat when Panda walks into the room. Suddenly smiles break out on faces and fuzzy hugs are in order.

Panda is a certified therapy dog and thanks to her owner, volunteer Bob Lentz, she comes to visit our kids every week. “These kids here spend a lot of time with her, they take turns,” says Bob. “It’s good for them to be around animals. They learn how to treat them, to be nice and respect their feelings. They learn a lot.” Panda has been specially trained and tested to be gentle around people and children, sudden noises, small spaces, and new experiences. Studies have shown that during their visits, therapy dogs are able to lower blood pressure, slow heartbeats and bring a sense of overall calm to those around them.

“They love it!” says Maritza with a smile, one of our childcare specialists. “Some of our kids are really impatient and quick to anger, but the dog is so calm… and that helps them learn how to be calm with her. They love sitting with her and hugging on her… It’s good for my kids.”

When children lack the vocabulary to express their emotions, they express it through their behavior, often receiving discipline in response. But interacting with a dog who is calm and accepting, regardless of their behavior, can speak volumes to children and teach them to emulate the patience they experience. We’d like to send a big thank you to Bob and Panda for their excellent service – and to you who help bring such wonderful opportunities for joy into our kids’ lives. It’s amazing how much hope and love can be found in a wet nose and a bundle of fur! It’s just another way that your support is changing the littlest lives on campus – one warm snuggle at a time.

More Than Child Care

There’s no denying that the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center lives up to its name. We see God intervene in the lives of our women on a daily basis. But the truth is, their tales of transformation only account for half the story. The rest of the miracles on campus happen literally right under our noses.

Nina Mills, our childcare supervisor, has a front row seat to the transformation God works in our littlest residents. “We’re more than just childcare. Because of where these children have been and what they have been exposed to, we have to be.” Many of the children come to the Changing Lives Center with delays in their social and emotional development, with trust issues, and a predilection for hitting or biting over problem-solving. Most of these behaviors stem from a broken relationship with their parents and a lack of effective parenting.

But the good news is, by God’s grace and with the hard work of our staff and volunteers, all of these things can be overcome. “They are still little enough that if they are given the opportunity, they catch right back up with their peers,” says Nina. “It’s amazing to watch. Usually in one to two weeks we see huge differences in the children in our care.” But to keep the progress going, the parent must be willing to change as well. “Many of the parents here have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the behaviors of their children, because in many cases, they have never been parented themselves. It’s really hard for a mother to admit ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’

 

Our  responsibility is to pass on what we do to the moms. We work really closely with them to give them the resources and encouragement they need to become great parents.” Your partnership does more than heal the lives of the women we serve – it’s transforming our future by touching the lives of these little ones. The love you give makes all the difference in restoring these families torn apart by addiction. “It’s always such a blessing to see the kiddos start to lose the fear and the anxiety they came in with and begin to trust again. Then to see that healing extend to the relationship with their mother… it’s a miracle every time.”