Mission Possible Café

Mission Possible Café, located at 1516 West Van Buren Street, is the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s latest project—and it’s opening this fall.

The new café will offer southwestern-inspired cuisine with emphasis on Mexican grilled items. It will focus on strong customer service, as well as quality food at affordable prices. One of the key factors that will set this new restaurant apart is its story.

The Phoenix Rescue mission provides new beginning for men, women and children in the community who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma. Many people who enter Phoenix Rescue Mission have little to no job experience. For this reason, the organization now takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Rather than solely focusing on the sobriety of the clients, it also assists with job training through the vocational development program. The Phoenix Rescue Mission's goal is to help the men and women in our programs get back on their feet through service.

“Adding Mission Possible Café to Mission Cookies and Mission Catering as a training ground for our already successful Food Service Manager’s Training program, will allow us to continue to serve our clients and help them advance,” said Jay A. Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission.

All Mission Possible Café employees will be part of the vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get participants back on their feet. The program begins with four months of classes, where men and women learn about food service and gain other practical skills. It concludes with four months of practical application, when participants can work at Mission Possible Café. Its ultimate goals are to prepare people for the workforce, and to give them the ability to give back using service.

“Clients will learn food service operations, development leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry. We hope the community will join us for a great meal and help transform lives in the process,” said Cory.

 

Mission Possible Café will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Stay tuned for more updates and an official open date!

Food Bank Opportunity

 

Do you love to volunteer at the Phoenix Rescue Mission? Perhaps, you have wondered how you can get involved with the ministry of the Mission? If you are ready to make a difference in our community and truly serve, check out this new service opportunity on the West side!

 

Phoenix Rescue Mission

in collaboration with 

Hope For Hunger Food Bank

5605 N 55th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85301

Flexible shifts available - M-Th

1st Shift 6-8am

2nd Shift 8am-10am

3rd Shift 10am-12pm

 

Hope For Hunger Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to those in need and serves residents in Glendale, and some parts of Peoria and Phoenix. Go to prm.volunteerhub.com and use the Hope For Hunger Food Bank filter to view opportunities.

Back to School Event

The first day of school can be an anxious time for any child. It’s especially tough for the kids who don’t quite fit in. The ones from low income families and unstable households. The ones who’ve grown up destitute or even homeless. At the Mission, we see them every day at Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center for Women & Children. They’re full of potential, but circumstances beyond their control have held them back. They deserve our love and support. For kids like these, the first day of school can bring taunting, teasing, and trouble focusing on their studies. They can fall behind their classmates, simply because they lack access to school supplies so many of us take for granted. But through your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Back-to-School event, you can offer children a better chance at a brighter future. Your support will provide Maricopa County kids with backpacks, clothing, school supplies . . . everything they need to succeed in the new school year! Will you give generously today? It’s heartbreaking to think of less fortunate children in our community starting school at a disadvantage because their families can’t afford adequate supplies. Especially when the problem can be prevented through the generosity and kindness of friends like you.

You can help someone like Estelle, a grandmother of five children, ranging in age from 6 to 13. She works, but her paycheck just barely stretches to cover rent and food for the family. Estelle couldn’t stand the thought of her beloved grand kids showing up to school empty-handed on their first day. Like any parent or grandparent, she only wanted what’s best for the children in her care: “I want them to do well in school, and that’s hard if you think you don’t measure up,” she says. Though she came to the Mission with a look of desperation in her eyes, Estelle left with a cheerful smile. “All five of my grand babies got school uniforms in the right size and were able to pick a backpack,” she reports. “I went from worry to peace when I saw the number of people who cared.” You’re one of those people who care. And that’s why I’m counting on you to step up in a big way for our Back-to-School event. Please give generously today to help more kids like Estelle’s get the clothing and supplies they need to succeed in school. Thank you in advance for your caring heart.

This year we are so excited to launch a brand new opportunity for our Back to School drives! We have partnered with Dollar Days to provide customized pre-filled backpacks at the click of a button! If you would like to help students have a successful first day of school click here: https://www.dollardays.com/phoenixrescuemission/wishlist.html

The Phoenix Rescue Mission needs your help to provide backpacks and back to school supplies to underprivileged children in the Phoenix area. Please consider filling durable backpacks with the following.

K-5th Grade

  • 2 boxes of pencils
  • 1 package of pens
  • 1 pink eraser
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 package of lined paper
  • 2 spiral notebooks
  • 1 package of dry erase markers 
  • 1 pencil box or pouch
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 3 folders with prongs

6-8th Grade

  • 3 boxes of pencils
  • 1 pink eraser
  • 2 packages of lined paper 
  • 6 spiral notebooks
  • 1 thin dry erase marker
  • 1 glue stick
  • 8 pocket folders
  • 1 package of highlighters
  • 1 box of colored pencils
  • 1 1.5 inch binder
  • 3 black pens and 3 blue pens
  • 1 pencil sharpener

 

If you would like to deliver the backpacks and supplies, our warehouse is located at 1468 N 26th Ave, Phoenix 85009.  The hours of operation are 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. We can also arrange a pick up for you if you have a large amount of backpacks and supplies collected. Please schedule your transportation request two weeks prior to your pick-up date, and if you are dropping off your donation, please have the items at our warehouse by July 21st.

If you would like to hold a back to school drive contact Catie at chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org with any questions or concerns.

 

Thank you for partnering with us to help our students have a wonderful first day of school!

MAKE A DONATION FOR THE SCHOOL DRIVE HERE!

 

 

Free Food for Water Donations

FOUND:RE Hotel Forks Out Free Food for Water Donations

 The Boutique-style hotel to partner with Phoenix Rescue Mission for month-long water drive, beginning June 14

The FOUND:RE Hotel has partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission for a month-long water drive, beginning June 14, in support of the Mission’s 5th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief campaign.

 The boutique-style hotel, located in downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue and Portland Street, is asking the public to bring cases of water to the hotel, where donors will receive a buy-one-get-one-free certificate for every case of water they drop off. Each coupon is good for lunch sandwiches or salads and dinner entrees at the hotel’s wood-fired kitchen MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails.

All water donations will go directly to Phoenix Rescue Mission to support its Code:Red Street Outreach program, which is a central part of the heat-relief campaign, delivering water and other heat-relief items to those on the streets who need it most. Since the Mission first launched Code:Red in 2013, heat-related deaths among the homeless have continued on a downward trend, according to the latest data from Maricopa County.

“Every year our deadly summer heat claims the lives of too many people on our streets, and it’s vital that we all come together to fight this epidemic of homelessness,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Jay Cory. “Without the support of the public and local businesses like the FOUND:RE, we would not be able to continue our efforts in making our community a better place for everyone.”

The 5th Annual Code:Red campaign began on May 1 and runs through August 31. Partnering with several businesses and municipalities, including the cities of Phoenix, Peoria and Glendale, the nonprofit hopes to collect and distribute at least 1 million bottles of water during the campaign to support the needs within the community.

Other items needed include white socks, toiletries, cool snack packs, hats, light-colored T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, chilly neck coolers and more.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the new Changing Lives Center for Women and Children. For more information, call (602) 233-3000 to learn more about Code:Red Summer Heat Relief campaign.

Clothe. Feed. Pray. Partner

A homeless camp known as "Camp Alpha," housed nearly 30 individuals right off the freeway in Mesa. Numerous tents and RV's surrounded the dirt lot off McKellips and the 101, "this is the place these people called home," Nina a volunteer at the campsite said. Nina and her 4-year old daughter have been volunteering with the "community" after Nina's mother saw the tops of tents driving along the freeway. "We saw a lot of love and closeness here, it's no way to live, but this was their home."

The camp sat on land owned by ADOT, after nearly a year of attention, the state of Arizona ordered the  land to be vacated.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission along with Community Bridges, Veterans Services, ADOT, and the Phoenix Police Department gathered together Tuesday morning to have all the resources in one place, to transition the individuals out of homelessness, and safely and successfully relocate. "We go where the need is greatest. Ideally, we introduce them into the faith-based programs and the Phoenix Rescue Mission, but really it starts with planting that seed, once you do that you never know how God will move," Logan, a long-time volunteer with the homeless outreach team said.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission's outreach team went to the camp armed with both of the Hope Coach vans, geared with water and the homeless outreach team, to offer the services needed to make sure the individuals "living" on the land stay off the streets, and away from a life of homelessness.

The Mission has a partnership with the police, and the city, giving them the tools they need when they come across situations like these. This partnership gives everyone the tools necessary to get individuals the resources they need to live successful and healthy lives. Although, this was one of the largest camps any of the organizations had worked with, these living conditions are far too common in the City of Phoenix in our homeless communities. Nina explains, "they need resources, they need housing, they don't know how to take that first step, they need someone to help guide them."

Camp Alpha was successfully vacated on Tuesday.

Learn more about Camp Alpha here.