Banking on Transformation

This past January, we were approached by Hope for Hunger Food Bank in Glendale with the possibility of taking over their outreach – providing groceries, bread, fresh vegetables, meat and dairy to men, women, and children who need them most. After much prayer and deliberation, Phoenix Rescue Mission is proud to announce that we have decided to accept the offer and continue the good work Hope for Hunger has started! “This operation will greatly expand our anti-poverty ministry outreach and give us a base of ministry operations in Glendale,” says our President and CEO Jay A. Cory. Currently, Hope for Hunger serves 100 families a day, Monday through Thursday every week. Providing groceries offsets the cost of food allowing families on the edge of homelessness relief. Going forward, these individuals and families will also have the opportunity to connect with a bevy of Phoenix Rescue Mission services designed to break them out of the cycle of poverty and get them back on their feet! We’re excited to be able to reach out and offer hope to hurting families in a whole new way – and it’s all because of friends like you who make it possible! Check out our newsletter next month for more details!

 

Exclusive Red Carpet Movie Premiere – OCT 18TH!

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is the true story of international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in hopes of saving his struggling marriage to Debbie (Renee Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Jon Voight plays Hall’s father, with whom he reconciles thanks to the revelations of his new life.

With much of the story taking place at a rescue mission, Pure Flix Entertainment and Paramount Pictures have provided the opportunity for helping and compassion organizations to host pre-release red carpet events on October 18, 2017.

See this video invitation from Ron Hall, author of the book and co-author of the screen play.

You are cordially invited to join Phoenix Rescue Mission volunteers, donors and friends for this once in a generation event! Limited number of seats available, reserve your spot TODAY! This is your chance to see the movie before it hits theaters!

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

 

Movie Times: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00

 

Locations:

AMC DESERT RIDGE 18

21001 N TATUM BLVD STE 32

PHOENIX, AZ 85050

 

AMC AHWATUKEE 24

4915 E RAY RD

PHOENIX, AZ 85044

 

AMC WESTGATE 20

9400 WEST HANNA DR.

GLENDALE, AZ 85031

 

Ticket Price: $15.00 Donation

 

Space is limited!! Reserve your seats today!!

 

Click HERE to purchase your tickets for this exclusive pre-screening of Same Kind of Different as Me!

6 Reasons the Mission Transformed More Lives Than Ever in 2015

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As the first day of winter, today is National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day. We are proud to say that the Mission is a powerful force in ending homelessness and providing programs and plans for our hungry, addicted, and needy neighbors. 2015 has been quite a year here at the Mission, but here are a few of the milestones that are helping us transform more lives than ever:

  • PARC: In the spring, we joined with Phoenix Police to begin the "Police and Rescue Collaboration." Our team of Case Managers joined the forces of Phoenix Police as they entered homeless camps. This way, rather than arresting repeat misdemeanor offenders, our case managers spoke with each man and women to help them build a plan and gave them the resources they need to begin taking steps in the right direction. See photos of the first homeless camp we entered together on Facebook.
  • AZ Gives Day: On April 7, Arizona givers voted the Phoenix Rescue Mission into first place on Arizona Gives Day for the 2nd year in a row! Over $97,000 was raised in a single day - nearly double any other competitor - thereby winning an additional $15,000 grant for the transforming work at the Mission. 2016's Arizona Gives Day is coming up on April 5!
  • Clients Reach Out at Momma Jo's: Graduates began reaching out to other homeless and hurting individuals at Momma Jo's in downtown Phoenix. Many of them were once there, but now they want to give hope to the place they had left behind. Watch a video of clients reaching out and sharing hope with others in downtown.
  • 2nd Hope Coach: In late April, a second Hope Coach was donated to the Mission, which doubled the amount of impact we are having on the streets of Phoenix. Double the number of streets we can visit, sack meals we can provide, water bottles we can deliver, and hope we can offer. See the work the Hope Coach is doing and learn about volunteering here.
  • Shelter Expansion Doubles Available Beds: From March through August, we were working to expand our shelter space at the Community Services Center. We had to rearrange significantly to keep beds open even during construction, but upon opening in August, the number of beds for shelter and men's recovery doubled to nearly 200 men every night. See pictures of the entire expansion process on our digital photo album.
  • Biggest Code Red Heat Relief Ever: During our blazing hot summer, hundreds of big businesses, small dental offices, churches, school groups, families, and even kids conducted water drives, raising 860,907 bottles of water! We broke another record by giving away 760,687!! Also, the matching grant in May and June was fully met, we provided life-saving water to many other organizations including St. Mary's Food Bank to spread our impact even further, and the Hope Coach team literally saved the life of someone who nearly died of dehydration on a Phoenix sidewalk. See more about Code Red on our special web page here.

We don't have the final numbers yet, but 2015 is easily going to surpass all other years in number of meals provided, bed nights of shelter offered, and recovery clients transforming their lives.

The life-transforming work being done here at the Mission has also been noticed by our community! We are proud to be counted one of the "2015 Top Homeless Services Organizations" recognized by Coulter Nissan in Surprise. They wrote an excellent article describing the best places in Phoenix to give this winter, and we were at the top of the list!

Women in recovery honored as first graduating class of culinary arts vocational training program

MEDIA ADVISORY

Humana Foundation to donate $3,000 to program at Phoenix Rescue Mission ceremony

WHO: Phoenix Rescue Mission and Human Foundation.

WHAT: Six residents of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center for Women & Children, a long-term recovery program for women struggling with addiction and/or abuse, will be honored as the first graduating class of a culinary arts vocational training program funded in part by the Humana Foundation. Humana will present a $3,000 check during the ceremony so the Mission can continue providing the 16-week program. The grant is part of Humana’s commitment to volunteerism.

WHY: The Changing Lives Center serves a targeted group of homeless women and children; many of whom have suffered domestic abuse, substance abuse and addiction. The culinary arts program is just one of the many ways the center helps these mothers transition to a healthy and independent lifestyle so they do not return to the streets.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29

WHERE: Contact the media contacts below for location information.

VISUALS:      

  • The Humana Foundation and Phoenix Rescue Mission will honor the four women of the first graduating class.
  • Graduating class members may be available to speak on what the program means to them and their future independence.
  • The Humana Foundation will present a $3,000 check to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
  • Spokespersons from the Humana Foundation and Phoenix Rescue Mission will be available for interviews.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The non-profit 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.

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Media Contacts:

Josh Skalniak, Fingerpaint, office: (480) 368-7999; cell: (480)352-2050, jskalniak@fingerpaintmarketing.com

Nicole Peña, Phoenix Rescue Mission, office: (602) 346-3342; cell: (602) 516-8576 (Onsite Contact) npena@phoenixrescuemission.org

 

Click here to download the Press Release PDF.

New Math

By Jay Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission

Jesus is the Great Multiplier:

 Matthew 15: [32] Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.” [33] His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?” [34] “How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.” [35] He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. [36] Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. [37] They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. [38] The number of those who ate was four thousand, besides women and children.

 God has faithfully met the needs of the Phoenix Rescue Mission for over 60 years. It is amazing to see the hand God at work in our ministry as we seek to serve the hungry and homeless in His name. Jesus takes whatever we bring Him. He gives thanks for it.  He breaks it. He transforms it and then multiplies it in ways we would not have imagined. Then He gives it back to a hungry world who distributes it according to His will. Phoenix Rescue Mission is meeting more needs than ever but may we never rely on our plans alone or lean on our own understanding. May we always seek God on how He wants to meet even greater needs for His glory.  

 We are so blessed to have such a great group of donors and volunteers who partner with us in providing life-transformational opportunities for the those we serve. But our donors nd volunteers lives are also being transformed as they encounter a deeper relationship with the Lord through their service. God is not only interested in the lives of our program clients, but also in the lives of all stakeholders who assist us.  

 This past Friday we were able to celebrate how God has assembled a team of volunteers and donors to meet our need for dormitory furniture for our men’s recovery program. It was a blessing to see God transform their lives by giving of their time, talent, and treasures so that our men could have better facilities. It was also a blessing to hear how God has deepened their walk with Him through their service. In addition to meeting the need for dorm furniture, God has assembled other groups to renovate our bathrooms and showers, establish a tree and vegetable garden, build ball courts for our clients, and replace our fencing to make it look more attractive. Our men have also been at work cleaning the place up and painting. 

We are deeply grateful for our partners that God users as ministry multipliers.  May we always take what God has provided, give thanks for it, and return it to Him so He can multiply it according to His will and meet even grater needs.

Thank you for all that you do!