Winter Wonderland

Our annual Winter Wonderland Event is right around the corner on December 16th. It's a special day where the families we serve select a toy for their children for Christmas and children can "shop" for their parents.

We need toys for children of all ages, as well as items for adults like household wares, personal care items, blankets, and tools. There will also be cookie decorating, fun activities and hot chocolate for everyone! Bring your unwrapped items to our Mission Support Center, 1468 N. 26th Avenue by Friday, December 15th from 8am - 4 pm (closed Saturdays and Sunday).

 

Winter Wonderland - December 16th

Bring all toys donations to:

1468 N. 26th Ave by Friday, December 15th from 8am-4pm

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!

Phoenix Rescue Mission Collects more than 1 Million Bottles of Water for Homeless

Nonprofit reaches record-breaking milestone during its 4th annual
Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign

PHOENIX (Sept. 22, 2016) – Phoenix Rescue Mission announced today it reached a record-breaking milestone during its 4th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign, collecting more than 1.2 million bottles of water for the homeless and elderly shut-ins during the four-month campaign.

In celebration of the achievement, Phoenix Rescue Mission hosted its annual Code:Red Donor Appreciation Breakfast, inviting community leaders and campaign partners to join mission staff and volunteers at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes on Thursday, Sept. 22.

“This milestone is a direct reflection of our community’s ongoing commitment to protect our most vulnerable population during such a dangerous time of year,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Jay Cory. “With the support of the public, several municipalities, and our campaign sponsors (Movement Mortgage, Xerox, Practice Strageties, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake), Code:Red has not only expanded each year but has saved many lives. In fact, according to Maricopa County officials, heat-related deaths have steadily declined since we first launched Code:Red in 2013.”

As temperatures remain high, Phoenix Rescue Mission is still accepting donations for water, socks, sunscreen, hats, toiletries and other heat relief items. All donations can be dropped off at the nonprofit’s Mission Support Center and Donation Warehouse (1468 N. 26th Avenue in Phoenix), Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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 or visit http://phoenixrescuemission.org/codered.

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God asked, “Are you ready?” | June 2016 Newsletter

God asked, "Are you ready?"

Sun striking his eyes, Gilbert slowly regained consciousness on the sidewalk near the corner of 11th Avenue and Jackson Street. The night before was a blur. After 22 years of living out of a bottle, Gilbert had finally decided that he had had enough and embarked on the bender to end all benders – in attempt to end his life.

It didn’t work.

Instead, he woke with a pounding headache and the stinging realization that he had failed to die. More determined than ever to stop a lifetime of pain, Gilbert readied himself to run out into traffic. But before he could step off the curb, God stepped in and led him down an altogether different path.

A police officer stepped between Gilbert and the road and asked him to move along. At that moment, Gilbert felt something he had never felt before.

Gilbert

“I didn’t know what it was then, but looking back, I know it was the Holy Spirit speaking into my soul,” admits Gilbert. ”He asked, ‘Are you ready?’ and suddenly I had this great urge to move. I had never heard about the Phoenix Rescue Mission, I didn’t know where it was, but the end of my journey that day led me to the front gates.”

Gilbert got a bed and a few hot meals at our Community Services Center, but it wasn’t enough. He was sober, but nothing else had changed. He was mourning the death of his son, delivered stillborn 22 years ago. Each night when he laid his head on his pillow, he was reminded of his failed marriage and separation from his family. Without alcohol to numb the pain, Gilbert’s hopelessness was tangible.

“I had a lot of trust issues at the beginning and kept mostly to myself. But I started listening to Chaplain Gabe preach and slowly, the things he had to say started making sense. God’s Word began chipping away at my heart.”

Gilbert took the next step and enrolled in our Transformations Recovery Program. Among our caring counselors and staff, he finally found where the Holy Spirit had been leading him.

“I spent 22 years in a bottle, hating myself and despising who I was. It took someone like Chaplain Gabe to turn that around. He showed me the power of Christ’s love and eventually I was able to love myself again.”

Terri and Gilbert

Today, Gilbert is a graduate of our Men’s Recovery Program and even went on to become one of our Ministry Training graduates – teaching some of the very same recovery classes that helped turn his life around. He’s sober, has a car, a job in the produce department at Fry’s Food and is attending college. He’s even found a new love! Her name is Terri and they are engaged to be married in October.

But through it all, Gilbert hasn’t forgotten that dark day when he almost ended it all. He makes it a point to visit that lonely stretch of sidewalk every year – the anniversary of when he felt a small still voice lead him away from death to everlasting life.

“For me to forget is to repeat my misery. I’m not willing to go back down that path anymore.”

Thank you for making sure Gilbert had a place to find hope in his darkest hour. Your support means more than food and shelter. For people like Gilbert, it’s life and death and a chance to find true transformation.

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The Key to Life

Summer doesn’t officially start for a couple more weeks – but this is Phoenix. Triple-digit temperatures have been here since the beginning of May. For you and me, it’s an inconvenience, a return to sizzling car seats and high A/C bills. But for those caught out on the street, it’s an altogether different situation.

It’s life and death.

I know it sounds like a cliché but it’s true.

Every year, scores of men and women lose their lives due to dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. No one is more vulnerable than those who can’t escape the sun - our homeless neighbors.

People who make their homes in abandoned lots, beside canals and in the back alleyways of our city often have no idea of the threat heading their way. Matthew has only been homeless for a few months; he’s never experienced a Phoenix summer on the streets – but soon he will be one of the thousands in danger of losing their lives.

“Once people like Matthew hit this level of homelessness, they’re stuck,” says Chaplain Cliff, head of our Hope Coach program. “They don’t have the resources or the means to get away from the heat or do anything about it.”

Homeless Camp

That’s why Chaplain Cliff hits the streets 5 days a week, in tandem with our fabulous volunteers. Their mission is to find people like Matthew, equip them with cool bottled water and hygiene supplies, and warn them about the risks they are about to face. Cliff’s ultimate goal is to convince them to leave the streets behind and find new life at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

“People ask me, ‘But these are homeless people, they’ve got no ties. Why don’t they just head north or someplace like San Diego for the summer?’” says Cliff. “What people don’t understand is, these are men and women who are in bondage. Whether the chains are linked to addiction, a medical condition or a mental issue, they are here because something keeps them here. But the good news is; we have the key. We can unlock the chains holding them to this lifestyle. But it’s a race against time. We have to get to people like Matthew before the heat does.”

With your continued support, Code Red and the Hope Coach will be running week in and week out, keeping our neighbors like Matthew safe. It truly is a matter of life and death to many we serve.

Your help is needed today. Volunteer to ride with the Hope Coach this summer and provide life-saving water and hope to those who are stuck on the streets.

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Something as simple as a meal and a place to cool off can change everything for someone caught out in the summer heat. Get a first-hand look at how our fabulous volunteers help make that miracle happen daily with a smile!

Interested in volunteering? Click here to see the latest opportunities.

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Instead of Justice, Hope | May 2016 Newsletter

Instead of Justice, Hope

His name is Justice, but he’s quick to tell you that throughout his life he’s experienced anything but.

“My past is full of mistakes but somehow I always managed to avoid the consequences,” Justice admits. “I was doing every drug imaginable at 11 years old, running with gangs, robbing drug dealers… by all rights, I should be in prison or dead.”

Justice’s luck finally ran out last summer when a bout with heroin cost him his living arrangements, his transportation, even the custody of his children. He suddenly found himself homeless in Phoenix in the blistering July heat, a situation that has been a death sentence to so many in our city. But God was about to arrange a better plan.

Instead of finally finding the justice he deserved – hope found him first.

“It still gives me chills to think about it.”

Sweating in the desert sun and standing on the corner of 27th Ave and Northern, Justice was reaching out to his older brother in Nashville. His brother had been in and out of penitentiaries his whole life, culminating in an attempted suicide just a month earlier. But then, something unbelievable happened. Justice heard his brother had checked into a homeless shelter, the Nashville Rescue Mission, where he managed to kick his drug habits and establish a newfound relationship with Jesus Christ.

“I was telling him about my situation and he was pleading with me to find the same kind of help he did,” Justice remembers. “He said there was a rescue mission in almost every major city. I was hot, I was frustrated and I told him that was all well and good for Nashville, but there wasn’t anything like that here.”

Right after Justice hung up the phone, Chaplain Cliff pulled up in front of him in the Phoenix Rescue Mission Hope Coach.

“I couldn’t believe it. It said Phoenix Rescue Mission on the side, plain as day. The door opened up and people got out offering me cold water and a sack lunch.”

Like so many caught out in the summer heat, the full gravity of his situation hadn’t hit Justice. The dry air and excessively hot temperatures can cause heat stroke to occur in as little as 10-15 minutes of exposure, causing permanent damage to the brain, heart and kidneys. Chaplain Cliff quickly put his situation into perspective.

4 Ways to Help

“He told me, ‘This is July, it’s hot and it’s only going to get hotter. And it’s not the kind of heat that is just uncomfortable, it can get deadly real quick. Right now is the time to get off the streets.’ I took the warning to heart, gathered up my stuff and three days later Cliff picked me up and brought me to the Mission.”

Today Justice has found his own relationship with Christ and is working through the first stage of recovery. He was fortunate to find hope right when he needed it, but many others aren’t so lucky.

Last year, a mix of blazing summer temperatures and a lack of proper hydration claimed 55 lives in our city. That’s 55 people that could have been saved by something as simple as a bottle of water.

That’s why each summer the Phoenix Rescue Mission takes to the streets through our Code Red campaign to put these kinds of life-saving bottles of water, nourishing food and cooling supplies into the hands of those who need them the most. I’m proud to say that though your generosity and partnership with Code Red, we’ve seen the number of lives lost fall dramatically every year since we started in 2013!

But until that number is zero we still have work to do.

Together we can continue to make a difference and keep even more people like Justice safe this summer. Thank you for helping us beat the heat this season and keep the men, women and children we serve safe!

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Kids Can Save Lives Too!

The summer heat is a big issue for those caught out on the streets, but that doesn’t mean our littlest volunteers can’t help come to the rescue! Just ask Allison Lee.

When she was 10 years old, she heard a news story about how our homeless neighbors were in danger because of the summer heat. Allison organized her own water drive using the power of social media. The response was enormous. She received support from all over the world – even as far away as Australia!

“At first I was nervous that it wouldn’t get any attention,” said Allison. “But when donations started coming in from halfway across the world, I realized there were so many people who cared, and I felt better.”

By the time it was all over, Allison had raised over 160 cases all on her own! Today she’s 12 years old, a middle schooler at Wigwam Middle School and last year she topped her efforts by raising 267 cases or 6,408 bottles of life-saving water! She plans on starting the process again this June.

This summer encourage your kids to be a part of the solution by organizing a water drive in your neighborhood or, like Allison did, online using social media. Not only will the experience have a positive impact on your kids – you’ll be be saving lives together!

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Heat Relief Rescue Packs

Place some or all of the following in a plastic gallon-sized Ziplock bag:

  • 1 pair new socks
  • 1 white t-shirt
  • 1 cap or bandana
  • 1 bottle sunscreen
  • 1 lip balm or Chapstick
  • 2 snacks/protein bars
  • 1 Christian tract, inspiring note or pocket-sized Bible

You can drop off your donations Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Mission Support Center and Donation Warehouse at 1468 N. 26th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009.

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