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.

Flagging Down Hope | July 2015 Newsletter

Transformation 360Flagging Down Hope

Walking home in the blistering July heat with her two children in tow, Eurodyces Dean started to wonder if she had made a mistake. Necessity had brought her to Phoenix; the moist, cold air of Chicago didn’t mix well with her son’s chronic lung disease. After an asthma attack last winter had nearly cost him his life, his doctor assured her that he would be safer in the dry heat of the southwest.

But now they were stuck.

Eurodyces didn’t know anyone here. The job search wasn’t going as planned. She had run out of savings and had been forced to move her family into transitional housing. She was wondering how she would put food on the table that week when Eurodyces saw a van in the distance. As it slowed down to pull a u-turn, she was able to read the words on the side.

Those simple words would change her life.

“I saw on the van it said Hope Coach and things like food and shelter,” says Eurodyces. “I waved down the driver to ask how I could get in contact with this Phoenix Rescue Mission.”

Chaplain Cliff Danley, Hope Coach coordinator, saw Eurodyces and her two children, 10 year old Theophilus and 5 year old Andrea, and offered them sack lunches, bottled water and the promise of a return trip.

Exactly what we needed

Over the next few months a friendship blossomed between Cliff and the Dean family.

“I text him on a regular basis to see how his day is going and to get his advice on different things. When he’s in the area he’ll stop by to see how we are doing. My kids adore him, they get excited when I tell them he’s on the way and they are sad to see him go. Everyone at the Mission is like that, so friendly and willing to help. It’s like I gained a family.”

But that wasn’t the end of the story. The food boxes and toiletries were helping keep the Dean family off the streets, but they weren’t a solution. She needed income. The problem was, the bus system in Phoenix is much different from the one in Chicago. The slow transit times and limited routes make it almost impossible to hold a steady job. She actually had to pass on a high-paying position because public transportation wouldn’t get her to work by the time her shift started.

She knew that if her situation was going to change she needed a car.

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“The next time I saw Cliff I asked him to pray with me about it,” says Eurodyces. “The same day, I found an elderly lady through Craigslist that not only took $300 less for her car than she was asking for it, she even paid for the title transfer and gave me $100 of my money back so I could afford insurance! If that’s not an answer to prayer, I don’t know what is.”

Today thanks to the prayers and support of friends like you, the Dean family no longer needs the support of the Mission. They are back on their feet and doing great. Eurodyces has a full-time position, her own apartment and the future is looking bright. She even surprised Cliff a few weeks ago by volunteering her time in our cafeteria.

“I don’t know what I would have done without Cliff and the Mission. I’m thankful that I’m able to give a little back to those who gave to me when I needed it most,” explains Eurodyces.

The Mission is committed to not only transforming the lives of the homeless but also helping families on the brink find hope and a path back to self-sufficiency. Thank you for the support that keeps loving families like Eurodyces’ safe, healthy and off the streets.

A Relationship in Good HealthGCU Nurses

From blisters and bug bites to more serious issues like respiratory infections and heart conditions, the homeless men and women we serve come to us suffering from a wide spectrum of medical issues. In an effort to better serve them, the Phoenix Rescue Mission has formed a brand new partnership with the Nursing Program at Grand Canyon University.

Every Tuesday, student nurses travel to the Community Services Center and the Changing Lives Center to perform wellness checks on both the recovery program residents and our homeless guests.

“We look at vital signs, check for immunizations, give information about STD testing and promote the importance of hydration, healthy nutrition and exercise,” says nurse Lynne Larson, head of the GCU nursing partnership program. “This is only our second semester but already we’ve seen lives saved as a result of our partnership.”

But our residents aren’t the only ones benefitting. The student nurses learn a lot from the experience.

“Unlike a hospital setting were we follow nurses and watch, here we’re required to apply what we’ve learned,” explains student nurse Shea Foster. “These people are relying on us to know what we are talking about, to be detailed in our approach. It’s the difference between watching and doing. We have the ability to make a difference and here we’re able to exercise that ability.”

Nurse Larsen’s life has been touched so much by what she’s seen at the Mission, that both she and her students want to do even more.

Their long-term goal is to set up a permanent examination clinic at the Mission to provide daily access to medical help to those who need it most. When they’re not on campus providing wellness checks, these students are out looking for financial support and donated medical supplies from businesses and others in the community – to make the clinic a reality.

“Before this current class graduates in December, we plan on having all the medical supplies we need collected and a computer record system up and running. Each subsequent class will pick up where the last one left off until we have a permanent, fully operational clinic here at the Mission,” explains Nurse Larson.

We’re excited! It’s another way we’re expanding our care and keeping our homeless neighbors healthy and safe, while continuing to bring transformation into their lives. Thank you for the support that makes life-saving partnerships like this possible!

Main Thing

Our old Phoenix Rescue Mission logo served us well for over 20 years. For more than two decades it represented hope to tens of thousands of men, women and children in desperate need of shelter, restoration and new life.

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As the Lord has blessed us and we continue to expand, to offer brand new services like the soon to be permanent GCU Student Medical clinic, we began to realize that the old logo wasn’t telling the full story. We wanted something that, at a glance, would better reflect who we are, what we do, and the wonderful city where we see God work every day.

Using the colors of the southwest, our new logo depicts a phoenix, the namesake of our city and a symbol of transformation. The phoenix is shown arising out of the ashes at the foot of the cross - the only place where true transformation is found. It all combines together to give a more accurate picture of what Phoenix Rescue Mission is all about.

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But our logo is not all that’s changing. The Mission is getting a facelift as well. As you can see, our expansion project is coming along nicely. Soon the second floor of the emergency shelter will be finished, offering more soft, safe beds to those who need them than ever before. The new computer lab is also a part of the construction, providing more space and more men and women the opportunity to find employment, housing, and learn valuable job skills through our vocational development program. Construction is moving so quickly that this picture is already outdated! To see more photos of our construction, visit phoenixrescuemission.org/1801.

This is an exciting time for the Mission and for those we serve. It won’t be long before we’re able to serve more souls than ever before in more ways than ever before – and it’s all because of the prayers and support of friends like you.

Thank you so much for the time, talent and treasure that makes improvements like this possible. Through our partnership, Phoenix is rising.

Finding the Answer | June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015 | Transformation 360Finding the Answer

Bill was stuck.

He felt too much shame to go back. After all the time and energy the counselors and his new friends had poured into him over the last six months, Bill couldn’t stand the thought of returning to the Men’s Recovery Program a failure.

Instead of facing his friends and confessing his relapse, he made a decision that would put his life in danger.

He decided to take his chances living on the streets – during the hottest months of the year.

Bill arrived in Phoenix in November of 2013 looking for escape from a past ruled by addiction. He found his way to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and signed up for our Men’s Recovery Program in hopes of turning his life around once and for all. For six months, he went to counseling sessions; he studied the bible and for the first time, felt like he was on his way to leaving drugs behind forever.

Then one night, Bill made a bad decision and relapsed.

Turning away from the Mission in shame, he decided to take his chances on the streets instead.

He had heard that the summers in Phoenix were rough, but he wasn’t worried. Bill explains, “I worked in a Pennsylvania quarry growing up. It was hard work and there was no shade all day. I thought I could handle it. But back there I never needed water like you do here. The humidity kept you hydrated. Here it’s a totally different kind of heat.”

Bill’s plan was to find a job, get back on his feet and finish his recovery on his own. But instead of looking for work, Bill found all his time was spent simply surviving.

“I would have to plan my day around finding water. It was more important than anything else. I could miss a meal, but water – water was life or death,” said Bill.

Eventually the heat was too much for Bill. He began to hallucinate and lived for a while in a state of confusion. Then, without warning, one day he woke up in the ER for severe dehydration. It was a wakeup call.

The shame he carried for relapsing wasn’t worth dying for.

After spending a brutal summer on the streets, Bill returned to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and re-enrolled in our Men’s Recovery Program in September 2014.

Today Bill is a graduate of our recovery program, living at one of our transition houses and working a full-time position at a large retail warehouse. He’s saving up for a car and is looking forward to getting his own apartment soon.

His experience on the streets has made Bill more determined than ever before to work toward a better future and help others on the same journey.

He tells us, “I met Christ here at the Mission. He used my relapse to bring me to a new level of understanding of His love and what it means to be reborn. I don’t know how I survived, but I want to let others on the street know that they have a choice, that the Phoenix Rescue Mission is a safe place where they can clean up their lives. Christ is the answer to what they are looking for.”

Click here to watch the video of Bill’s story in his own words.

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PARC

Homeless camps dot the landscape of Phoenix. Usually found in abandoned lots, under bridges and in back alleyways, they are breeding grounds for drug use, prostitution and violence. The trash they produce and the attention they attract can quickly become a danger to the neighborhoods where they exist and to homeless men and women who call them home.

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In an effort to bring transformation to such places and hope to their residents, the Phoenix Rescue Mission is partnering with local law enforcement through the PARC (Police and Rescue Collaboration) Bench program, we wrote about in January. For the past month, our shared focus has been to bring to end homelessness for the residents of these camps.

Our approach is a three step process:

  • Step 1: Establish a History – We start by talking to the neighbors and property owners of the camp site to get an idea of how long the camp has existed and who lives there.
  • Step 2: Report to the City – After we gather information, we then report our findings to the city. The city sends out a police detective to confirm the facts and speak to the property owners.
  • Step 3: Assess the Need – Outreach workers from the Phoenix Rescue Mission and mental health coordinators from Southwest Behavioral Health along with police officers interview each camper one-on-one. With compassion, our caseworkers assess their situations and determine how we can find solutions to their needs. The most desired outcome is that they choose to leave the camp behind in favor of a finding hope and a new start at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Just two weeks ago, three of the campers we spoke with decided they had enough of the streets and took a ride back to the Mission on the Hope Coach!

Through your support, we’re visiting homeless camps all across Phoenix and bringing the hope and transforming power of Jesus Christ to each one. It’s just another way our partnership is making our city a brighter place for those we serve!

This is a brand new program so expect updates on our progress in the future. Thank you for the support that makes life and city-transforming projects like this one possible!

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Handing Out Hope

Should you give a panhandler money?

We see their somber faces at intersections, in parking lots and outside convenience stores every day – men and women carrying cardboard signs pleading for assistance. The sight convicts us; it twists our hearts and makes us want to help. But is this really helping?

Many times the dollars we give to someone on the streets only serve to further an addiction. By offering a free meal or a coffee instead, we provide temporary comfort at best. Offering a free meal or cup of coffee, while it provides temporary comfort, is not sustainable. Our hearts sink when we see the person attached to the cardboard sign on the corner the next day.

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So how can we help without enabling – hand them a Phoenix Rescue Mission Panhandler Pack. Assembling a Pack is easy. Keep it in your car and you will be ready the next time you are sitting at an intersection.

In a one-gallon zip lock bag place:

  • Rescue Referral Card – you can download more Rescue Referral cards by clicking here. This handy card lists our address, our services, and a map to our location and meal service times.
  • Bus Ticket – one all day bus pass can be purchased at grocery stores across Phoenix for $4 and provides a safe, easy way to get to the Mission.
  • Bottle of Water – keep our homeless neighbors hydrated on their journey to our shelter.
  • White Socks – a new, clean pair of socks provides comfort for the trip ahead and protects against blisters that come from walking in worn shoes.
  • *Optional items include a granola bar, sunscreen, and toiletry items.

These items have the power to change a life – by providing the means to find true hope and transformation at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

We hope that you use the cards that we’ve enclosed to get you started. Those who are truly at a crossroad might be unaware of the services provided to those who need a hand up. A moment of conversation could help change the direction of someone’s life.

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Program Men Pay It Forward at Momma Jo’s in Downtown Phoenix

The concept of “Paying it Forward” is not lost on those who complete Phoenix Rescue Mission’s recovery program. Not long ago many of our graduates were desperate, strung out, and lost -- barely able to stand in line for a meal. It is a hopelessness that is hard to understand unless you have experienced it firsthand.

Watch as men from our recovery program volunteer at Mama Jo’s Saturday Outreach at Andre House in downtown Phoenix. Not only do they share their testimonies of overcoming the grip of drugs and alcohol, but they serve those waiting for a meal. See them give back and inspire others to make radical changes in their lives.

Bill joined the men's recovery program at the Mission, but relapsed and spent several months on the blistering streets of Phoenix in the summer before overcoming his pride and returning to finish the program. He is now employed, excited about his future, and is one of the men who regularly goes down to Momma Jo's to tell his story. You can read (and watch!) his story by clicking here.