RAP Unit : First Steps to New Life

RESCUE ASSESS PLACE

R.A.P. is a maximum 7-day Christ-centered residential program for men, women, and mothers with children facing homelessness and seeking recovery from addiction or other life-controlling problems. RAP meets basic needs, builds relationships, provides opportunity for Christian growth, and assesses clients in order to place them in the appropriate solution pathway. RAP is provided for men at the Community Services Center (CSC) and for women at the Changing Lives Center (CLC).

Not everyone needs shelter or addiction recovery services. Sometimes resume help, and a supportive environment are all a guest needs to get back on his or her feet. Others require extensive recovery time, counseling, and vocational development to find their way back to wholeness. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all program, R.A.P is designed to be the first step in breaking down all the services we offer and tailoring them to each individual we serve.

The R.A.P. program is coming up on it's one-year anniversary from when the program began.

In celebration of the program's one-year anniversary, R.A.P. is getting an incredible donation from Thunderbird's Charities of $100,000! This cause will directly impact the Changing Lives Center's R.A.P. program. Blake, the assistant case manager says, "this donation will get the R.A.P. unit moving to the next level by giving us more space and organization, and make it feel more like a home then a storage unit." The funds will go towards the re-model and renovation of the Changing Lives Center's R.A.P. office and classroom, along with a space for children in the R.A.P. unit.

Since July 2016, the Changing Lives Center at the Mission has had 269 women admitted into R.A.P. 65% (176) of those women finished their R.A.P. program, 67% (119) of those ladies entered into our Transformations program. And of those women that didn’t enter into our program, fifty seven women were referred to external housing, or another program that better suited their needs.

Never before have we been able to offer so many life-transforming services and at the same time tailor them to such a personal level. We expect to see God working like never before in the lives of those we serve and it's all thanks to the support of friends like you. Programs like this wouldn't be possible without the time, talent, and treasure you give in love!

Back when we first introduced the R.A.P. program, "RAP Man" came to the Changing Lives Center and got our community excited about what the R.A.P. program would offer individuals as they take the first steps towards recovery. Can I get a BOOM BOOM CLAP?!

Code : Red is Here

Summer begins early in Arizona. As the rest of the country enjoys Spring time, Arizona is seeing early signs of Summer. With most days coming close to triple digit weather, the Phoenix Rescue Mission is entering

Arizona summer days are deadly. Code:Red is the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Summer Heat Relief initiative to supply the homeless with resources to survive these dangerous days on the streets of the Valley of the Sun. In Arizona, an average of 118 people die every year from excessive heat. 95% of those deaths occur between May and September. Without someplace to escape from the blazing Phoenix summer heat, our homeless neighbors are at risk of serious illness — even death.

HOW CAN I HELP?

This is the fifth year the Mission has done the Code:Red program. There are many opportunities for partnership during this Summer program. Our Hope Coach vans hit the streets every day, engaging, and approaching our most vulnerable and needy community. The Hope Coach is the first step towards recovery. A bottle of water, an offer to join us for a hot meal, or perhaps a friendly face to know they are still seen. Through the Hope Coach we have the privilege to share, encourage and pray for men, women and children who need hope. Interested in taking a ride? Click here.

Since 2013, the Mission has distributed more than 2.7 million bottles of water! In 2016, the Mission surpassed our goals and distributed over 1.1 million water bottles thanks to the many organizations and individuals that want to make a difference in our community. Want to rally the troops and run a water drive of your own? Call (602) 346-3347 or click here to see how it works and what you need to know.

Make the biggest impact of all with a monetary donation.  Click here and please give now to help our hungry and homeless neighbors survive the summer heat.

General Mills is Making an Impact

Thank you General Mills for your generous grant of $20,000 to support the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Nourishing Hope: Feeding the Hungry in Phoenix Program.

The impact this program had over the past twelve months included: 

  • Providing 330,554 healthy meals for homeless children and adults in the congregate dining rooms of our men's shelter and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.
  • Distributing thousands of sack lunches and 1,116,479 bottles of water to homeless people through our Hope Coach during the scorching Phoenix summers, it was imperative that the homeless people have plenty of water to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Providing more than 10,000 food bags filled with nutritious nonperishable items (fruits, vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, etc.) to working poor families who struggle to make ends meet. Each food bag can feed a family of four for up to four days.

 

General Mills' grant provided for more that 25,000 of these meals!

Thank you for your compassion for our hungry and homeless and working poor individuals and families in our community!

 

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.

How Can I Make A Difference?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, but not sure how to get started? You can support the Phoenix Rescue Mission just by making some simple changes to your daily routine! Getting your groceries for the month? Enroll with Fry's Community Rewards, it's simple, just click here and "Enroll Now" select the Phoenix Rescue Mission and your transforming lives even as you shop! This is just the start ..

Doing some shopping on Amazon? Sign up here and choose the Phoenix Rescue Mission as your charity! You CAN make a difference! Make these small changes to your daily choices and help the hungry and homeless right in your community.

Are you interested in getting involved in the Mission? Do you want to see the lives transformed for yourself? Join us and make an impact! Check out our Volunteer Page and see how your special skills could help a neighbor in need.

It's because of supporters like you, the Mission is able to offer life-transforming solutions to individuals facing hunger and homelessness right here in Phoenix. We couldn't do it without your support, THANK YOU!