More Than Child Care

There’s no denying that the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center lives up to its name. We see God intervene in the lives of our women on a daily basis. But the truth is, their tales of transformation only account for half the story. The rest of the miracles on campus happen literally right under our noses.

Nina Mills, our childcare supervisor, has a front row seat to the transformation God works in our littlest residents. “We’re more than just childcare. Because of where these children have been and what they have been exposed to, we have to be.” Many of the children come to the Changing Lives Center with delays in their social and emotional development, with trust issues, and a predilection for hitting or biting over problem-solving. Most of these behaviors stem from a broken relationship with their parents and a lack of effective parenting.

But the good news is, by God’s grace and with the hard work of our staff and volunteers, all of these things can be overcome. “They are still little enough that if they are given the opportunity, they catch right back up with their peers,” says Nina. “It’s amazing to watch. Usually in one to two weeks we see huge differences in the children in our care.” But to keep the progress going, the parent must be willing to change as well. “Many of the parents here have unrealistic expectations when it comes to the behaviors of their children, because in many cases, they have never been parented themselves. It’s really hard for a mother to admit ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’


Our  responsibility is to pass on what we do to the moms. We work really closely with them to give them the resources and encouragement they need to become great parents.” Your partnership does more than heal the lives of the women we serve – it’s transforming our future by touching the lives of these little ones. The love you give makes all the difference in restoring these families torn apart by addiction. “It’s always such a blessing to see the kiddos start to lose the fear and the anxiety they came in with and begin to trust again. Then to see that healing extend to the relationship with their mother… it’s a miracle every time.”

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Food Box Deliveries

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The holidays are fast approaching, and volunteers with the Phoenix Rescue Mission is spreading a bit of holiday cheer, by delivering hundreds of food boxes with a turkey, to ensure everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend, Taylor Roberts and her family made the rounds, delivering the boxes to those around town who might go without a Thanksgiving.

"They smile, and they look happy, and it makes me feel really warm inside," said Roberts.


Spreading holiday cheers with food box deliveries

Volunteers are making sure that people in need across the Valley will have a Thanksgiving meal this year. FOX 10's Ty Brennan reports.

Roberts' family is just one of hundreds of volunteers that put together the boxes, and then delivered them to people across the valley. The Phoenix Rescue Mission has been delivering these boxes, during every Thanksgiving season, for the past two decades.

"We want to make sure that every family is able to have a wonderful turkey dinner, and enjoy the family opportunity like the rest of us do," said Gail Engstrom with the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

For the Roberts family, they hope this delivery will become a tradition for them, in the years to come.

"It really -- you can't put a price on the experiences you get," said Roberts.

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


CEO Update: It’s Time to Pray!

A Call to Action from Jay Cory, CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission, for the National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2016

We are facing perilous times both at home and abroad.  A tsunami of evil is sweeping the globe with terrorism, violence, and persecution on the rise.  The whole world seems to be spiraling downward and our leaders have lost their moral compass and appear determined to be guide us further away from God.  I am reminded of Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”  Every day we see firsthand the rapidly increasing demand for our services and the devastating impact of issues like addiction, abuse, violence, and poverty.  Men, women, and families come to us daily with few resources and little knowledge of how to succeed.   Federal remedial programs appear to be more interested in creating lasting dependency rather than empowerment towards self-sufficiency.

The good news is that there is hope, but we must act and we must act now!  On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a thanksgiving proclamation to the American people.  President Lincoln clearly recognized the primary cause of our nation’s problem was that we had turned our back on God. He also recognized that the primary solution to our nation’s problems was to turn our face towards Him.  We as believers have access through Jesus Christ to the most powerful force in the universe – God.  In Hebrews 4:16 we learn that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  In Jesus’ teaching on prayer in Matthew 6, not once did He say “if you pray” but repeatedly said “when you pray.”  We have the most powerful tool ever known to mankind, but we must use it. Please don’t sit on the sidelines and just complain about all the problems. Pray! Seek God’s will and take action!

God desire is for each of us to have a healthy, thriving prayer life.  He is always more ready to hear us that we are to pray. He knows our needs even before we ask and is well aware of our ignorance in not making proper requests. Prayer helps us come in line with God's will for our lives. Through prayer we adopt an attitude of dependent trust which is ready to receive God's gifts and to yield in open trust and praise to His demands. Prayer is communion, not a battering ram used to break down the door to get to God's treasure house. It is where the child of the Father receives that which He is already prepared to give.

As the world and our nation appear to be spiraling downward, I believe that God is giving us opportunity to rise up and meet the challenge. I believe that He is guiding us to take back key centers of influence and to make great societal impact. Refining pressure removes impurities and produces diamonds. The world’s (man’s) ways simply do not work and the problems continue to compound. In Luke 10:2, Jesus says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s vision is to see “a community mobilized to transform lives and end hunger and homelessness.”  There are numerous ways you can partner with us but the greatest is prayer. Please pray for the Phoenix Rescue Mission as we seek to be the best tool we can be in the hands of God.

"Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18