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.
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.
“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.
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!
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.
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.
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.