Movement Mortgage Making an Impact

Retail home lender Movement Mortgage and its philanthropy arm, Movement Foundation, has donated more than 400,000 bottles of water and a $150,000 matching grant to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s 5th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign. The donation, which is one of the largest single contributions to the Code:Red campaign since it began in 2013, was presented to Phoenix Rescue Mission during a press conference at the Mission’s donation warehouse.

“Because of Movement Mortgage’s generous gift, our staff and volunteers can continue their heat relief efforts at a time when it’s needed most,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission spokesperson Nicole Pena. “As we continue to expand our Code:Red campaign and street outreach, we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help us protect our most vulnerable populations during these hot summer months.”

Immediately following the ceremony, Movement Mortgage volunteers joined the Mission’s street outreach team to deliver the water and other heat-relief items directly to those living on the streets.

“At Movement, we believe in a simple idea: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The intense heat in Arizona has left so many of our neighbors in life-threatening circumstances, and I am so proud of our teammates in Arizona and across the Western states that stepped up with such generosity to be difference makers,” Ignacio Metcalf, Movement Mortgage national sales director, said. “We are honored to work with the Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Movement Foundation to ensure these 400,000 bottles of water and the $150,000 matching grant will bring life, light and hope to our neighbors in greatest need.”

In addition to the donated funds and water, Movement Mortgage volunteers also assembled nearly 500 Summer Survival Kits, which included t-shirts, sunblock, granola bars, hats and other heat-relief items to be handed out to the homeless during the city-wide heat-relief campaign.

THANK YOU MOVEMENT MORTGAGE!

Women in recovery honored as first graduating class of culinary arts vocational training program

MEDIA ADVISORY

Humana Foundation to donate $3,000 to program at Phoenix Rescue Mission ceremony

WHO: Phoenix Rescue Mission and Human Foundation.

WHAT: Six residents of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center for Women & Children, a long-term recovery program for women struggling with addiction and/or abuse, will be honored as the first graduating class of a culinary arts vocational training program funded in part by the Humana Foundation. Humana will present a $3,000 check during the ceremony so the Mission can continue providing the 16-week program. The grant is part of Humana’s commitment to volunteerism.

WHY: The Changing Lives Center serves a targeted group of homeless women and children; many of whom have suffered domestic abuse, substance abuse and addiction. The culinary arts program is just one of the many ways the center helps these mothers transition to a healthy and independent lifestyle so they do not return to the streets.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 29

WHERE: Contact the media contacts below for location information.

VISUALS:      

  • The Humana Foundation and Phoenix Rescue Mission will honor the four women of the first graduating class.
  • Graduating class members may be available to speak on what the program means to them and their future independence.
  • The Humana Foundation will present a $3,000 check to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
  • Spokespersons from the Humana Foundation and Phoenix Rescue Mission will be available for interviews.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The non-profit 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.

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Media Contacts:

Josh Skalniak, Fingerpaint, office: (480) 368-7999; cell: (480)352-2050, jskalniak@fingerpaintmarketing.com

Nicole Peña, Phoenix Rescue Mission, office: (602) 346-3342; cell: (602) 516-8576 (Onsite Contact) npena@phoenixrescuemission.org

 

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Phoenix Rescue Mission helps 600 disadvantaged students head back-to-school

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Students in grades K-12 will receive fully-stocked backpacks, uniform vouchers and sports physicals during Saturday, July 25 event

WHO: Phoenix Rescue Mission and 600 students in grades K-12.

WHAT: Homeless and poor students from various Title I District schools throughout the Valley will receive backpacks, uniforms, back-to-school supplies and equipment, and sports physicals.

WHY: Every year Phoenix Rescue Mission hosts its back-to-school event so children of homeless and poor families have the same opportunity for success as every other student. If not for Phoenix Rescue Mission, it’s donors and volunteers, many of these children would begin the school year without the necessary tools to thrive. This not only sets them back academically but also decreases their self-esteem and overall well-being, decreasing their chances for future success.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, from 9 – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Contact Nicole Peña or Josh Skalniak for location details (contact info below)

VISUALS:      

  • More than 500 elementary and middle school students will receive backpacks filled with school supplies and school uniforms.
  • 100 high school students will receive free sports physicals.
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission will be signing up poor and homeless families to receive food boxes, as well as offering case management and vocational development services.
  • A Phoenix Rescue Mission spokesperson will be on hand to talk about the Mission and its work to ensure underprivileged children in the community are not forgotten.
  • Disadvantaged families may be available to talk about what it means to them that the community is stepping up to help the underprivileged.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The non-profit 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.

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Media Contacts:

Josh Skalniak, Fingerpaint, office: (480) 368-7999; cell: (480)352-2050, jskalniak@fingerpaintmarketing.com

Nicole Peña, Phoenix Rescue Mission, office: (602) 346-3342; cell: (602) 516-8576 (On-Site), npena@phoenixrescuemission.org

 

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Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale Summer Water Drive

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Jeremy Heath, Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale

Cell 870-897-9266 Store: 480-907-6699, jeremy@FleetFeetScottsdale.com

 

Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale Summer Water Drive

Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale hosts its 2nd annual water drive to raise hydration awareness and provide water to the homeless and homebound of Phoenix.

WHO: Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale, OSR Physical Therapy, and Water for Our World to benefit Phoenix Rescue Mission.

WHERE: Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale, 18261 N. Pima Road STE E-135, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

WHEN: Saturday July 25, 2015 from 6:30am-5pm

WHAT: This water drive is being held to increase awareness of the heat related deaths that occur in Maricopa County. Last July alone, there were 39 heat related deaths and the total number of Arizona deaths each summer hovers around 100. Excessive heat warnings were issued for 12 days last summer and those days typically correlate to the highest numbers of deaths. Although the statistics show that we are doing much better at providing information and water to the homeless, the homebound population is still at a very high risk. The public is invited to drop off a case of water to Fleet Feet Scottsdale during the hours noted and Phoenix Rescue Mission will distribute to people in need with the help of Water for Our World . There will be a family-friendly fun 5k run starting at 6:30am. Games, giveaways, free running analysis and more will follow the run. Related awareness information and hydration tips will be provided by Fleet Feet Sports.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Video, photo and interview opportunities with participants and event organizers will be available. If you are interested in attending or have any further questions please contact Jeremy Heath at 870-897-9266 or jeremy@fleetfeetscottsdale.com

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Papa Murphy’s Helps Hydrate Homeless In Code Red Summer Heat Relief Program

Papa Murphys

Water donations will be accepted at Valley Papa Murphy’s locations in June.

Who:               Papa Murphy’s Pizza and Phoenix Rescue Mission

What:              June 2015 Water Drive

When:             June 1-30, 2015

Where:            All Valley Papa Murphy’s Locations

Why:               To collect cases of water to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s goal of hydrating the homeless

Join all Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations in this important endeavor to hydrate the homeless population of Phoenix. Drop off a case of water between June 1- June 30 to any Valley Papa Murphy’s Pizza location and receive $5 off a Family Size Pizza. Limit one discount per person during the month of June, 2015.

“Water is a minimum essential,” said Phoenix Franchise Owner Ed Holmes, “When we were apprised of the great need our city’s homeless population has for this resource, we knew we had to step up. We have over 40 locations Valley-wide set up as collection spots and we’re hoping others will be compelled to act for this worthy cause.”

The bottled water collected at Phoenix Metro Papa Murphy’s Pizza locations will support the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code Red summer heat relief for the homeless. This is the third-year of the life-saving campaign, which last year distributed more than 362,000 bottles of water on the streets.  This year’s goal is to collect 500,000 bottles of water. Papa Murphy’s Pizza is proud to be part of this effort.

About Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy's Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRSH) is a franchisor and operator of the largest Take 'N' Bake pizza chain in the United States, selling fresh, hand-crafted pizzas ready for customers to bake at home. The company was founded in 1981 and currently operates over 1,400 franchised and corporate-owned fresh pizza stores in 38 States, Canada and United Arab Emirates. Papa Murphy's core purpose is to bring all families together through food people love with a goal to create fun, convenient and fulfilling family dinners. In addition to scratch-made pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of grab 'n' go items, including salads, sides and desserts. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com. Find Papa Murphy’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.

About Phoenix Rescue Mission:  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 www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

Media Contacts:

Charlotte Shaff

Charlotte@themediapush.com

602-418-8534

 

Nicole Peña

npena@phoenixrescuemission.org

602-516-8576

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