Comprehensive, Life-Changing Care for Men, Women and Children Struggling with Homelessness, Addiction and Trauma
There are endless reasons why a person may end up impoverished and alone, suffering on the streets of the Valley. But whatever the crisis — whether it be financial or familial, from harm suffered recently or childhood wounds endured decades earlier — Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Transformations Recovery Program is designed to address the root issues of an individual’s brokenness, and to bring lasting, holistic healing to their lives.
Very rarely does a life collapse overnight. Similarly, restoration cannot happen in a day. That’s why Transformations is a year-long residency, where guests focus wholly on their recovery with basic needs covered by the Mission. The program is built on a Gospel foundation, with an intense focus on the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial restoration of each individual.
At any given time, Transformations is equipped to serve:
(To ensure guest safety, the men’s and women’s programs are located at separate campuses.)
Thanks to a partnership with a local elementary school, school-aged children who arrive with their mothers will not experience a disruption in their education. Professionally staffed on-site childcare is also available for infants and toddlers, and for children on break from school.
Additionally, there is professional support for the resolution of legal issues, access to medical care and medication, transportation for necessary appointments and more. During the course of their stay, guests will experience regular one-on-one professional counseling, group therapy classes and workforce development that helps a person regain their independence.
If Arizona’s Department of Child Services has placed a son or daughter in protective custody — parent reunification is one of the primary goals.
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Going Deeper: Mapping the Journey to Wholeness
The Transformations program proceeds through 4 main phases, each one being 13-weeks long.
This phase of program focuses on the core issues that led clients to treatment, with special emphasis placed on mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Every Foundations client will participate in a treatment class 3 days a week. Immediately upon entering Foundations, clients will begin working on their personal plan for vocational development. Clients will be given personality and career assessments, as well as start working to achieve their Arizona Career Readiness Credential. Clients who do not have a GED or high school diploma will immediately be given the resources to begin working on this. All clients will be provided clinical counseling, case management, access to various classes including family reconciliation, parenting, and anger management.
The first 30 days of this program are a social detox. Clients are not permitted to have passes or phones during this initial period of treatment.
Clients will learn to come to terms with the hardship, trauma, abuse and other wrongs they’ve experienced, and take ownership for the hurt they’ve caused. Professional counseling guides the process, digging deep into the root issues of addiction, self-harm or other destructive behaviors.
During this time, participants build positive relationships and spiritual maturity through steady, one-on-one discipleship with a chaplain or someone in a similar role. Step by step and day by day, men and women regain control of their lives, embrace accountability and grow in Christ.
By the end of this phase, clients will have defined safety for themselves, their relationships, and environment. They will have learned how to identify and modulate their emotions in light of stressful memories, events, and people. Clients will process their grief brought on by personal losses and major life disruptions, as well as envision a future life in which their actions ensure the greatest possible safety for themselves and others.
Clients in this phase are allowed a 3-hour weekly Saturday pass with an approved family member or client with accountability. They will also be able to make two 15-minute phone calls to approved family/friends.
Most of the classes and activities in this phase of the program are focused on workforce development, financial literacy, and everyday life skills. Life skills topics range from grocery shopping and food preparation to setting interpersonal boundaries. Marriage and premarital counseling are offered to clients at this to help them transition into healthy and successful relationships after leaving treatment. Case management sessions are scheduled for 1 day a month and counseling sessions are made available as needed.
New Start or Ministry Training
Phoenix Rescue Mission believes a major indicator of success in recovery is employment. Most people, regardless of their stage of recovery, want to work. Individuals in recovery who are employed tend to have lower rates of relapse, fewer criminal violations, and an overall better quality of life than their unemployed counterparts. However, these individuals often have a number of barriers to overcome in obtaining employment, including criminal backgrounds, poor work history, lack of job skills and low educational attainment, and continued recurrence of substance abuse and mental health symptoms.
This New Start phase of the program prepares clients for independent living with a focus on relapse prevention, workforce development, and discipleship. Family reintegration will also be a focal point of this phase to assist clients in their transition after program completion. Clients who have not yet obtained their high school will have that as a main priority to exiting the program. The main objective of this phase is to help clients get living wage jobs with benefits and career prospects. Most of the time will be spent in a vocational training program that leads to a professional certification or in searching for, obtaining, and retaining a job.
Ministry Training (MT) is a 6-month training experience that provides select clients with practical training in Christ-centered outreach, rescue, and recovery ministry. It is available to clients who graduate from the 12-month Transformations Outpatient Program and are accepted based on an application and interview process.
Graduating from the Transformations Program
The Alumni Association provides clients with resources for success after their graduation. Clients attend regularly scheduled alumni group meetings and events that remain available to them long after they have graduated and moved on from the program. The alumni groups provide much-needed community support to former clients working to sustain their recovery and a sense of continued connection to these graduates. For the first 6 months after alumni have graduated and moved off of campus, they are eligible to participate in the Aftercare program, which offers intensive support to aid in the transition. Clients maintain access to counseling sessions, peer mentorship, case management services, and the childcare facility for working mothers.
Meet Some of Our Graduates
Graduates of our Transformations program have the privilege of joining our Mission Alumni Program, which includes monthly case management, employment support, relapse prevention and other services that focus on maintaining wellness. In short, we’re in this together for the long haul.
If you are ready to begin the journey to wholeness and healing, please call 833-HOPE-PHX (833-467-3749) to schedule an intake appointment today.