At Phoenix Rescue Mission, we couldn’t do all that we do without the dedication and passion of our many volunteers who give their time, talents and treasures. With all that they give, it’s always amazing to hear how much they get back from serving others. Here is a perfect example – a testimonial from Julie Patrick.
For long-time Phoenix Rescue Mission volunteer Julie Patrick, riding on the Hope Coach mobile outreach van to help the homeless men and women she saw on the streets was a completely different experience.
Patrick and her colleagues at Greystar Real Estate Partners in Phoenix know the Mission well. They have volunteered over the years in countless ways including serving meals at the men’s shelter, coordinating sock drives, sponsoring needy families at Christmas, and participating in last year’s Code Red heat relief campaign, where over 450,000 bottles of water were collected across the Valley. She’s even taken advantage of the Mission’s new social enterprise, Mission Cookies, by ordering dozens of boxes for her real estate clients.
“My passion has always been about helping charities. Volunteering on the Hope Coach made a huge impact on all of us,” she says.
Patrick read about our Hope Coach outreach program through the Mission’s monthly newsletter, and knew she wanted to get involved. When the day finally came, Patrick, together with some colleagues and friends, set out on the Hope Coach, led by Chaplain Cliff Danley.
“Soon after we started out, we came across some guys who looked like they could use our help. They wanted blankets and sleeping bags. One of them was with his girlfriend who also needed a blanket. We didn’t have any in the van right then, but knew we could get some. We told them we’d be coming right back, but they seemed doubtful.
After a quick dash to the store, we came out with blankets in hand and set out again to find them. We drove to the same spot but they were gone, and it took some circling around to finally catch up with them. When I jumped out of the van with the blankets and sleeping bags, they were completely surprised and were so grateful. The girlfriend was especially thrilled to get a blanket with flowers on it. That was really special.
They were just some of the many people we helped that day. Our experience on the Hope Coach was amazing. I’m ready to go out every month now.”