General Mills is Making an Impact

Thank you General Mills for your generous grant of $20,000 to support the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Nourishing Hope: Feeding the Hungry in Phoenix Program.

The impact this program had over the past twelve months included: 

  • Providing 330,554 healthy meals for homeless children and adults in the congregate dining rooms of our men's shelter and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.
  • Distributing thousands of sack lunches and 1,116,479 bottles of water to homeless people through our Hope Coach during the scorching Phoenix summers, it was imperative that the homeless people have plenty of water to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Providing more than 10,000 food bags filled with nutritious nonperishable items (fruits, vegetables, tuna, peanut butter, etc.) to working poor families who struggle to make ends meet. Each food bag can feed a family of four for up to four days.

 

General Mills' grant provided for more that 25,000 of these meals!

Thank you for your compassion for our hungry and homeless and working poor individuals and families in our community!

 

Clothe. Feed. Pray. Partner

A homeless camp known as "Camp Alpha," housed nearly 30 individuals right off the freeway in Mesa. Numerous tents and RV's surrounded the dirt lot off McKellips and the 101, "this is the place these people called home," Nina a volunteer at the campsite said. Nina and her 4-year old daughter have been volunteering with the "community" after Nina's mother saw the tops of tents driving along the freeway. "We saw a lot of love and closeness here, it's no way to live, but this was their home."

The camp sat on land owned by ADOT, after nearly a year of attention, the state of Arizona ordered the  land to be vacated.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission along with Community Bridges, Veterans Services, ADOT, and the Phoenix Police Department gathered together Tuesday morning to have all the resources in one place, to transition the individuals out of homelessness, and safely and successfully relocate. "We go where the need is greatest. Ideally, we introduce them into the faith-based programs and the Phoenix Rescue Mission, but really it starts with planting that seed, once you do that you never know how God will move," Logan, a long-time volunteer with the homeless outreach team said.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission's outreach team went to the camp armed with both of the Hope Coach vans, geared with water and the homeless outreach team, to offer the services needed to make sure the individuals "living" on the land stay off the streets, and away from a life of homelessness.

The Mission has a partnership with the police, and the city, giving them the tools they need when they come across situations like these. This partnership gives everyone the tools necessary to get individuals the resources they need to live successful and healthy lives. Although, this was one of the largest camps any of the organizations had worked with, these living conditions are far too common in the City of Phoenix in our homeless communities. Nina explains, "they need resources, they need housing, they don't know how to take that first step, they need someone to help guide them."

Camp Alpha was successfully vacated on Tuesday.

Learn more about Camp Alpha here.

How Can I Make A Difference?

Do you want to make a difference in your community, but not sure how to get started? You can support the Phoenix Rescue Mission just by making some simple changes to your daily routine! Getting your groceries for the month? Enroll with Fry's Community Rewards, it's simple, just click here and "Enroll Now" select the Phoenix Rescue Mission and your transforming lives even as you shop! This is just the start ..

Doing some shopping on Amazon? Sign up here and choose the Phoenix Rescue Mission as your charity! You CAN make a difference! Make these small changes to your daily choices and help the hungry and homeless right in your community.

Are you interested in getting involved in the Mission? Do you want to see the lives transformed for yourself? Join us and make an impact! Check out our Volunteer Page and see how your special skills could help a neighbor in need.

It's because of supporters like you, the Mission is able to offer life-transforming solutions to individuals facing hunger and homelessness right here in Phoenix. We couldn't do it without your support, THANK YOU!

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.”

Let me explain my donation …

Dear Phoenix Rescue Mission,

"Just to explain the weird amount contained here:

My husband and I are contributing the $55.83. I challenged each of my children to pray and reflect on how much they would like to contribute individually from their piggy banks. They took this very seriously, and it was often the dinner time and afternoon topic of discussion.

They each decided on the following:

Mackenzie (13-years-old) $10.00

Gavin (9-years-old) $9.00

Regan (7-years-old) $13.00

So their $28 + our $55.68 = our strange total

Thank you so very much for providing the amazing blessings to so many people and truly being God's hands."

With gratitude,

Sally

Daughter of Christ, Wife, Mother, Grateful City of Phoenix Resident