Spinato’s Closes Restaurant to Serve Community

Four men, once broken, homeless and addicted, now sit at a upscale pizzeria on 7th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix. As a Spinato's staff member came by to check on the men and their food, Chris a now Servant Leader at the Phoenix Rescue Mission is holding back tears. "They opened up their doors to us, they sat down and spoke with us, we prayed together." "I will be talking about tonight for the rest of my life."

Spinato's Pizzeria in Phoenix has a community based mindset, and giving back to their community is part of their Mission. "We have such a big family, our staff is family, our restaurant is a place where we can bring in people and make them feel at home as well," family of owner, Nicole explains.

Spinato's closed their restaurant down to serve 105 men currently residing and transforming their lives at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. "We told our staff, 'take your time, sit down and get to know these men and their stories.'" "They are who we are serving tonight." Efren, has been at the Mission for seven months now and said, "We usually wait in line to get our food everyday. To sit down at a beautiful restaurant and be catered to was so special."

Spinato's gave each men the opportunity to order "anything and everything," from their specialty pizzas, pastas, calzones and even dessert! Tables were full of delicious food, smiles, and full bellies were seen throughout the restaurant. "This is the best pizza I've ever had, 5-star!"

Efren is a part of the staff opening Mission Possible Cafe that will serve the community, and expand the Food Service Vocational training at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, and said, "this event has brought to life the idea of the Cafe." "We will be serving and welcoming our community and serving them, just like Spinato's has opened up our doors to us."

September is Hunger Action Month, and Spinato's has stepped up in a big way, but just like the Mission, Spinato's focuses on food 12 months out of the year. Thank you to the staff, family, and friends that made this incredible night possible. "It was heaven, a night I won't forget." Chris and the other 104 men finished dinner, and were given a hygiene pack to go. Filled with shaving cream, razors, a water tumbler, and other goodies to leave the restaurant with. The men of the Phoenix Rescue Mission left Spinato's with a renewed spirit, full bellies, and full hearts. "Tonight reminded me people care," Efron said as he walked out with left over pizza, a goodie bag, and a smile that will impact others for days to come.

Hope Begins with a Meal

The Mission is expanding our food service vocational program with the opening of Mission Possible Café! Mission Possible Café with be open to the public October 2nd, serving southwest inspired cuisine prepared by men and women currently in Mission programs. All Mission Possible Café employees will be part of the vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get participants back on their feet. To learn more about how the restaurant will be incorporated into Mission programs, click HERE.

Mission Possible Cafe will share space with the Mission's Cookie Enterprise, and the Mission's catering business that is currently talking residence in the building. For years there has been room, and a vision to share this space with our community. The vision is becoming reality, but has taken an army to get moving. One of our first challenges began with making an empty space look and feel inviting. That is where Katie, a graphic design student at Arizona State University came in.

Katie and a team of friends came into a empty canvas of a restaurant, and turned it into a welcoming and beautiful piece of art. "The restaurant needed something that says, this is us, this is who we are we're bringing hope to people. The wall is going to bring life and happiness to this space."

Thanks to Katie and her team, the restaurant is on it's way to opening October 2nd with new life and welcoming charm. Guests will walk into the restaurant and see the words, "Hope Begins with a Meal." When the Mission began in 1952, this was our key message. The Phoenix Rescue Mission's goal is to help the men and women in our programs get back on their feet through service. Katie and her team are an example of serving our community as the hands and feet of Jesus and sharing your gifts and talents. “Someday I’d like to be an art director for a non-profit, whatever that looks like. That’s the end career goal to work in non-profits, so to be doing this work while in school is pretty cool,” Katie explains. Thank you Katie for your service to the Mission and our community!

Come support the Mission by enjoying a hot and delicious meal on us Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To learn more and support the Mission click HERE.

Mission Possible Café

Mission Possible Café, located at 1516 West Van Buren Street, is the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s latest project—and it’s opening October 2nd!

The new café will offer southwestern-inspired cuisine with emphasis on Mexican grilled items. It will focus on strong customer service, as well as quality food at affordable prices. One of the key factors that will set this new restaurant apart is its story.

The Phoenix Rescue mission provides new beginning for men, women and children in the community who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma. Many people who enter Phoenix Rescue Mission have little to no job experience. For this reason, the organization now takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Rather than solely focusing on the sobriety of the clients, it also assists with job training through the vocational development program. The Phoenix Rescue Mission's goal is to help the men and women in our programs get back on their feet through service.

“Adding Mission Possible Café to Mission Cookies and Mission Catering as a training ground for our already successful Food Service Manager’s Training program, will allow us to continue to serve our clients and help them advance,” said Jay A. Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission.

All Mission Possible Café employees will be part of the vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get participants back on their feet. The program begins with four months of classes, where men and women learn about food service and gain other practical skills. It concludes with four months of practical application, when participants can work at Mission Possible Café. Its ultimate goals are to prepare people for the workforce, and to give them the ability to give back using service.

“Clients will learn food service operations, development leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry. We hope the community will join us for a great meal and help transform lives in the process,” said Cory.

The Mission Possible Cafe will share space with the Mission's Cookie Enterprise and the Mission's catering business that is currently talking residence in the building. For years there has been room, and a vision to share this space with our community. Our community has been so supportive, individuals are stepping up to make this restaurant possible (no pun intended). The below video highlights one of the main walls in the cafe designed and painted by a local Arizona State University student studying graphic design. Katie and her team made this empty space come to life, and is the first stages of paint and decorations before tables, chairs, accents go up. Thank you Katie for sharing your gifts with the Mission and our community! Mission Possible Cafe opens October 2nd, so come stop by and give us a try!

Community Solutions Center Expansion

Dear Neighbors:

We have some exciting news for you. Phoenix Rescue Mission (PRM) is moving forward with a major expansion of our facilities and services. Plans are underway to build an $11 million, four story building on the NEC of 35th Avenue and West Durango Street. This facility will allow us to substantially expand our Transformations Program and our services to the surrounding community.

We need your help. As part of the City of Phoenix permit process, we are asked to meet with our neighbors to review our plans, and gain your trust and support. This petition is your opportunity to show the City of Phoenix that you support our expansion plans.

We would appreciate you signing below.

Thank you for letting us be a part of your lives. If you have any questions, feel free to call Ken Quartermain at 602-989-3443. On behalf of Phoenix Rescue Mission, may God bless you!

Paul Senseman, PRM Board Chairman

 

Fill out the below form to stand in support for the Phoenix Rescue Mission's $11 million project expansion at the NEC of 35th Avenue and West Durango Street.








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!