Spreading Holiday Cheer with Food Box Deliveries

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The holidays are fast approaching, and volunteers with the Phoenix Rescue Mission is spreading a bit of holiday cheer, by delivering hundreds of food boxes with a turkey, to ensure everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving.

Over the weekend, Taylor Roberts and her family made the rounds, delivering the boxes to those around town who might go without a Thanksgiving.

"They smile, and they look happy, and it makes me feel really warm inside," said Roberts.


Spreading holiday cheers with food box deliveries

Volunteers are making sure that people in need across the Valley will have a Thanksgiving meal this year. FOX 10's Ty Brennan reports.

Roberts' family is just one of hundreds of volunteers that put together the boxes, and then delivered them to people across the valley. The Phoenix Rescue Mission has been delivering these boxes, during every Thanksgiving season, for the past two decades.

"We want to make sure that every family is able to have a wonderful turkey dinner, and enjoy the family opportunity like the rest of us do," said Gail Engstrom with the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

For the Roberts family, they hope this delivery will become a tradition for them, in the years to come.

"It really -- you can't put a price on the experiences you get," said Roberts.


CEO Update: It’s Time to Pray!

A Call to Action from Jay Cory, CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission, for the National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2016

We are facing perilous times both at home and abroad.  A tsunami of evil is sweeping the globe with terrorism, violence, and persecution on the rise.  The whole world seems to be spiraling downward and our leaders have lost their moral compass and appear determined to be guide us further away from God.  I am reminded of Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”  Every day we see firsthand the rapidly increasing demand for our services and the devastating impact of issues like addiction, abuse, violence, and poverty.  Men, women, and families come to us daily with few resources and little knowledge of how to succeed.   Federal remedial programs appear to be more interested in creating lasting dependency rather than empowerment towards self-sufficiency.

The good news is that there is hope, but we must act and we must act now!  On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a thanksgiving proclamation to the American people.  President Lincoln clearly recognized the primary cause of our nation’s problem was that we had turned our back on God. He also recognized that the primary solution to our nation’s problems was to turn our face towards Him.  We as believers have access through Jesus Christ to the most powerful force in the universe – God.  In Hebrews 4:16 we learn that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  In Jesus’ teaching on prayer in Matthew 6, not once did He say “if you pray” but repeatedly said “when you pray.”  We have the most powerful tool ever known to mankind, but we must use it. Please don’t sit on the sidelines and just complain about all the problems. Pray! Seek God’s will and take action!

God desire is for each of us to have a healthy, thriving prayer life.  He is always more ready to hear us that we are to pray. He knows our needs even before we ask and is well aware of our ignorance in not making proper requests. Prayer helps us come in line with God's will for our lives. Through prayer we adopt an attitude of dependent trust which is ready to receive God's gifts and to yield in open trust and praise to His demands. Prayer is communion, not a battering ram used to break down the door to get to God's treasure house. It is where the child of the Father receives that which He is already prepared to give.

As the world and our nation appear to be spiraling downward, I believe that God is giving us opportunity to rise up and meet the challenge. I believe that He is guiding us to take back key centers of influence and to make great societal impact. Refining pressure removes impurities and produces diamonds. The world’s (man’s) ways simply do not work and the problems continue to compound. In Luke 10:2, Jesus says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s vision is to see “a community mobilized to transform lives and end hunger and homelessness.”  There are numerous ways you can partner with us but the greatest is prayer. Please pray for the Phoenix Rescue Mission as we seek to be the best tool we can be in the hands of God.

"Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Grand Opening for New Oaxaca Property

Message from Jay

In 2015 we saw a lot of great changes and improvements come to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. (Read "6 Reasons the Mission Transformed More Lives Than Ever in 2015" here.)

But God is far from done!

I’m excited to give you a sneak peek into a recent opportunity he’s presented to us. The Oaxaca restaurant adjacent to our Changing Lives Center went up for sale a few months ago. Thanks to the help of some generous friends, we were able to purchase it and are currently in the process of remodeling it to become the site of our social enterprises program! Currently, Mission Possible Cookies are baked in the site’s kitchen.

Our vision is to, one day soon, use this space as a fully operational restaurant/catering business where our men and women in recovery can work side-by-side with industry professionals, gaining vital work experience and learning on-the-job skills. The income from the restaurant would make this program self-sustainable and any profit would be reinvested back into the Mission to transform even more lives!

This new space, combined with the new Solutions Shelter program, will see the Phoenix Rescue Mission become a very powerful force for change in Phoenix. I’m very excited to see all that God has in store for us this year as we travel down this road together.

Watch this space for updates in the months ahead. Thank you again for your prayers and support. Together we truly are transforming lives in ways and in numbers we’ve never seen before!


6 Reasons the Mission Transformed More Lives Than Ever in 2015


As the first day of winter, today is National Homeless Persons' Remembrance Day. We are proud to say that the Mission is a powerful force in ending homelessness and providing programs and plans for our hungry, addicted, and needy neighbors. 2015 has been quite a year here at the Mission, but here are a few of the milestones that are helping us transform more lives than ever:

  • PARC: In the spring, we joined with Phoenix Police to begin the "Police and Rescue Collaboration." Our team of Case Managers joined the forces of Phoenix Police as they entered homeless camps. This way, rather than arresting repeat misdemeanor offenders, our case managers spoke with each man and women to help them build a plan and gave them the resources they need to begin taking steps in the right direction. See photos of the first homeless camp we entered together on Facebook.
  • AZ Gives Day: On April 7, Arizona givers voted the Phoenix Rescue Mission into first place on Arizona Gives Day for the 2nd year in a row! Over $97,000 was raised in a single day - nearly double any other competitor - thereby winning an additional $15,000 grant for the transforming work at the Mission. 2016's Arizona Gives Day is coming up on April 5!
  • Clients Reach Out at Momma Jo's: Graduates began reaching out to other homeless and hurting individuals at Momma Jo's in downtown Phoenix. Many of them were once there, but now they want to give hope to the place they had left behind. Watch a video of clients reaching out and sharing hope with others in downtown.
  • 2nd Hope Coach: In late April, a second Hope Coach was donated to the Mission, which doubled the amount of impact we are having on the streets of Phoenix. Double the number of streets we can visit, sack meals we can provide, water bottles we can deliver, and hope we can offer. See the work the Hope Coach is doing and learn about volunteering here.
  • Shelter Expansion Doubles Available Beds: From March through August, we were working to expand our shelter space at the Community Services Center. We had to rearrange significantly to keep beds open even during construction, but upon opening in August, the number of beds for shelter and men's recovery doubled to nearly 200 men every night. See pictures of the entire expansion process on our digital photo album.
  • Biggest Code Red Heat Relief Ever: During our blazing hot summer, hundreds of big businesses, small dental offices, churches, school groups, families, and even kids conducted water drives, raising 860,907 bottles of water! We broke another record by giving away 760,687!! Also, the matching grant in May and June was fully met, we provided life-saving water to many other organizations including St. Mary's Food Bank to spread our impact even further, and the Hope Coach team literally saved the life of someone who nearly died of dehydration on a Phoenix sidewalk. See more about Code Red on our special web page here.

We don't have the final numbers yet, but 2015 is easily going to surpass all other years in number of meals provided, bed nights of shelter offered, and recovery clients transforming their lives.

The life-transforming work being done here at the Mission has also been noticed by our community! We are proud to be counted one of the "2015 Top Homeless Services Organizations" recognized by Coulter Nissan in Surprise. They wrote an excellent article describing the best places in Phoenix to give this winter, and we were at the top of the list!

Transformation: A Poem

Praying for Graduates

Last week, after being inspired by the Quarterly Celebration and graduation of clients who overcame battles with addiction, homelessness, and hopelessness, Sarah was inspired to write this poem. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our Quarterly Celebrations! Contact us if you would like more info on attending our next event.


Here I am, I need a home

In the cold, the hot, I roam

I long to be transformed…

A place to live—is this the key?

I long to be set free!


Here I am, quite drunk and high

Numbing pain, waiting to die

I long to be transformed…

Sobriety—is this the key?

I long to be set free!


Here I am, I steal, I lie

My own wants I won’t deny

I long to be transformed…

Selfishness—is this the key?

I long to be set free!


Here I am, abused, depressed

Fear and pain that know no rest

I long to be transformed…

Doctors, pills—is this the key?

I long to be set free!


So many keys to unlock the door

I’ve tried and tried, but I can’t anymore.

Fumbling through all that the world has to give

Has left me without even strength to live.


Now here I am, at the Rescue Mission

Is there HOPE for me, in my condition?

I long to be transformed…

So different here…now all is clear:


God paid the price with His sacrifice

Jesus Christ—He is the Key!

Now I know Him who set me free



By Sarah H. Esperanza, used with permission