Today, as I walked the campus of Changing Lives Center, I was taken back about 36 years to the one night, I walked the streets of 15th Ave and Roosevelt. This was just one of my darkest times, I chose never to forget, because that particular night, I had only two choices: Go back home to my abusive stepfather who was always kicking me out because I would defend my mother, brother and sister from his beatings by fist fightingRead More
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Nonprofit reaches record-breaking milestone during its 4th annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign PHOENIX (Sept. 22, 2016) – Phoenix Rescue Mission announced today it reached a record-breaking milestone during its 4th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign, collecting more than 1.2 million bottles of water for the homeless and elderly shut-ins during the four-month campaign. In celebration of the achievement, Phoenix Rescue Mission hosted its annual Code:Red Donor Appreciation Breakfast, inviting community leaders and campaign partners to join mission staffRead More
Sun striking his eyes, Gilbert slowly regained consciousness on the sidewalk near the corner of 11th Avenue and Jackson Street. The night before was a blur. After 22 years of living out of a bottle, Gilbert had finally decided that he had had enough and embarked on the bender to end all benders – in attempt to end his life. It didn’t work. Instead, he woke with a pounding headache and the stinging realization that he had failed to die.Read More