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The Changing Lives Center for Women & Children

As the only faith-based recovery program in the region offering long-term, comprehensive services to women and children, the Changing Lives Center helps to transform people from the inside out.

Nearly 40% of Maricopa County’s homeless people are women and children in families.

Michelle, a single mother of five with a serious meth habit, was on the verge of losing her home and her job. When Child Protective Services took her kids, “It was the darkest day of my life.” So when the Phoenix Rescue Mission opened its Changing Lives Center for Women & Children in 2011, Michelle was one of the first to sign up.

As the only faith-based recovery program in the region offering long-term, comprehensive services to women and children, the Changing Lives Center helps to rebuild lives. The 12-to-18-month program provides a stable, nurturing environment where women work through addiction and abuse issues. They receive life skills education and counseling, and ultimately become self-sufficient through career assessment and job placement.

For Michelle, it was a hard but rewarding journey. But she sobered up, turned her life around, found God’s grace . . . and got her kids back.

Her story is typical of many women — and their children — on the streets who experience despair, loneliness, and hopelessness. Nearly 40 percent of Maricopa County’s homeless people are women and children in families.

Whether escaping a domestic violence situation, battling addiction, or suffering other trauma, homeless women and children are vulnerable to even more dangers. They need a safe place to start over, where they can begin to turn their lives around.

The Changing Lives Center is that safe place.

It’s a chance to break the cycle of addiction, abuse, and poverty, and to offer a fresh start, full of hope. Just ask Michelle. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Michelle says of the circumstances that led her to the Center. “God turned my life around. Being here has given my children the sober mother they’ve never had, and it’s surrounded them in a loving and positive environment where they’ve been able to thrive. It’s been a huge blessing!”

Need help? If you are a woman over 18 with a life-controlling addiction (or if you know someone in that situation), please call our intake counselor at 602-688-6219 for an initial screening. You can also download the application below. Download an intake application.

(To see more photos of the Changing Lives Center, view our gallery here.)

Want to see the life transformation for yourself? We give tours of the Changing Lives Center every month and we'd love to have you join us! Groups are welcome. See the Tour Schedule

Support the Changing Lives Center

The demand for services to women and children is growing rapidly. We’ve gone from serving 22 women and 20 children in 2012 to 169 women and 87 children in 2014 — an almost 800 percent increase. And so many more need help. You can help reach them with a gift today!

Volunteer at the Changing Lives Center

There are a number of ways you can help out at the CLC, especially as a teacher’s assistant or as a childcare helper. Rock a baby, teach a tot his ABCs, read to a toddler. We also need certified personal trainers and/or aerobics instructors to teach classes.