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 facility can house and provide for approximately 200 women and children. 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.