Jump Into Action

A Challenge to End Homelessness

How should you react when you see a homeless person on the side of the road with a cardboard sign? Should you give him money?
Should you ask her if she needs a ride to a shelter? What if they use the money you give to buy alcohol or drugs?

If your school group, church group or small group has ever wondered how to positively impact the homelessness without doing more harm than good, the Phoenix Rescue Mission would like to invite you to sign up for Jump into Action.

  • What  Jump into action is an interactive educational curriculum that starts with defining homelessness and bringing awareness to the
    issues surrounding it. The goal – to encourage teens and adults to jump into finding ways to become a part of the solution to hunger and homelessness.
  • Who  Jump into Action is for groups of all ages. Those wishing to study the root causes of homelessness and the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s response to the problem, will follow the text book Invisible Neighbors by John Ashman.  School groups, scout troops, and church youth groups can either opt for a two-hour presentation or follow the full six-week curriculum.
  • When We are currently scheduling Jump into Action presentations. Please contact Gail Engstrom at 602-346-3372 or gengstrom@phoenixrescuemission.org to discuss your groups’ specific needs.
  • Where Generally, the workshops will be held at the recipient’s location.  Groups can also come to the Mission for a tour (which will be part of the workshops).

Components

  • Introduction:  Provides facts about homelessness and the programs of the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
  • Section 1: Every Day People Shares stories of individuals and families in crises and asks hard questions that cause young people to think about how they would handle things if they were in a similar situation.
  • Section 2: Homeless Shelter Talks about the role that shelters have in a homeless person’s life; the challenges that those shelters face on a daily basis; and the help that they need to continue the very important work of rescue.
  • Section 3: Respond to the Need Includes testimonies of lives that have been changed by coming to a shelter.  This section asks the students to discover ways that they personally can be involved in helping those in need.
  • Section 4: Living with a Purpose Shares stories of young people who have encountered someone who was homeless and acquired a passion for helping those who are in desperate situations. It also shares ideas for helping those in need; and offers youth a chance to create ideas of their own.
  • Section 5: Spread the Message Teaches youth ways to share their newly found passion; and spread the message about making a difference with their family, friends, school, church, and community.