“Being homeless is the only home I have.”

Charles, now 74 years old, has been homeless for nearly a decade. He doesn’t remember exactly when he started living on the streets, but he does know he’s been living at a Glendale bus stop for eight years. It’s the only home he has. We met Charles during Phoenix Rescue Mission’s annual PIT (Point-In-Time) count, a day where we hit the streets to help the Department of Economic Security determine just how many men and women currently call our streets home. At the time, his most pressing need was simply a pair of gloves to keep his hands warm during the chilly winter nights here in Phoenix. He not only received those gloves, we were able to find him a real bed and hope for a better life off the streets.

Although Charles has been living a lifestyle few of us will ever experience first-hand, his worth and value in God’s eyes is no less significant. Thanks to your support, Phoenix Rescue Mission is working to give people like Charles an escape from the hidden and often forgotten parts of the Valley of the Sun, what we call the Valley of the Shadows. Our goal is to bring hope and freedom to these darkened areas to rescue lives like Charles’ – and making Phoenix a brighter place for us all. Thank you for your partnership that makes life-changing efforts like this possible.

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