What is Love?

What is love? A difficult question for most people, let alone men and women who have experienced a a fair amount of trauma and abuse. Yet, these men and women are learning what love looks and feels like when God is a part of their lives. Some are early in their journey. Some are deep in their truth of what the Bible says about love. February, and every day, we celebrate God's love for us and how we can walk that out in our own lives by loving like Jesus loves.

"Love is an action. God IS love. God sending his only son to die for us .. is love. Something as simple as a smile can represent love."

Michelle - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission

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Tom - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission


"I didn’t know what love felt like. All I knew was hatred, shame and guilt. I didn’t realize until I came to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and actually received Jesus Christ, my personal Savior, and turned my life over to God, what love feels like. And now its like a feeling in my heart all the time. It’s amazing. I care about myself again, I care about everyone around me. The way the Mission and the staff adopted me as family. That feeling you get, it’s crazy. I don’t have problems anymore. It’s a good feeling."

"Love is selfless, and takes a lot of sacrificing of your own desires."

Tiffany - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission

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Stephen - Current resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Inner Healing"


"This is a good week to talk about love. When I think of love, I think of 1 Corinthians 13. What is love, what is the picture of God's love for us? Love is patient , love is kind. Love keeps no record of wrongs. It does not boast, it is not envious. And looking at 1 John also, perfect Love casts out fear, if we don’t know God, we don’t know love."

"Past experience with love hasn’t been the greatest, but a lot of that is because I didn’t have a relationship with God. Now that I do, it’s kind of re-learning everything through His eyes, His perspective. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m still learning a lot."

"Love means home. With my kids, it’s home, family, my babies. That’s love to me. Here at the Changing Lives Center, my kids aren't here with me. So I often go to our daycare on campus, and spend time with the kids. I feel an abundance of love there. It’s unconditional. This is my home right now, I feel safe and I feel love from Christ. Love from God is overpowering, just all-consuming, joy, smiling, happiness. It puts me at peace. My relationship with God now is the strongest it’s ever been. I feel God’s Spirit, that’s love."

Michelle - Current Resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Inner Healing"


Brandon - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission


"Love is an unconditional acceptance and a yearning to be with someone or something. Love has no bounds, there are no stipulations as to how I can give it to someone or something."

"This is what I have sought for in love. When I think of love, I think of my mom. She showed me the most love, forgiveness, encouragement and just enjoying the company of others. That’s where I learned what love is. Enjoying and wanting to invest all of yourself regardless of cost."

"Love is to be fully known, yet accepted. Unconditionally."

Sala - Current Resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Discipleship"


Volunteer Profile – “Grandma Gayle”


Gayle, more affectionately known as "Grandma Gayle" by residents and workers at the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Changing Lives Center, has only been volunteering fer time for a few months. But she can already attest to the transformative effect helping others has had in her life. Now, she can think of no finer place to spend her time - planting seeds and storing treasure for all eternity.

"It's the most rewarding thing I've done. The girls are all so nice, and so encouraging. The highlight of my day is when I walk on campus and someone yells. 'Hey, Grandma Gayle!"

Although she was concerned she wouldn't be of much help initially, Grandma Gayle finally made the decision to volunteer after hearing the difference that someone such as herself could make in the lives of those at the center. "I thought, 'If I can even encourage one girl, then it'll be worth my time coming down here."

Grandma Gayle volunteers her time serving the boutique and at the finance office. Her favorite part of each day is when they have time to come in and shop at the boutique, since she "can interact and talk with the gals the most then."

This month is the perfect time to follow Grandma Gayle's example and help us plant some seeds. No matter what life stage you may find yourself in, God is ready and willing to use you and the Phoenix Rescue Mission to transform a life. Your love will make a difference!

Christmas Angels

The Arizona House of Representatives and Senate partnered together for the fourth yer providing the women and children a the Changing Lives Center (CLC) with a Christmas celebration that they will remember for years to come. As the women and children entered the chapel, they were greeted with "elves," Santa, and Mrs. Clause as they received personalized gifts for every child on campus.

"We thought, wouldn't it be great to organize an angel Christmas tree for the women and children at the CLC?" Each child put their name, age and what they wanted for Christmas on a card, and we put them on a tree at the Senate building, explains Lisa Altenbernd. Representative, staff, researchers , and state agencies alike from the House of Representatives and Senate picked children off the tree and gave personalized gifts for every child at the CLC.

Cookies for a Cause

Time is running out to order your Mission Possible Cookies before the holiday rush!

Mission Possible Cookies are a gift - a great gift for giving to friends, family and business associates - and an amazing gift for the women we serve at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

See, everyday beautifully wrapped gift boxes you purchase support the Phoenix Rescue Mission's work force development programs. Women like Shannon, who earned her high school diploma while living at the Changing lives Center. Or Michelle, who completed our Kitchen Manager certification course and will begin a new career as a restaurant manager.

Mission Possible Cookies are baked fresh daily in our A-graded commercial kitchen and shipped to your door. Not only are the cookies delicious, they are Changing Lives on Cookie at a Time.


Place your orders and learn more at https://giftcookies.com/

Love. Connect. Serve.

The holiday season is a tough time for the men, women, and children at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. The end of the year always has a way of bringing up emotions that leave you feeling broken, longing for a new start. October for Southgate church, however, is a long-anticipated time of year. "Planning has been going on for the last few month," Josie a member of Southgate explains.

This year is the fourth year Southgate has been coming to the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Changing Lives Center for women and children, and throwing an all-campus festival. "This event is the highlight of the year for our church!" At Southgate, the mission is LOVE. CONNECT. SERVE. "Today is all about that," Nate a Southgate member explains. This is our community outreach, and we love partnering with the Phoenix Rescue Mission to do this event every year. "This is a great distraction, Rebecca, a client at the Phoenix Rescue Mission says. "It is so important to have fun while in recovery, we work so hard. Today was much needed. I feel refreshed."

Southgate church shuts down for the day, and members "bring church" to the Changing Lives Center. The day begins with church service, and after service the campus becomes a fair of sorts. With games, a bounce house, a dunk tank, and plenty of food to feed almost 200 bellies!

Thank you to Southgate church and all of it's members for coming together and making this event happen year after year. These days are so critical in the recovery of the women and their children working towards new life at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

"I love seeing all the smiles," says Connie a client of the Changing Lives Center, "it's a good day!"