Sponsor a Mother at the Changing Lives Center

Thank you for your support to lift up the mothers at the Changing Lives Center.

Salla, a mother of three at the Changing Lives Center says, "I would have never gone anywhere to get the help I needed if I couldn't have brought my children with me. Not only is the Changing Lives Center a place that I can receive the help and care I need, but a place my children get the best care possible."

Payton and Hudson

"Before coming to the Phoenix Rescue Mission I was addicted, homeless, and in and out of prison. My son saved me. He has taught me so much. I am so grateful to be able to have my son here with me as I go through this program. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else with my son."

"I'm not the only one getting better, my children are too. I drug them through my addiction with me. So they need this support and love as well. With them being here, my hope is that they can help, and be an example to their brothers and sisters who aren't here with us.

Joanna and Nehemiah

Michelle and Kennedy

"I have my nine-year-old daughter with me, and we are very happy where we live, very content, very safe. I have more hope for the future then I've ever had in my life. I've never felt this good about my life, and the future for my daughter. I'm very blessed."

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!"