This year marks seven years of Code:Red. That’s seven summers our community has come together to save the lives of our homeless neighbors caught in the deadly heat. Each year gets better and better and 2019 is no different. This summer, we distributed more than 900,000 bottles of life-saving water, gathered through more than 120 drives, to those who needed it most. And we have you to thank for it!
But it’s more than water that keeps people safe – through your matching gift this summer we also provided relief through nutritious food, sunscreen, hats, and more, designed to help the homeless beat our record-breaking heat.
You made sure our streets were awash with hope and help this summer – thank you for the prayers, volunteer hours and support that made this Code:Red another resounding
Tommy - From a bruiser to a brother in Christ
You might remember Tommy Smith. He spent 23 years in prison for attempted murder. While on the inside, he took orders as a prison “hit man.” Then in 2016, his life took a complete 180°. He became a graduate of our recovery program and, today, despite his toughguy appearance, Tom is one of the most kind, helpful and compassionate people you’ll ever meet.
But where is he now?
Even after his graduation, Tommy decided to continue to stay plugged into Phoenix Rescue Mission. He had a passion for learning, volunteering, and ministering to others through our numerous programs and outreaches. In fact, he’s become such an asset, that just 6 months ago, we hired him full-time – to help with our Code:Red outreach program. If you had water donations picked up this summer, you’ve probably had the pleasure of meeting him!
From a bruiser to a brother in Christ, Tommy has come full circle! Thank you for the support that produces real, lasting transformation in the men, women and children we serve!
After fleeing from an abusive relationship nearly two months ago, Linda and her daughter, Lisa, have been spending their nights camped out on the sidewalk. So far, they’ve managed to survive the streets. But now the cool spring days are gone.
Summer is here and so is the deadly heat. Bed sheets are strung across their “campsite” in an attempt to hide themselves from the oppressive sun, but it’s not enough to keep them safe.
Already the highs for the day are above 110 degrees and climbing. Heat stroke can strike, regardless of shade. Linda informs the Hope Coach workers that they are the first, beyond a few policemen, to stop by in the past two months and attempt to help.
She’s grateful for the water and the hope totes she receives to help keep them safe. Even better – she’s asked us for a followup visit to see how she can get off the streets once and for all! Please pray with us that the next time we see Linda and Lisa they’ll be ready to take that
first step in faith toward transformation! The sidewalk campsite that Linda and Lisa call home won’t be able to protect them from the blistering summer heat.