Phoenix Rescue Mission Launches 10th Code:Red Campaign

Nonprofit Accepting Monetary, Nonperishable Food and Water Donations for Heat Relief

PHOENIX – As temperatures begin to creep upward and summer months roll closer, Phoenix Rescue Mission is kicking off its 10th annual, city-wide Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign to save the lives of the city’s unhoused and at-risk individuals. According to Maricopa County, at least 130 individuals experiencing homelessness died from heat-related causes in 2021. The nonprofit’s goal is to protect our most vulnerable population by collecting and distributing one million bottles of water.

From May 1 through August 31, PRM is providing essential resources to sustain the city’s homeless population, such as nonperishable food and water supplies. Ahead of this Valley-wide undertaking, the Mission is seeking monetary, nonperishable food and water donations. Monetary donations will be matched up to $150,000, made possible by a grant by several supporters of Phoenix Rescue Mission.

“During the summer months in Phoenix, asphalt can heat up to a deadly 170 degrees. Anything above 104 degrees can cause brain damage and death,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Ken Brissa. “While many Valley residents find respite indoors, our unhoused neighbors cannot take shelter from the heat and need help that can come to them.”

Several municipalities, including Avondale, Peoria, Glendale, Goodyear, Surprise, El Mirage, and Scottsdale, have created partnerships with the Mission, bringing relief to the streets in the Mission’s Hope Coach vehicles to distribute water, toiletries and case management services.

“Anything helps in this undertaking to save and change lives, whether it’s through a small monetary donation, dropping off a case of water or starting a water drive,” said Brissa. “This is so much more than a handout of water. This is arming people with the tools to change their lives and move out of harm’s way.”

More information about the 10th annual Code:Red initiative can be found Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign here. Food, water, and all other heat-relief donations can be dropped off at the Mission’s Donation Warehouse, located at 2515 N. 34th Drive in Phoenix. The Mission is also in need of volunteers to help distribute vital, nutritious food to families in need at its Hope for Hunger Food Bank in Glendale.

For more information on what to donate or to start a Code:Red drive, please contact gikhelp@phxmission.org or 602-346-3347.

Phoenix Mercury Launch Fifth BG’s Heart & Sole Shoe Drive in Partnership with Phoenix Rescue Mission

As the Phoenix Mercury organization and concerned fans everywhere await the safe return of Brittney Griner, Phoenix Rescue Mission is partnering once again with Phoenix Mercury to bring back BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive this season.

When Griner noticed many of the homeless across the Valley without shoes back in 2016, she wanted to help. On her drive home from practice one day, she saw unhoused persons in the Arizona summer in their bare feet. She saw a need and was moved to action. Since then, nearly 2,000 Phoenicians have been served with shoes from the Heart & Sole shoe drive.

This season, we are once again working with Phoenix Mercury in Britney's honor. Mercury President Vince Kozar said, “The most important thing is that our friend and teammate is healthy and safe. We remain hopeful in the efforts underway to bring her home, and we are grateful for the outpouring of concern we have received. As we await her return, WNBA teams are collectively committing to serve the community in ways that BG would if she were here. In Phoenix, we are launching the fifth season of BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive, an initiative she founded in 2016 and cares about very deeply. BG has always led with her heart and in her absence, it’s our duty to do good in her name. We invite you to help in any way you can.

Not only did Griner lead the charge to collect new and gently-used shoes, each year she joined our mobile Hope Coach and delivered the shoes and other resources directly to individuals in need in the community.

How to help:

  • Donate new or gently-used shoes of all sizes throughout the 2022 season at Mercury home games at Footprint Center.
    • The first opportunity to donate will be Thursday, April 28, at the team’s home preseason game against the Seattle Storm.
  • Fans can also make cash donations directly to the Mission at: phxmission.org/valley

Your support is making a big difference in our community, and we are #PrayingForBrittney!

Easter Is Coming and We Need Your Help!

Thanks to friends like you, our drive-thru Easter Community Outreach last year was a huge success! Cars lined up in droves as families arrived looking to celebrate the most important day of the year. We provided over 300 familes with Easter baskets as well as bags stuffed with food and hygiene supplies to help keep the dinner table full and the families cared for.

We need your help to do it again!

Many families in southwest Phoenix are struggling to make ends meet and we are honored to step in at their point of need. We’re expecting 300 families to attend this event - over 1,000 children total. To make sure we have a basket for every child and emergency food for every family, we’re asking you and our local church and business partners to help meet the need!

With your help, we can give our community a reason to celebrate while connecting them to the services that can keep them stable during these uncertain times! For more information or to set up a collection drive, contact Catie Hammann, Gift-In-Kind Coordinator, at 602-346-3347 or at gikhelp@phxmission.org.

Any items collected in person can be delivered to our Donation Warehouse at 2515 N. 34th Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85009 between 7:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday.

WAYS TO HELP IN 2022

Homeless Outreach Gatherings

Homeless Outreach Training for Churches

How effective is your church’s homeless outreach?

Phoenix Rescue Mission is hosting several homeless outreach gatherings to inspire and equip YOUR church leadership with tangible solutions and tools to better serve those who are hungry, homeless, and addicted in our city. We desire to build up the body of Christ here in the Valley, so there is no charge and we will provide a meal during the gathering!

There are four dates in 2020 that we will conduct these training and Q&A sessions, two during breakfast and two during lunch hours. The program will be identical at each session and all will take place at our Mission Possible Cafe (1516 W. VanBuren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007). Register for any of these events at the buttons below.

As experts in the field, our Phoenix Rescue Mission staff desire to come alongside you, the pastors and church leaders in our community, to provide ideas for transformative outreach in your own neighborhood and to share how our programs can be of assistance.

Questions can be directed to Karen at 602-346-3353.

August 27, 2020

7:00 - 9:00am

October 22, 2020

11:00am - 1:00pm

Now Virtual – 5th Annual Arise! Community Breakfast

Thank you to those who joined us for the Live Premiere of our Arise! Virtual Fundraising Event. We were thrilled with the positive response you had to such an unprecedented turn of events.

Now that the premiere is complete, the 12-minute video is available for your viewing pleasure at any time.

As you know, the Arise! Community Breakfast is a critical fundraising event for the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s ongoing programs and services. We need our friends and the communities’ help to maintain our critical services during these uncertain times. Our goal for this year’s reimagined Arise! event is $100,000. Your support is especially critical at this time as we prepare to serve those who are affected by the closures and changes we are seeing across our community. You are more than welcome to share the link with as many people as you can. Learn more and donate at phoenixrescuemission.org/arise.

We look forward to continuing to share the heart of the Phoenix Rescue Mission with you!