The Main Thing – Home for the Holidays

As we sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving, surrounded by mouth-watering dishes of every kind, let's remember those who will be going without this year. A staggering 30 percent of our neighbors are considered working poor. In a state with a population of 7 million, that means 2.1 million of us are struggling to put food on the table, not to mention the thousands who call our streets home.

Numbers like these seem insurmountable. But, you know what?

Our God is bigger than hunger and homelessness.

Thanksgiving was central to Old Testament worship. Sacrifice and offerings were to be made not grudgingly, but with thanksgiving. The psalmist valued a song of thanksgiving more than sacrifice. Thankfulness was expressed: for personal and national deliverance; for God’s faithfulness to the covenant; and for forgiveness. All creation joins in offering thanks to God.

The first harvest celebration was held in 1621. It was then William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving and prayer to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Indians. It was not until October 3, 1789 that George Washington assigned Thursday, November 26, 1789, to be a day of national thanksgiving.  In his proclamation Washington stated, "...recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer; to be observed by acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the many ... favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." 

Thanksgiving is a natural element of Christian worship and is to characterize all of Christian life. Early Christians expressed thanks: for Christ’s healing ministry; for Christ’s deliverance of the believer from sin; for God’s indescribable gift of grace in Christ; and for the faith of fellow Christians.

A Thanksgiving Proclamation, spoken by Abraham Lincoln on October 3, 1863 observed that the last Thursday of November would be a day of "Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."

He continued, "It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."

Psalm 100 A Psalm For Giving Thanks. 1Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth. 2Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3Know that the LORD is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

This Thanksgiving, because of donors and volunteers, we were able to serve over 1,200 households with a Thanksgiving meal they may have otherwise gone without. It is heartwarming and encouraging to see the impact a community can have when we come together with a common goal.

Through your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission, God transforming lives that in turn impact others. It's a ripple effect that reaches farther and impacts more lives than we can imagine - just like a wind becomes a storm, a flame becomes a wildfire, it's been God's method for change from the very beginning.

So, as we remember those who will go without also remember that you are a part of something big, something that is changing the face of homelessness and hunger in our state.

God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

Having to Choosing Between Paying the Bills and Food on the Table

 

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, your aunt’s famous casserole, the list of options with which to pile on your plate goes on and on at most homes during Thanksgiving. But not so for Sara’s family. Hers was one of hundreds in Phoenix who find Thanksgiving a luxury they can ill afford. When life is hard and you’re forced to choose between keeping the lights on or putting food on the table, the holiday season has a way of making it even harder.

But today, everything has changed for Sara. Her family of five is eating well and even looking forward to a Thanksgiving feast this year. So what made the difference? Hope!

Specifically, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank.

“A friend told me about it [Hope for Hunger Food Bank],” says Sara. “She saw that we sometimes struggled with the decision to either pay the bills or to buy food. Now once a month we come and receive the food our family needs.” Nearly 30 percent of our Arizona neighbors are considered working poor. These are hard-working men and women who struggle to stretch dollars that barely cover housing expenses. Many times, for families like Sara’s, those dollars don’t quite stretch far enough to put food on the table. Arizona ranks as the 5th worst state when it comes to food security.

But through your support of the Phoenix Rescue Mission – you are making a difference.

“I’m so grateful and thankful to God and to the Mission. What they do is amazing.

They are helping a lot of families like ours. Here, we get good stuff, vegetables, fruit, rice, beans – all the stuff you really need.

 

It’s like when you go to the supermarket, you need eggs, you need cheese, you need vegetables. The way they work things here is amazing.” For many families living paycheck to paycheck, all it takes is one emergency situation – a car breaking down, an unexpected medical bill – to put a family over the edge and onto the street.

The goal of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank is not only to provide nourishing food to individuals and families who struggle to afford it, but also to temporarily remove the burden of a food bill from the household budget. This allows families to begin to save, to provide themselves with a safety net when the next unexpected bill comes around the corner and, perhaps most importantly, a path out of the cycle of poverty.

Sara, who has been coming to Hope for Hunger for two years is not only close to that goal, she’s begun to give back and provide for others.

 

 

Deliver Hope this Holiday Season to Families in Need

The Mission will be serving over 1,000 families this year with holiday food boxes along with a frozen turkeys! These food boxes will be hand delivered to families in need on November 17th, but we need your help! The Mission hopes to reach out to 1,000 families this Thanksgiving with a turkey and all the trimmings. We will be hand delivering these boxes complete with a holiday meal to families who may otherwise go without. See firsthand how God uses your gifts to touch and change the lives of hungry, homeless and hurty men, women and children Volunteers are needed for this special day of service. With over 100 volunteers needed for this one day, you truly make a difference in your community!
Sign up at prm.volunteerhub.com under the 'Special Events' drop down menu to be sign up!

 

 

Interested in having a Turkey Drive at your business or ministry?  Please contact Catie Hammann at: chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org or 602.346.3347

Do you, or someone you know need a holiday meal? Contact Jussane at jcarrera@phoenixrescuemission.org or 602 346 3372 for more information

Feed a Family this Holiday Season

Turkey Collection Saturday is almost here!

You can provide a meal to a family in need this Thanksgiving by donating a Frozen Turkey on Frozen Turkey Saturday.  Bring a bird to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and stay for lunch and a tour of our Community Services Center. The Mission hopes to reach out to 1,000 families this Thanksgiving with a turkey and all the trimmings. Your frozen turkey is greatly needed to make this happen. Come bring a turkey and see firsthand how God uses your gifts to touch and change the lives of hungry, homeless and hurting men, women and children in your community.

Mission Open House and Frozen Turkey Saturday

This event takes place on Saturday, November 10th 

11 am - 1pm, lunch will be served

Mission Tour Times - 11am, 12pm

Phoenix Rescue Mission Community Solutions Center

1801 S. 35th Ave Phoenix 85009

 

You will receive a tour of the facility and we will treat you to a delicious lunch. Bring a friend - the more the merrier!

We are collecting frozen turkeys to cook our Thanksgiving dinner and give to families in need in our community for the holidays.

If you can join us, or would like to host a drive, please reach out to Catie at 602 346 3347 or chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org

 

Community Easter Event

Our Community Easter Event to benefit low-income children and families is right around the corner! On March 24th, the Mission is expecting to serve over 1,000 children and over 700 families!

If you would like to participate and/or receive assistance at this event, please contact Volunteer Services at (602)346-3363 or volunteer@phoenixrescuemission.org. Open spaces tend to fill up quickly so inquire about signing up as soon as possible!

Our Greatest Need: This year, our greatest need will be for pre-filled Easter baskets to hand out to the children who will be coming to this event. If you want to help this outreach happen, but can't decide how you like to give, please consider organizing an Easter basket drive or making a few on your own.

Our goal is 1000 filled wrapped Easter baskets and 700 Easter Fill-A-Bag’s for low-income families in need. If you would like to participate in making Easter baskets or Food Boxes, below you will see a suggested list of items to include. If you have questions about getting started and involved, contact Catie at (602)346-3347 or chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org

Filled Easter Baskets - 1,000 Needed

Ideas for filling the baskets include:

  • "Grass"
  • Plastic Eggs (filled with candy)
  • Coloring books with crayons
  • Candy (no chocolate)
  • Children's books/Bible
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Small toys

Filled Food Boxes - 700 Needed

Ideas for filling the food boxes:

  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 4 cans of fruit
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 2 cans of beans
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1 box, or bag of cereal
  • 2 packages of instant potatoes
  • 2 cans of tuna or chicken
  • 2 packages of dry gravy mix
  • 2 packages of pasta/rice/beans
  • 1 package of cake mix and can of frosting

How to Sign Up to Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities: As one of our biggest outreach events of the year, we need a lot of volunteers! We could not do this without your help. Ready to get involved? Contact Volunteer services at  volunteer@phoenixrescuemission.org or (602)346-3363. We will send you a confirmation with times, location, etc.

Sponsorship: We could not make the day possible without friends helping sponsor the activities. If you would like to sponsor any of the items below in part or in full, please contact Peter, Mission Sharing Coordinator, at pmolina@phoenixrescuemission.org or (602)346-3383.

  • Bounce House ($300)
  • Bounce House ($200)
  • Bounce House ($200)
  • Cases of Water (100 cases)
  • 2 Popcorn Machines
  • 2 Cotton Candy Machines
  • 2 Snow Cone Machines