Code:Red Success

Mission Accomplished!

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
success!

Code:Red Champions

 

During Code:Red months, when temperatures soar into the triple digits, life on the streets goes from unbearable to deadly. Homeless men, women, and children in our community urgently need your help to survive the blistering summer heat.

Because of YOU ... men, women, and children suffering on the streets of Phoenix are finding refuge, receiving relief, and discovering New Life.

 

This summer we had over one million water bottles donated for our Code:Red summer heat relief! We wanted to highlight some of our top supporter. Thank you to EVERYONE involved, whether you donated a case of water, or supported the Mission financially this summer, you made an impact!

GIVE: Girls who Inspire, Volunteer and Empower

Movement Mortgage                                           Evan Jensen

Macerich                                                                    Honeywell

KUPD family                                                             Chase Bank

William C. Jack Elementary                                 SiteLock

 

To everyone involved in Code:Red this summer, THANK YOU! Your support IS making a difference in the lives of those suffering on the streets of Phoenix. Every bottles donated, every drive, every donation is changing lives. Because of you, suffering men, women, and children are finding their way, finding refuge, and finding a reason to live. Thank you for being a part of the life-transformations happening right here in our backyards.

 

Bringing a Light to the Valley of Shadows

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.

 

 

 

How Your Support of Code Red is Saving Lives

Scripture teaches us that far more often than from signs and wonders, God’s direction comes in the form of a gentle whisper in our hearts. Cliff Danley, our Street Outreach Coordinator, is no stranger to nudges from the Holy Spirit. It’s put him in the right place at the right time on more occasions than he can remember. A few weeks ago, while patrolling the streets in the Hope Coach, handing out water, supplies and hope as a part of our Code Red initiative, a small, still voice suddenly altered his route. In an unorthodox move, Cliff decided to take the van off-road. Unbeknownst to Cliff, he was on his way to a divine appointment – one that would ultimately save a woman’s life.

Riding with Cliff that day was Geoff, a regular volunteer at Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Changing Lives Center and first time Hope Coach passenger. “Writing a check has always been easy, but I felt that God was asking me to do more than that,” admits Geoff, when asked why he decided to take a ride that day. “Actually going out and telling people, ‘Hey we care about you.’ Or asking them ‘How are you doing?’ or ‘How can we help you?’ that’s when you become a link in the chain that leads them to Jesus.” Riding shotgun on the Hope Coach, Geoff was about to become a link in a way he would never forget.

Cliff tells us, “I received a call from Glendale PD to check out a potential homeless situation by 47th Avenue. We didn’t find anything at first, but then I felt led to do a little off-roading. I drove past a broken brick fence into an open field. That’s when Geoff saw her.” Lying face down in the dirt, unmoving, was a young woman. “She had a pink top, otherwise she would have blended in,” says Geoff. “We couldn’t wake her up. Cliff said that in all his years he hadn’t yet come across a dead body… but that perhaps this was the day… Then we felt her breath, just barely. We called the Glendale PD.” That’s when that small still voice nudged both Cliff and Geoff one last time. “While we were waiting, we knelt and prayed that God would keep her safe.” God answered. Shortly after, police and EMTs arrived.

After a few tense moments of trying to rouse her, the paramedics hooked up the IVs and they were able to get her conscious again. Most people would find it hard not to panic in a life or death situation like this one. Geoff had a different experience. “I can’t explain it, but there was a calm that God was in control,” says Geoff. We learned that her name was Anna. She was too weak to stand so they rushed her off to the Emergency Room. “We were just a link in God’s chain,” says Geoff. “That’s what the Hope Coach does – it’s a link in His chain, getting people help who need it. It’s another confirmation for me that God is in control.” It was a combination of God’s direction, Cliff’s willing heart, Geoff’s sharp eyes and your support that gave this woman a second chance in the nick of time. But there are so many others out there, homeless, hurting, caught with nowhere to hide from the deadly summer heat. That’s why it is so important that we reach as many like Anna as we can as early as we can this summer, to give them the chance to find a way off the streets before they find themselves hospitalized – or worse.

 

 

 

Light in the Valley of Darkness

Bud has been living on the streets for more than a year and a half. Well, “living” is being generous – more like surviving. As he discusses what his experiences have been like, he lifts the edge of his hoodie to show a spot on his neck where he was stabbed a few months back during an altercation with another homeless man.

We learn he’s survived being hit by a car while riding his bike, countless other fights and even attempted robberies. Bud doesn’t scare easily.

But even he admits the HEAT has got him worried – isolation offers him protection from most threats on the streets, but it’s no good against the heat. If he goes down alone, the chances of him getting back up are close to zero.

That’s why it is so important that we reach as many like Bud as we can as early as we can this summer, to give them the chance to find a way off the streets before they find themselves hospitalized – or worse.

Thank you for helping us spread the word and save more lives this summer!