Michael is No Longer Homeless for the Holidays

Michael is No Longer Homeless for the Holidays

After 15 years of living on the street, YOU helped him obtain the keys to his own apartment 

A year ago, you could find Michael passed out drunk in a park, by his own admission, “killing himself” one pint of whiskey at a time.

Today, he’s sober, employed, and turning the key to his new Glendale apartment. Who does he have to thank for ending 15 years of living on and off the streets? God, of course. And you!

It was a chance encounter. Our Glendale Works team, responsible for providing the homeless of Glendale with the opportunity to earn an honest day’s wage, visited Michael’s park one day to clean up. A curious Michael got to talking to Gabe Priddy, our Street Outreach Coodinator, and shared his story. To his surprise, Gabe could relate!

It wasn’t too long ago Gabe was in a similar position. Instead of giving up, he encouraged Michael to strive for something more.

Michael took those words to heart and joined the Glendale Works team. While he worked, Michael was assigned Case Manager Brian Farretta who helped him get copies of his birth certificate and his social security card so he could begin to look for employment. He helped him obtain a housing voucher, locate an apartment and purchase furniture for his new place. Brian even worked it out so the Mission could pay for his apartment application fee!

Now, one year later, Michael is truly homeless for the holidays – thanks to you!

I’ve never had apartment keys in my life. I’ve been on the streets so long, it’s hard to believe this is real. If it weren’t for you, I’d still be in the park. I want to thank you guys,” says Michael with tears in his eyes. “Thank you, Lord! I’m blessed!”

Code:Red 2021 Breaks New Ground!

Growing collaboration made Code:Red 2021 a resounding success!

We all knew 2021 was going to be a record-breaking summer. With your support, Phoenix Rescue Mission went into overdrive, collaborating with local municipalities, making arrangements with service providers and beefing up our own staff to make sure we reached as many vulnerable people as possible before the temperatures turned deadly.

2021 Highlights:

  • Added 6 additional Case Managers and 1 Supervisor to our Street Outreach team – dramatically growing the number of solutions-focused engagements with people on the streets to 2,643. What’s more, a record 207 of those we reached were rescued in the nick of time. God is good!
  • In a new partnership with Maricopa County, we provided heat relief transportation each morning and evening throughout the summer to men, women, and families caught without shelter. Our driver safely shuttled them to and from the gathering point at the Human Services Campus to the heat relief station set up in collaboration with St. Vincent De Paul.
  • We helped create the Glendale Homeless Services Alliance, a gathering of multiple service providers in the city of Glendale whose goal is to provide a “no wrong door” approach to homeless services. Located at the Norton Ramsey Empowerment Center, those experiencing homelessness, unemployment, or other obstacles have more opportunity to receive help and hope than ever before.
  • As a part of the alliance, Phoenix Rescue Mission was able to begin offering 6-month emergency housing vouchers this summer to get qualified individuals out of the heat and into a space where they can put their life back on track.

Through it all, friends like you donated an incredible amount of water and other critical resources that we took directly to the streets. Over four months, we distributed 605,273 bottles of life-saving water, keeping our homeless neighbors safely awash in hydration – exactly what was needed during our extreme summer months.

Code:Red 2021 was a resounding success – and it’s because friends like you made it possible.

Thank you for helping keep our vulnerable neighbors safe!

Food on the Go!

Where the hungry can’t get to us, we go to the hungry! In our research and experience, we’ve learned that bringing food and hygiene assistance to the communities in need is a crucial step in reaching families who need assistance.

South Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month, the First New Life Church at 1902 W. Roeser Road hosts our South Phoenix Community Market. Here we distribute hygiene products along with much-needed canned and dry foods at no cost to the hungry and the hurting.

West Phoenix Food Pantry

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo/Army for Christ Ministries at 4013 W. Maricopa Street hosts our Mission Mobile Pantry. This distribution site is strategically located in a “food desert” – an area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – to help families make ends meet, and get some much-needed nutrition at the same time.

West Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, our Community Market opens up shop at 4013 W. Maricopa Street. Families are welcome to food boxes filled with canned and dry goods, as well as hygiene products ranging from paper towels and toilet paper to cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Want to help us serve families in our community? Check out the volunteer opportunities at phxmission.org/volunteer! Also, if you know someone who may be food insecure – help us get the word out! There are no zip code or income restrictions; a photo ID is all that’s required to participate. You can find out more at phxmission.org/hunger.

Education for Transformation

The newest ‘Lopes – Brian Farretta, Jesse Dallariva and Amanda Jaramillo, three graduates of the PRM Recovery Program – each receive full scholarships to Grand Canyon University.

Amanda Jaramillo, Brian Farretta, Jacqueline Mix and Jesse Dallariva are shining examples of what happens when you take God at His word.

Not too long ago, each of these individuals found themselves addicted, broken, and in some cases homeless – but you would never know it looking at where they’re at today.

Through God’s grace and your support, their lives have been restored – a fact that Grand Canyon University recently celebrated by honoring each one with full scholarships to attend college this fall.

“These people have had some significant challenges… they’ve gone through the Phoenix Rescue Mission program, they’ve come out of it successfully and they’ve started their new life,” said GCU President Brian Mueller at Signing Day. “For us to be able to offer them this opportunity to take their life now to a whole new level is a blessing.”

For Brian Farretta, this is the latest in a long line of blessings since surrendering to God.

“I decided that I wanted Him to be in charge of everything. Since I’ve done that, I’ve gotten married, I have wonderful in-laws and now I have this scholarship. Furthering my education on a faith-based campus will be monumental for me.

Amanda plans to use this scholarship to pursue her dream of sharing the hope she’s found with others by studying Counseling with an Emphasis in Substance Abuse.

The counseling I received at the Phoenix Rescue Mission was so impactful in my life. I want to be able to do that for someone else,” says Amanda. “Having this opportunity is everything to me. It’s beyond my wildest dreams and I just feel so blessed.”

Jesse Dallariva, who will be pursuing a Masters in Business with an emphasis in Health Systems with this second scholarship, sees it as a testament to God’s amazing ability to transform a life.

“I was someone seven years ago that was homeless, on the streets, addicted to drugs and had no hope,” says Jesse. “I was an outcast that never thought I would be in any part of normal functioning society and so, to be here where I’m at now, with the extras of family, friends and support, is just amazing.”

On behalf of everyone here at Phoenix Rescue Mission, congratulations!

Jesse Dallariva, who will be pursuing a masters with his second scholarship, shares his journey from homelessness to wholeness, thanks to your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Sobriety Is Only the Beginning

Intentional Recovery Counseling Transforms Lives

For those living with a history of trauma there are two choices: become a hostage to your past or use that past to help others. Lisa chose the latter.

“Growing up with parents who struggled with addiction, I felt led to help others avoid what my family went through. So, I pursued a degree in counseling.”

It was during her undergrad years that God showed her where she was needed most.

“While there is poverty in my background, I didn’t have a real understanding of generational poverty. I became well aware of it during the volunteer portion of my undergrad studies. It broke my heart. I was convicted to the very core of my soul. God told me, ‘I want you to go where my people are.’ The rest is history.”

Today, Lisa is living out her passion as an Associate Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Growing up in an environment that included addiction and poverty, Lisa is using her past to help others as an Associate Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

“Here, I’m on the front lines of God’s miracles every day. I get to watch Him take clients from a place of brokenness, despair, and addiction to a place of wholeness. I saw that from day one. There are plenty of places to get sober but we do much more than that. We are in the business of life transformation.”

Lisa is one of four counselors on staff in our men’s recovery program, ministering to 14-25 men each week and helping them untangle past trauma through intentional recovery counseling.

“Intentional recovery counseling explores every area of a client’s life: physical, spiritual, and emotional. We’re looking for the root cause, to change the maladaptive patterns of the past and find healing. The source of that healing is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We never force anybody to do anything but we are creating a place where, if that relationship can develop, it will.”

The results speak for themselves. The national average is that only 30% of those in recovery make it to 180 days of sobriety. At Phoenix Rescue Mission, the rate is much higher at 56%!

“Our staff is very well trained. We all have master’s degrees, but what really sets our work apart from other counselors is that we get to bring Jesus with us. It’s freeing; I get to tell my clients what the real source of healing is. I couldn’t ethically practice in an environment where I wasn’t allowed to do that.”