Phoenix Rescue Mission helps 600 disadvantaged students head back-to-school


Students in grades K-12 will receive fully-stocked backpacks, uniform vouchers and sports physicals during Saturday, July 25 event

WHO: Phoenix Rescue Mission and 600 students in grades K-12.

WHAT: Homeless and poor students from various Title I District schools throughout the Valley will receive backpacks, uniforms, back-to-school supplies and equipment, and sports physicals.

WHY: Every year Phoenix Rescue Mission hosts its back-to-school event so children of homeless and poor families have the same opportunity for success as every other student. If not for Phoenix Rescue Mission, it’s donors and volunteers, many of these children would begin the school year without the necessary tools to thrive. This not only sets them back academically but also decreases their self-esteem and overall well-being, decreasing their chances for future success.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, from 9 – 11 a.m.

WHERE: Contact Nicole Peña or Josh Skalniak for location details (contact info below)


  • More than 500 elementary and middle school students will receive backpacks filled with school supplies and school uniforms.
  • 100 high school students will receive free sports physicals.
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission will be signing up poor and homeless families to receive food boxes, as well as offering case management and vocational development services.
  • A Phoenix Rescue Mission spokesperson will be on hand to talk about the Mission and its work to ensure underprivileged children in the community are not forgotten.
  • Disadvantaged families may be available to talk about what it means to them that the community is stepping up to help the underprivileged.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The non-profit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to save lives, including Hope Coach Street Outreach, Homeless Emergency Services, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the new Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.


Media Contacts:

Josh Skalniak, Fingerpaint, office: (480) 368-7999; cell: (480)352-2050,

Nicole Peña, Phoenix Rescue Mission, office: (602) 346-3342; cell: (602) 516-8576 (On-Site),


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Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale Summer Water Drive


Contact: Jeremy Heath, Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale

Cell 870-897-9266 Store: 480-907-6699,


Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale Summer Water Drive

Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale hosts its 2nd annual water drive to raise hydration awareness and provide water to the homeless and homebound of Phoenix.

WHO: Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale, OSR Physical Therapy, and Water for Our World to benefit Phoenix Rescue Mission.

WHERE: Fleet Feet Sports Scottsdale, 18261 N. Pima Road STE E-135, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

WHEN: Saturday July 25, 2015 from 6:30am-5pm

WHAT: This water drive is being held to increase awareness of the heat related deaths that occur in Maricopa County. Last July alone, there were 39 heat related deaths and the total number of Arizona deaths each summer hovers around 100. Excessive heat warnings were issued for 12 days last summer and those days typically correlate to the highest numbers of deaths. Although the statistics show that we are doing much better at providing information and water to the homeless, the homebound population is still at a very high risk. The public is invited to drop off a case of water to Fleet Feet Scottsdale during the hours noted and Phoenix Rescue Mission will distribute to people in need with the help of Water for Our World . There will be a family-friendly fun 5k run starting at 6:30am. Games, giveaways, free running analysis and more will follow the run. Related awareness information and hydration tips will be provided by Fleet Feet Sports.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Video, photo and interview opportunities with participants and event organizers will be available. If you are interested in attending or have any further questions please contact Jeremy Heath at 870-897-9266 or

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Serve Across America Tour kicks-off in Phoenix

tim-and-dixieTo Jay, Steve, and Phoenix Rescue Mission Staff:

My wife and I just completed our summer trip to missions in all of the lower 48 states.   Of the 70 missions we visited, 50 of them were AGRM, but we’re a little biased; Phoenix will always be our favorite!  It was an awesome trip and we were well received.  Many told us they felt honored to be appreciated and some were very emotional.   In some cases, we were not able to meet with the directors;  however,  we enjoyed serving  on the line with staff and volunteers, and speaking in some of the chapels.   We were so impressed with the:

  • Commitment of the staff to God and meeting the needs of people
  • Vision of the directors
  • Wisdom of the chaplains
  • Hard work of the volunteer coordinators
  • Quality and cleanliness of the facilities
  • Tasty and healthy meals
  • Safe and secure environment
  • Friendliness and faithfulness of the volunteers
  • Variety of ministries in the missions
  • Focus on sharing the “Good news” of Jesus Christ
  • Long term changed lives from the discipleship program

We again want to reiterate how much we appreciate the positive attitude and hard work of your staff and volunteers for over 60 years here in the Valley.  Over the past 23 years of being involved with the mission through our church and Arizona Christian University and hearing the stories of changed lives, it confirms that you truly are making a difference.   We were excited about our future involvement together.

In just over 50 days to just under 50 states, two 50 year old Arizona teachers, Tim and Dixie Reed, traveled through the United States this summer.  They traveled 14,000 miles by van through all 48 lower states, visiting 70 rescue missions and homeless shelters, including one in every state. These missions feed the hungry, abused and addicted, and rally around the theme, “where hunger ends and hope begins.” 

Tim Reed


Working poor families coloring Easter Eggs at Phoenix Rescue MissionMission Plans to Serve 600 meals to the Homeless on Easter Sunday

Phoenix, AZ -- The economy has hit the homeless and near-homeless in Phoenix hard. More people are coming to Phoenix Rescue Mission everyday, and more families are being impacted. At the same time, the Mission is facing a critical drop of financial resources as donors reduce their giving because of financial strain.

The Christian community celebrates resurrection and new life each Spring. Phoenix Rescue Mission on Easter Sunday hopes to lift hearts of the poor and homeless in the Valley of the Sun with a hearty meal and gift of love.

The Easter meal can be an opportunity for the homeless to seek renewal. And Phoenix Rescue Mission provides a chance for everyone to participate in the festivities. If trends continue, the Phoenix Rescue Mission will serve 600 homeless men, women and children this Sunday. Volunteers will be serving heaping helpings of ham, eggs, bacon, pastries, hash browns and fruit -- not to mention a friendly smile.

"Meals can be the entry point for the homeless to find other services we offer that can help them get off the streets permanently," said Jerry Sandvig, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission. "Many of our guests are newly homeless -- they were not homeless a year ago, but job loss, foreclosures and other economic impacts have resulted in their seeking our services. We know many are looking from a program based on Christian values. In though times we want to provide our guests with a loving, home-like atmosphere."

Founded in 1952, Phoenix Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, chapel and other services to the homeless and working poor people of metropolitan Phoenix. Hundreds of hot meals are served daily. Showers and clean clothing are offered to anyone in need. 150 beds provide shelter for men nightly. A 12-month, spiritually based, addiction recovery program is available for up to 30 men at one time.

In July, the Phoenix Rescue Mission will expand its addiction recovery services to women and women with children at our new Changing Lives Center for women and children. It was through daily meals that Mission staff noticed a dramatic increase in the numbers of women with children coming to eat in our dining hall and returning to the streets. The Mission is thrilled to dedicate the Center next month and begin accepting families in July.

"We serve meals every day," said Jerry. "We couldn't do all we do without the help of our gracious volunteers and generous donors. Financially it is a challenging time for us. We see do many who need help, and we want to give them our best."

Free Frozen Yogurt For All!

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt CelebratesGrand Opening of Third Valley Location Jan. 13

Donations benefitting Phoenix Rescue Mission Being Accepted; Zoyo to Match Customer ContributionsZoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, a locally owned and operated frozen yogurt and dessert eatery, is set to open its third Valley location this Thursday at 4740 E Shea Boulevard in Phoenix (northwest corner of Shea and Tatum boulevards). To celebrate, any customer who visits the new location on Thursday, Jan. 13 between 11:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. will receive free frozen yogurt, courtesy of Zoyo.THIS THURSDAY, Jan. 13, 2011 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.


4740 East Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85028

(Northwest corner of Shea and Tatum)

Hope to see you all there!

In addition, Zoyo will be requesting donations to benefit Phoenix Rescue Mission’s new Changing Lives Center for women and children, a longterm addiction and trauma recovery program where homeless women and each of their children will live and receive comprehensive treatment. Zoyo will match all customer donations up to $2,500 in total contributions.