Summer Fun with Mission Possible Cookies

Summer Ideas with Mission Possible Cookies

Things are starting to heat up in the Valley! Let us help you spring into summer with five fun things you can do with Mission Possible Cookies!

  1. Cookies make fantastic toppings for ice cream. Order your favorite Mission Possible Cookies and pair them with your favorite ice cream. Chop your Mission Possible Cookies into smaller pieces. Sprinkle them on top of your bowl or cone of ice cream and voila! Your ice cream just got better!
  2. Are you the extreme eats type? Like to take things to the next level? Mission Possible Cookies is here to help you take the next step with ice cream sandwiches! Grab a cookie, scoop ice cream on it, and top it with another cookie! Repeat with the remaining cookies and ice cream. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight for completely firm ice cream sandwiches. Or who are we kidding? Eat one right away, of course!
  3. Make a cookie pie crust! That’s right! Use Mission Possible Cookies to make an elevated and unique pie crust. Find the recipe here: rebrand.ly/cookierecipe
  4. Sometimes you need a quick and easy dessert that looks extra fancy! Layered cookie parfaits to the rescue! Buy or make your favorite pudding to pair with your favorite Mission Possible Cookies, add whipped cream, layer it in special glasses, and your friends will be oohing and aahing for days!
  5. Cookie butter, anyone? That’s right! Who needs avocado toast when you can have cookie toast with your coffee?? And it’s so easy to make! Smear it on your toast or a bagel, sandwich it between two more cookies, or just eat it with a spoon! There’s no wrong way to eat cookie butter! Find the recipe here: rebrand.ly/cookierecipe

Just want the cookies without all the fuss? No worries! We’ve got your cookie needs covered! Visit Mission Possible Cookies at missionpossiblecookies.com and place your order today! Help us Change a Life One Bite at a Time!

Sweet, Sweet Recovery | Maggi’s Transformation Story

God used a little sugar to transform a bitter situation.

Drugs have been a part of Maggi’s life as far back as she can remember. Both her father and her older brother were avid users. Her mother, though not addicted, enabled the behavior by financing them both.

Maggi seemed all but destined to follow in their footsteps.

By the time she was 16, she was hooked on heroin. By 20, she was homeless. By 28, she had lost custody of kids, possessions, and even broken ties to family because of her growing addiction. Squatting alone in an abandoned house in Sierra Vista was a bitter way to live life.

She had no idea something sweet was waiting for her just around the corner. In her wildest dreams, she never would have imagined that God would use cookies to turn her life around.

“I always thought that God had forgotten about me or that He hated me,” Maggi admits. “I didn’t know anything about grace or redemption. I was just so done. I was tired of being homeless and I hadn’t seen my son in months. I knew I needed to do something.”

That “something” found her quicker than she thought. Police surrounded the abandoned house Maggi had been calling home. She was arrested, but thankfully, instead of jail time, the judge sent her to the Phoenix Rescue Mission for recovery.

“When I came here, my hair was breaking off and was matted; it was bad. Then I met a friend, Rebecca, who came from a Christian family, and she helped walk me through what grace is and taught me that hope is possible and that God hasn’t given up on me.

As she continued her recovery, little by little, Maggi started to change. Our staff equipped her with tools designed to help her effectively deal with cravings and avoid triggers. Counseling sessions helped her zero in on the root of her addiction and find healing. Weekly Bible studies brought her closer to a Savior she had never known and through that relationship she began to find transformation. That change only accelerated when she joined our social enterprise team.

In addition to her work with Mission Possible Cookies, Maggi helps tutor children at the Changing Lives Center, allowing their mothers to concentrate on their own recovery.

“Joining the Mission Possible Cookies team was the best thing that could have happened to me. You get to go off campus; it feels like a real job. Instead of just rehab, I felt like I was working towards something and learning new skills that I’d be able to carry out with me.”

Maggi learned how to work in a team setting, how to do inventory, receive orders, package those orders, and more. She earned her Serve Safe certification, qualifying her to work in a large range of areas in the food industry. She thrived. She did so well, in fact, that it wasn’t long before she was promoted to a leadership position.
“Leading a direct team of people to complete a project was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but Michelle was by my side through it all. She takes her job as a role model very seriously. Whenever anything happened, she helped walk me through it. She would encourage me not to give up and taught me to find joy in everything I do.

Today, thanks to God’s ingenuity and your support, Maggi is a recovery graduate and a new creation in Christ. She’s sober, she’s earned back split custody of her son, and even has the skills to build a bright new future.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the time, talent, and treasure you give! Thank you for the prayers and support that continues to change lives, one sweet story at a time.

“Cookies changed the trajectory of my life!”

A Return to Recovery | Brandon’s Story

Three years ago, Brandon was running amok in Show Low, drinking and doing drugs with abandon. It wasn’t until he ended up in prison that he realized he had been caught by the same trap as his cousin Danny.

“I remember hearing from my parents about Danny growing up. Sometimes we would overhear them saying, ‘Danny messed up again,’ and we all knew what that meant. But then I found out that he was doing really well. (So well in fact that he’s managing our Hope for Hunger Food Bank, see cover story.) And I wondered what happened. That’s how I found out about Phoenix Rescue Mission.”

After nine months, Brandon was released into rehab. Figuring that what had worked for his cousin would work for him, he enrolled in our Men’s Recovery Program. But he soon found out that recovery is more than just going through the motions.

“When I graduated, I left campus and pretty much fell flat on my face. I went back to drinking and taking pills almost immediately. That’s when I realized that I hadn’t been honest with anyone during recovery. I just told the counselors and staff what they wanted to hear.”

“I was honest with them. I told them I had relapsed and they recommended I start the program over from square one.

Looking back, it was the best decision I’ve made.”

"But there was something different this time. Even though I was back to doing drugs, God convicted my heart each time I did it, and it just got worse each time. I knew I had to go back.”

Recovery is a long road, full of ups and downs. Just as Christ grants us all the grace to return to Him time and time again, every graduate knows the doors are always open to them at Phoenix Rescue Mission if they stumble.

During his recovery, and before Covid forced us to close our Mission Possible Café temporarily, he found that working in the kitchen both complemented his studies and gave him a new perspective.

“I had a lot of animosity in my heart toward authority figures. I didn’t like them telling me what to do. As I worked in the Café, my attitude began to change. I started seeing how it wasn’t them versus me, it was us working together. They showed me how criticism can be constructive and to not take things personally. They basically helped me become an adult, to see the bigger picture, and I started loving going to work. Once you begin putting God first, everything changes and you start to transform.

Today, Brandon has completed recovery for a second time, but for the first time with an openness and honesty that has given him a real foundation for a new life. He’s found a steady job and is looking forward to graduation in October. He’s saving for a car and his future is looking bright, thanks to the grace afforded by friends like you.

Mission Possible Cafe Grand Re-Opening

The Best Gift for Valentine’s Day

COOKIES!

Who doesn't like a sweet treat?! Mission Possible Cookies help men and women get back on their feet and gain skills that will help them gain employment. Your purchase of Mission Possible Cookies makes our mission possible, 100% of proceeds go back into Phoenix Rescue Mission program to end homelessness and hunger in the Valley of the Sun.

Your will not only make Valentine's Day special with a delicious treat to say "I love you" to the special people in your life, you will also be saying, "I care" to hurting neighbors in Maricopa County. Who thought making an impact in someones life would be o delicious?!

Visit giftcookies.com to check out our feature items, and read stories of transformation because of your support!