Exclusive Red Carpet Movie Premiere – OCT 18TH!

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is the true story of international art dealer Ron Hall (Greg Kinnear), who befriends a homeless man (Djimon Hounsou) in hopes of saving his struggling marriage to Debbie (Renee Zellweger), a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the most remarkable journey of their lives. Jon Voight plays Hall’s father, with whom he reconciles thanks to the revelations of his new life.

With much of the story taking place at a rescue mission, Pure Flix Entertainment and Paramount Pictures have provided the opportunity for helping and compassion organizations to host pre-release red carpet events on October 18, 2017.

See this video invitation from Ron Hall, author of the book and co-author of the screen play.

You are cordially invited to join Phoenix Rescue Mission volunteers, donors and friends for this once in a generation event! Limited number of seats available, reserve your spot TODAY! This is your chance to see the movie before it hits theaters!

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Movie Times: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00








4915 E RAY RD







Ticket Price: $15.00 Donation


Space is limited!! Reserve your seats today!!


Click HERE to purchase your tickets for this exclusive pre-screening of Same Kind of Different as Me!

Hope Begins with a Meal

The Mission is expanding our food service vocational program with the opening of Mission Possible Café! Mission Possible Café with be open to the public October 2nd, serving southwest inspired cuisine prepared by men and women currently in Mission programs. All Mission Possible Café employees will be part of the vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get participants back on their feet. To learn more about how the restaurant will be incorporated into Mission programs, click HERE.

Mission Possible Cafe will share space with the Mission's Cookie Enterprise, and the Mission's catering business that is currently talking residence in the building. For years there has been room, and a vision to share this space with our community. The vision is becoming reality, but has taken an army to get moving. One of our first challenges began with making an empty space look and feel inviting. That is where Katie, a graphic design student at Arizona State University came in.

Katie and a team of friends came into a empty canvas of a restaurant, and turned it into a welcoming and beautiful piece of art. "The restaurant needed something that says, this is us, this is who we are we're bringing hope to people. The wall is going to bring life and happiness to this space."

Thanks to Katie and her team, the restaurant is on it's way to opening October 2nd with new life and welcoming charm. Guests will walk into the restaurant and see the words, "Hope Begins with a Meal." When the Mission began in 1952, this was our key message. The Phoenix Rescue Mission's goal is to help the men and women in our programs get back on their feet through service. Katie and her team are an example of serving our community as the hands and feet of Jesus and sharing your gifts and talents. “Someday I’d like to be an art director for a non-profit, whatever that looks like. That’s the end career goal to work in non-profits, so to be doing this work while in school is pretty cool,” Katie explains. Thank you Katie for your service to the Mission and our community!

Come support the Mission by enjoying a hot and delicious meal on us Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To learn more and support the Mission click HERE.

Hunger Action Month

“Missing a meal” is not the latest diet craze, but the definition of “food Insecurity.” Right here in Arizona one in 7 families are considered food insecure like Andrea, who needed her car to get to her job.

“This month my car broke and the only way to pay for it was to take the money from my food budget. I would skip dinner to make sure my kids had something at night,” said Andrea. “Knowing there was a week until my next paycheck was when I found the food bank and was provided a cart full of groceries.”

“I was so thankful to find so many people who care. It meant a lot to my family.”

You can help neighbors like Andrea put nutritious food on her table this month. Here are some ideas YOU can take action this month.

September is Hunger Action Month. Here are a few ways YOU can take action, and make an impact in your community!

Hold a Canned

Food Drive

Hold a canned food drive at your church, office or in your neighborhood. Contact Catie to arrange your drive, and find out our greatest needs at chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org or 602-346-3347


Use the #ShareYourPlate hashtag on social media to let your friends and family know how you are helping food insecure families this month. Don't forget to check Phoenix Rescue Mission on Facebook and @phxmission on Twitter and Instagram to see our video highlights of those you are helping.

Feed a Family

Feed a family in our care. Hope begins with a meal, just a $1.92 provides a nutritious meal in our dining hall. Click HERE to donate.

Volunteer at Hope for Hunger Food Bank

Volunteer to pack food boxes at Hope for Hunger Food Bank. Sign up as a volunteer on VolunteerHub or click HERE to see the available shifts.

Become a Fill-A-Bag Partner

Join the Mission and help us support low-income families in our neighborhoods with bags of groceries and basic goods. To learn more about the Fill-A-Bag Program, click HERE.

Buy Cookies

You heard right. Buy  cookies. Support the Mission's Cookie Enterprise Vocational Program, where all proceeds go back into the program to support the very women baking up delicious cookies, made from scratch, just for you! Learn more at giftcookies.com

Volunteer Serving in our Kitchen

Serve at our Community Market

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month, the Mission serves our low-income families. We open our campus and provide food bags, a chance to "shop" for clothes, shoes and basic household items, provide counseling and prayer, and plenty of water to get them by. See what happens at our market below.

Thank you for taking action to end hunger in our community!

Arrested by Grace

"It's almost over," Taryn told herself. She had driven this route between Phoenix and El Paso dozens of times before, but she had never carried this much over state lines. She was nervous. It was early morning when she pulled up to the drop-off location in the desert outside of El Paso. A group of men were waiting for her.

As she had done several times before, Taryn got out and walked over to hand them the keys to her car. But instead of giving her a new set of keys for the drive home, one of them pulled out a gun and pressed

it against her head. “He told me he didn’t want the car. This had never happened…I was terrified, I thought I was going to die! But then he walked me backwards to my car and told me to leave.” Taryn headed back to Phoenix, shaken. But what terrified her more than what just happened was what was going to happen when she returned in the vehicle she left with. Not knowing what else to do, she cried out to God for a way out.

Not long after, Taryn got an answer to her prayers. Outside of Benson, Arizona, in a car filled with drugs, she looked up to find red and blue lights flashing in her rearview mirror.

Taryn was born on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Although many of us dream of being surrounded by lush rainforest and white sandy beaches, Taryn’s life has been anything but paradise. Her father was a drug-dealer, a member of a motorcycle gang and an abusive husband. Her mother fled to the mainland, leaving

Taryn behind. Through it all she learned to adapt. But when she was 20 years old, life dealt her a blow that she simply couldn’t bear. Her 3-year-old son was taken from her in a fatal car accident. “It was too much,” Taryn admits, wiping away the tears. “After losing him I started numbing myself with cocaine and alcohol to deal with the pain.” She followed her mother to the mainland in hopes of leaving behind the drugs and reminders of the accident. It worked for a while. She settled down in Phoenix, reunited with her mother, and had two daughters. But when she learned that her daughters were unhappy living in Arizona, she sent them back to live in Kauai at the advice of her grandmother. It was like losing her son all over again. “When they left, I felt like my whole world was gone.

I started going out and finding all the wrong places and getting to know all the wrong people. I went back to using again. I got involved in transporting drugs.” Not long after, life found Taryn pulled over outside of Benson in a car packed with illegal drugs. “I was carrying 82 pounds of methamphetamine and 52 pounds of marijuana when the police pulled me over. I knew at that moment that God was answering my prayers.” Taryn was arrested and was looking at a sentence of 10-15 years in prison. But God intervened a second time. Incredibly, an error in the paperwork submitted at trial reduced Taryn’s sentence to just 8 months!

Tiffany (left) was instrumental in directing Taryn to the Changing Lives Center. Your support allowed us to be there for her when she needed it most.

Nearing the end of her sentence, sitting in jail, Taryn realized that she didn’t know what to do next. She couldn’t return to her apartment and a lifestyle that would get her killed. She reached out to God a second time. “I asked him, ‘What do I do? I need you, I need to find you. Where do I go?’ At that moment, a woman tapped me on the shoulder. She said, ‘If you need God, then you need the Changing Lives Center.’”

Taryn looked us up and sent a letter asking for help. We answered the call. “Tiffany [a graduate of the Phoenix Rescue Mission Women’s Recovery Program] came to visit me. I told her my story. She said that when I got out in July that I would have a bed waiting for me! The day I got out I left everything behind, my apartment, everything I owned, got on a bus and headed for the CLC.”

Waiting for a spot in our Ministry Training Program, Taryn assists in distributing clothes and supplies in our R.A.P. (Rescue Assess Place) unit.

Thanks to your support, we were able to welcome Taryn with open arms and share with her the love of Christ. Just out of prison, she needed clothes, toiletries and shoes – you lovingly provided. You gave her access to counselors and staff who are trained to address more than just her addiction. They went deeper, to the root of the problem – helping her bring wounds from her childhood and losing her son out of the darkness and lay them at the feet of Jesus.

“This place has changed my life in ways I could never imagine. I realize now that I hardly knew God when I came here. I thought, ‘How was God going to ever forgive a sinful person like me?’ But thanks to the CLC, I’m a new creation in Christ. I’m not the same person I was when I walked in.” Today, Taryn is a graduate of our recovery program. She is sober and plans on applying for a spot in our rigorous Ministry Training program – to share the healing she has found here with the world around her. “This place has been a blessing. Knowing what God has done in my life, I want to pass on that blessing.” Thank you for the prayers and support that give men and women like Taryn a chance to find hope, transformation and a new future inside our doors!

RAP Unit : First Steps to New Life


R.A.P. is a maximum 7-day Christ-centered residential program for men, women, and mothers with children facing homelessness and seeking recovery from addiction or other life-controlling problems. RAP meets basic needs, builds relationships, provides opportunity for Christian growth, and assesses clients in order to place them in the appropriate solution pathway. RAP is provided for men at the Community Services Center (CSC) and for women at the Changing Lives Center (CLC).

Not everyone needs shelter or addiction recovery services. Sometimes resume help, and a supportive environment are all a guest needs to get back on his or her feet. Others require extensive recovery time, counseling, and vocational development to find their way back to wholeness. Instead of offering a one-size-fits-all program, R.A.P is designed to be the first step in breaking down all the services we offer and tailoring them to each individual we serve.

The R.A.P. program is coming up on it's one-year anniversary from when the program began.

In celebration of the program's one-year anniversary, R.A.P. is getting an incredible donation from Thunderbird's Charities of $100,000! This cause will directly impact the Changing Lives Center's R.A.P. program. Blake, the assistant case manager says, "this donation will get the R.A.P. unit moving to the next level by giving us more space and organization, and make it feel more like a home then a storage unit." The funds will go towards the re-model and renovation of the Changing Lives Center's R.A.P. office and classroom, along with a space for children in the R.A.P. unit.

Since July 2016, the Changing Lives Center at the Mission has had 269 women admitted into R.A.P. 65% (176) of those women finished their R.A.P. program, 67% (119) of those ladies entered into our Transformations program. And of those women that didn’t enter into our program, fifty seven women were referred to external housing, or another program that better suited their needs.

Never before have we been able to offer so many life-transforming services and at the same time tailor them to such a personal level. We expect to see God working like never before in the lives of those we serve and it's all thanks to the support of friends like you. Programs like this wouldn't be possible without the time, talent, and treasure you give in love!

Back when we first introduced the R.A.P. program, "RAP Man" came to the Changing Lives Center and got our community excited about what the R.A.P. program would offer individuals as they take the first steps towards recovery. Can I get a BOOM BOOM CLAP?!