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
A manager of 35 years, Scott noticed that there is a unity factor when his team worked together, when they went through, and overcame struggles together, "it drew us closer as a team," Scott Duncan, Value Stream Operations Manager of Honeywell says. "There are employees at Honeywell with family members who went through the program at the Phoenix Rescue Mission." Individuals who were once homeless, facing addiction, or battling life controlling issues, "they saw how the program at Phoenix Rescue Mission benefited not only that person, but their whole family." Honeywell wanted to support the work of Phoenix Rescue Mission, and began supporting our Code Red Summer Heat Relief drive last year in 2017. Scott and his team at Honeywell donated over 1,650 cases equaling 22 pallets of water to the Mission. "We knew we wanted to do even more the next year. It became a competition for good among our employees at Honeywell."
Today Scott is at Phoenix Rescue Mission's donation warehouse with his Honeywell team, and his sister Becky. Becky, a personnel coordinator at Walmart, sees first-hand the effects of poverty in Phoenix. "We are always handing out water to individuals experiencing homelessness in our community. They are sick, dehydrate, and we can see the struggle that they face, especially in the summer heat explains Becky. With the support of Walmart, Becky was able to support her brother's competitive spirit, by bring her employee into the picture to join forcing in our summer heat relief drive. "Becky was a huge part of Honeywell's success the last two years, says brother Scott." Walmart sold the pallets to Honeywell at a good price and even delivered the truck-fulls of water to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. This year, Walmart needed to make two trips to deliver the 2,000 cases of water donated by Honeywell, equaling 38 pallets of water to distribute to the homeless community in our city.
"We know 100% of ever penny donated through this initiative is going to help someone," Scott explains. "Our goal next year is to fill four trucks!"
Thank you to Scott and Becky, Honeywell and Walmart for your support in helping the hurting and homeless in our community. Your support is making a monumental difference in our community! See you next year for another successful Code Red season!
Want to join Honeywell and Walmart and be a part of the life-transformation in your state? Contact Catie at firstname.lastname@example.org of (602)346-3347 to get started!
For many homeless, living on the streets will mean that they must go without – without a roof over their heads, without a place to shower, and during the sweltering summer months in Phoenix, without any real place of respite from the deadly heat. In an effort to keep them safe, the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope Coach travels the streets of Phoenix, offering water, assistance, and Hope Totes to the homeless they meet. Jessica, grateful to have received a tote of her own, discusses with the Hope Coach team the difficulties she’s facing. “Out here, there are so many people waiting to take advantage of you. So seeing a friendly face that welcomes you and is there for you…” Jessica says, as tears roll down her face. “I’m very thankful for Phoenix Rescue Mission and everyone who works with them. You really do help and make a difference.” These totes perform double duty – not only giving hope in a physical way, but also a means to begin a, hopefully, life-transforming discussion.
Inside the one-gallon Ziploc bag, recipients will find basic necessities, such as food, hygiene kits, socks, and other items that can help make the summer months easier to navigate. The tote Jessica received was special – it was one of the 1,455 totes handmade and donated by Palm West Community Church, and made with more than 35,000 items! Jim and Claudia Smith, Palm West’s Hope Tote Coordinators, said, “Our members work on this ministry all year long. We trust the bags will bring hope to those who receive them.” Thank you, Palm West Community Church, for your faithful service to our community! During these harshest parts of the summer, Phoenix Rescue Mission is especially in need of a large supply of these totes.
You can help make a big impact by donating Hope Totes during our Code Red Heat Relief campaign. For instructions on assembling and where to drop them off, please visit phoenixrescuemission.org/you-can-help/volunteer/
Thank you for your continued support in helping make this sweltering summer safe for those with no place to find relief.