2021 Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Effort

2021 Code:Red Heat Relief Effort Launches May 10

Phoenix Rescue Mission to partner with public to prevent heat-related and COVID-related deaths and illnesses among the homeless and at-risk

PHOENIX (April 30, 2021) – Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its 9th annual, city-wide Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign to ensure the Valley’s homeless population and at-risk individuals do not fall victim to the hot summer months ahead.

Beginning May 10, through August 31, the large-scale heat relief initiative and water drive is raising the level of need for this year’s campaign, due to the continuing risks of COVID-19. In addition to water and other heat relief items, the Mission is asking the public to help support the campaign with monetary donations and non-perishable food drives. Monetary donations, which will be essential to meet the increased need during the difficult months ahead, will be matched up to $150,000 – made possible by a grant from several friends of the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

The Mission also launched a system for individuals and companies to easily set up digital fundraising drives to make socially distanced collections even simpler.

“As we approach the 10th anniversary of Code:Red, the need for public support could never be higher,” Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Ken Brissa said. “In addition to battling triple-digit temperatures, the number of homeless men and women in our community has continued to climb while the pandemic limits access to many resources and services.”

Several municipalities, including Goodyear, Peoria, Avondale, Scottsdale, Surprise, and Glendale, have joined the effort and will work with the Mission’s Street Outreach staff as they comb Valley streets in a small fleet of Hope Coach vehicles providing water, toiletries, and case management services to those in need. The Mission’s outreach teams will be following the CDC’s COVID-19 safety protocols while providing personalized care that removes the barriers that keep people stuck in a cycle of homelessness.

“Anyone can help us save lives this summer, no matter if you’re an individual who wants to make a small donation online, a small business owner who’d like to start a food or water drive, or if you just want to drop off a case of water,” Brissa said. “It’s important to note that we’re not just handing out water and making people feel better. We’re building relationships with those in need and helping to remove the barriers to get them off the streets for good.”

More information about the Code:Red initiative can be found here. Food, water, and all other heat-relief donations can be dropped off at the Mission’s Donation Warehouse, located at 3440 W. Lewis Ave., Building A, Suite G, in Phoenix.  The Mission is also in need of volunteers to help distribute vital, nutritious food to families in need at its Hope for Hunger Food Bank in Glendale.

For more information on what to donate or to start a Code:Red drive, please contact Catie Hammann at  gikhelp@phxmission.org or 602-346-3347.

 

Phoenix Rescue Mission:

Phoenix Rescue Mission is a leading provider of Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and trauma. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to transform lives, including Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Hope Coach Street Outreach, Temporary Shelter Programs, Men’s Addiction Recovery Programs, and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.

 

Media Contacts:

Ryan Brown, Phoenix Rescue Mission, office: (602) 346-3352; cell: (302) 359-6780, rbrown@phxmission.org

Josh Skalniak, Lambert & Co., cell: (480) 352-2050 jskalniak@lambert.com

A Competition for Good

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 chammann@phoenixrescuemission.org of (602)346-3347 to get started!

A Tote Filled with Hope

 

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.

Movement Mortgage Making an Impact

Retail home lender Movement Mortgage and its philanthropy arm, Movement Foundation, has donated more than 400,000 bottles of water and a $150,000 matching grant to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s 5th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign. The donation, which is one of the largest single contributions to the Code:Red campaign since it began in 2013, was presented to Phoenix Rescue Mission during a press conference at the Mission’s donation warehouse.

“Because of Movement Mortgage’s generous gift, our staff and volunteers can continue their heat relief efforts at a time when it’s needed most,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission spokesperson Nicole Pena. “As we continue to expand our Code:Red campaign and street outreach, we couldn’t ask for a better partner to help us protect our most vulnerable populations during these hot summer months.”

Immediately following the ceremony, Movement Mortgage volunteers joined the Mission’s street outreach team to deliver the water and other heat-relief items directly to those living on the streets.

“At Movement, we believe in a simple idea: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The intense heat in Arizona has left so many of our neighbors in life-threatening circumstances, and I am so proud of our teammates in Arizona and across the Western states that stepped up with such generosity to be difference makers,” Ignacio Metcalf, Movement Mortgage national sales director, said. “We are honored to work with the Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Movement Foundation to ensure these 400,000 bottles of water and the $150,000 matching grant will bring life, light and hope to our neighbors in greatest need.”

In addition to the donated funds and water, Movement Mortgage volunteers also assembled nearly 500 Summer Survival Kits, which included t-shirts, sunblock, granola bars, hats and other heat-relief items to be handed out to the homeless during the city-wide heat-relief campaign.

THANK YOU MOVEMENT MORTGAGE!

Free Food for Water Donations

FOUND:RE Hotel Forks Out Free Food for Water Donations

 The Boutique-style hotel to partner with Phoenix Rescue Mission for month-long water drive, beginning June 14

The FOUND:RE Hotel has partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission for a month-long water drive, beginning June 14, in support of the Mission’s 5th Annual Code:Red Summer Heat Relief campaign.

 The boutique-style hotel, located in downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue and Portland Street, is asking the public to bring cases of water to the hotel, where donors will receive a buy-one-get-one-free certificate for every case of water they drop off. Each coupon is good for lunch sandwiches or salads and dinner entrees at the hotel’s wood-fired kitchen MATCH: Restaurant & Cocktails.

All water donations will go directly to Phoenix Rescue Mission to support its Code:Red Street Outreach program, which is a central part of the heat-relief campaign, delivering water and other heat-relief items to those on the streets who need it most. Since the Mission first launched Code:Red in 2013, heat-related deaths among the homeless have continued on a downward trend, according to the latest data from Maricopa County.

“Every year our deadly summer heat claims the lives of too many people on our streets, and it’s vital that we all come together to fight this epidemic of homelessness,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Jay Cory. “Without the support of the public and local businesses like the FOUND:RE, we would not be able to continue our efforts in making our community a better place for everyone.”

The 5th Annual Code:Red campaign began on May 1 and runs through August 31. Partnering with several businesses and municipalities, including the cities of Phoenix, Peoria and Glendale, the nonprofit hopes to collect and distribute at least 1 million bottles of water during the campaign to support the needs within the community.

Other items needed include white socks, toiletries, cool snack packs, hats, light-colored T-shirts, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick, chilly neck coolers and more.

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger and homelessness. The nonprofit 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. For more information, call (602) 233-3000 to learn more about Code:Red Summer Heat Relief campaign.