Food on the Go!

Where the hungry can’t get to us, we go to the hungry! In our research and experience, we’ve learned that bringing food and hygiene assistance to the communities in need is a crucial step in reaching families who need assistance.

South Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month, the First New Life Church at 1902 W. Roeser Road hosts our South Phoenix Community Market. Here we distribute hygiene products along with much-needed canned and dry foods at no cost to the hungry and the hurting.

West Phoenix Food Pantry

From 10 a.m. to Noon on the first Thursday of every month, Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo/Army for Christ Ministries at 4013 W. Maricopa Street hosts our Mission Mobile Pantry. This distribution site is strategically located in a “food desert” – an area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – to help families make ends meet, and get some much-needed nutrition at the same time.

West Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, our Community Market opens up shop at 4013 W. Maricopa Street. Families are welcome to food boxes filled with canned and dry goods, as well as hygiene products ranging from paper towels and toilet paper to cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Want to help us serve families in our community? Check out the volunteer opportunities at phxmission.org/volunteer! Also, if you know someone who may be food insecure – help us get the word out! There are no zip code or income restrictions; a photo ID is all that’s required to participate. You can find out more at phxmission.org/hunger.

Education for Transformation

The newest ‘Lopes – Brian Farretta, Jesse Dallariva and Amanda Jaramillo, three graduates of the PRM Recovery Program – each receive full scholarships to Grand Canyon University.

Amanda Jaramillo, Brian Farretta, Jacqueline Mix and Jesse Dallariva are shining examples of what happens when you take God at His word.

Not too long ago, each of these individuals found themselves addicted, broken, and in some cases homeless – but you would never know it looking at where they’re at today.

Through God’s grace and your support, their lives have been restored – a fact that Grand Canyon University recently celebrated by honoring each one with full scholarships to attend college this fall.

“These people have had some significant challenges… they’ve gone through the Phoenix Rescue Mission program, they’ve come out of it successfully and they’ve started their new life,” said GCU President Brian Mueller at Signing Day. “For us to be able to offer them this opportunity to take their life now to a whole new level is a blessing.”

For Brian Farretta, this is the latest in a long line of blessings since surrendering to God.

“I decided that I wanted Him to be in charge of everything. Since I’ve done that, I’ve gotten married, I have wonderful in-laws and now I have this scholarship. Furthering my education on a faith-based campus will be monumental for me.

Amanda plans to use this scholarship to pursue her dream of sharing the hope she’s found with others by studying Counseling with an Emphasis in Substance Abuse.

The counseling I received at the Phoenix Rescue Mission was so impactful in my life. I want to be able to do that for someone else,” says Amanda. “Having this opportunity is everything to me. It’s beyond my wildest dreams and I just feel so blessed.”

Jesse Dallariva, who will be pursuing a Masters in Business with an emphasis in Health Systems with this second scholarship, sees it as a testament to God’s amazing ability to transform a life.

“I was someone seven years ago that was homeless, on the streets, addicted to drugs and had no hope,” says Jesse. “I was an outcast that never thought I would be in any part of normal functioning society and so, to be here where I’m at now, with the extras of family, friends and support, is just amazing.”

On behalf of everyone here at Phoenix Rescue Mission, congratulations!

Jesse Dallariva, who will be pursuing a masters with his second scholarship, shares his journey from homelessness to wholeness, thanks to your support of Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Sobriety Is Only the Beginning

Intentional Recovery Counseling Transforms Lives

For those living with a history of trauma there are two choices: become a hostage to your past or use that past to help others. Lisa chose the latter.

“Growing up with parents who struggled with addiction, I felt led to help others avoid what my family went through. So, I pursued a degree in counseling.”

It was during her undergrad years that God showed her where she was needed most.

“While there is poverty in my background, I didn’t have a real understanding of generational poverty. I became well aware of it during the volunteer portion of my undergrad studies. It broke my heart. I was convicted to the very core of my soul. God told me, ‘I want you to go where my people are.’ The rest is history.”

Today, Lisa is living out her passion as an Associate Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Growing up in an environment that included addiction and poverty, Lisa is using her past to help others as an Associate Counselor and Licensed Master Social Worker at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

“Here, I’m on the front lines of God’s miracles every day. I get to watch Him take clients from a place of brokenness, despair, and addiction to a place of wholeness. I saw that from day one. There are plenty of places to get sober but we do much more than that. We are in the business of life transformation.”

Lisa is one of four counselors on staff in our men’s recovery program, ministering to 14-25 men each week and helping them untangle past trauma through intentional recovery counseling.

“Intentional recovery counseling explores every area of a client’s life: physical, spiritual, and emotional. We’re looking for the root cause, to change the maladaptive patterns of the past and find healing. The source of that healing is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We never force anybody to do anything but we are creating a place where, if that relationship can develop, it will.”

The results speak for themselves. The national average is that only 30% of those in recovery make it to 180 days of sobriety. At Phoenix Rescue Mission, the rate is much higher at 56%!

“Our staff is very well trained. We all have master’s degrees, but what really sets our work apart from other counselors is that we get to bring Jesus with us. It’s freeing; I get to tell my clients what the real source of healing is. I couldn’t ethically practice in an environment where I wasn’t allowed to do that.”

Filling our Streets with Hope – One Tote at a Time

When Diane Powers took her first summer trip on the Hope Coach, she thought she had an idea of what she would encounter. But what she saw spurred her to action.

My heart breaks for those who are in the heat without water, sunscreen, or a roof over their heads. I really wanted to help and so did the rest of my church congregation.”

With the support of Pastor Bobby Brewer, Diane organized the first North Chapel Bible Church water and Summer Hope Tote drive. That was five years ago and every year she and the rest of her congregation go all out seeking to save lives from our brutal summer heat.

“Most people make their own totes and we get a lot of donations of bags and things. Then a group of eight or so of us assemble any loose items into Hope Tote bags. By the time we’re done, we have nearly 250 cases of water and 80 Summer Hope Totes. PRM sends a big truck to pick everything up.”

Homelessness seems like such a big problem and many of us wonder just what kind of difference one person can make. Diane proves that it only takes one person to start a movement that saves lives.

“I want to get other people in my church involved in these projects and raise their interest level in people suffering. It’s important to not stay in a little box and not know what’s going on around you. You can provide more help on a larger scale when you have people who are motivated and get involved.”

Summer is Here – What Can I Do? [street outreach tips]

It’s 110 degrees outside and there he is on the corner, cardboard sign in hand, looking to you for help. You know handing him cash is not the answer and food isn’t a solution. It would be easy to drive on by, but your heart won’t let you abandon this homeless man to the heat.

What can you do?

It’s a question that weighs heavy on many of our hearts during the summer – our street outreach team is here to help!

Here are four simple tips that can make a real impact and could transform the life of someone on the street:

  1. Be Prepared. It’s hot and you are going to run into someone in need of help. Be ready! Keep a Summer Hope Tote or two in your car this summer ready to give away. Build yours at phxmission.org/hopetote.
  2. Talk with them. Say hello. Show them your heart. Asking if they have a place to stay the night or a plan for the future can be a great way engage in a quick conversation while at a stop light.
  3. Point them to PRM. This is the opportunity for transformation. Guide them toward a solution by handing out one of the enclosed Rescue Referrals or print your own at phxmission.org/referral. Tell them you support the Mission, and it could be a place their needs can be met.
  4. Pray. This is most important – only God can change hearts! Don’t forget to pray for those on the streets and for those battling addiction. Pray that their physical and emotional needs are met, and their spiritual hunger is satisfied. And please pray for the staff and volunteers at the Mission as we serve many who come to our door.

Last summer, record-breaking heat took the lives of 494 men and women in Arizona. As a community, we need to step up and reach out to those who may not know how deadly our summer can be.

Together, we can make a difference by connecting people in harm’s way with the resources that keep them safe and transform lives!

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