The First Step To Recovery

Rescue-Assess-Place (RAP) is the first step of admission into our residential recovery program. Through a structured 7-day program, we assess women who are motivated for change and place them in the best solution pathway for their situation.

For most, this is the very first time they've honestly assessed their situation and had help developing a plan to break destructive cycles.

During RAP, they receive case management services, a health assessment, basic life skills and access to classes so they can get a taste of what residential recovery would be like at Phoenix Rescue Mission. Those that do not enter our program are referred to partner agencies for help.

Transformations Recovery Program

The program consists of both, a recovery plan plus an aftercare program:

  • Phase 1: Foundations is the first step on the road to recovery. This phase runs for a minimum of 2 months after a person comes through our RAP program. During this time, women are introduced to basic recovery principles and begin classes which include: 12-Step Recovery, anger management, parenting classes, and basic life skills needed to develop the necessary commitment for Christ-centered recovery.
  • Phase 2: Intensive Residential Discipleship is a minimum 5-month residential program that takes women through 3 stages of recovery, plus vocational development — Inner Healing, Discipleship, and Life Skills. Women participate in classes and counseling to analyze destructive thought patterns and behaviors, to address damaged relationships and commit to making amends, and to regain control and accountability to self and others. They assess their gifts, talents, and experience that they can bring to a new life in recovery. Skills assessments, computer classes, and job search training are offered at the end of this phase.
  • Phase 3: Our Advanced Programs run for a minimum of 5 months and feature three options for women to prepare for independence.
    • Option 1: The New Start track offers support for pursuing and maintaining employment.
    • Option 2: The Servant Leadership track prepares clients for moving into Christian leadership via mentorship and service responsibilities.
  • Aftercare is a minimum 6-month phase of continued support for women who have graduated from the program. Women are required to complete their aftercare contract, to complete monthly progress reports, and participate in the program’s Alumni Association.

The Changing Lives Center is a safe place.

Women live in secure, apartment-style housing with access to childcare as they receive counseling, life skills education, and career assistance. Just ask Charity.

“The CLC had everything I needed,” she says. “The classes, transportation, even my meals and housing were provided. I didn’t have to think about anything other than getting better.”

Read Charity's full story here.

Since 2011, the Changing Lives Center has been serving women and mothers with children who are struggling with substance abuse, homelessness, and trauma.

Take a virtual tour of our facility and see all that it has to offer by watching the video.

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of being homeless and needs recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, take the first step toward recovery and contact our Welcome Center at (602) 688-6219 with any questions or to arrange an intake and meeting with one of our Case Managers.

Support the Changing Lives Center

The demand for services to women and children is growing rapidly. We’ve gone from serving 22 women and 20 children in 2011 when the Changing Lives Center first opened, to nearly 100 women and 36 children in the past year — and so many more families need help. Support them with a gift today!

Volunteer at the Changing Lives Center

There are a number of ways you can help out at the CLC, especially as a teacher’s assistant or as a childcare helper. Rock a baby, teach a tot his ABCs, read to a toddler. We also need certified personal trainers and/or aerobics instructors to teach classes.