Stories of Transformation

Statistics about hunger and homelessness are important, but the real story is, well, the story behind each and every transformed soul.

The testimonies you’ll find here vividly illustrate what your support of the Phoenix Rescue Mission can do. The homeless find shelter. The hungry find food. The hopeless find hope.

Change happens. Here’s the proof.

Past Stories

Dezzerai

“I hadn’t prayed to Jesus in a very long time. Growing up and seeing how hypocritical my family was about it, Jesus offended me. I totally disconnected from God. That night, I was desperate. I called out to Jesus. The next day, an outreach team came!”

God intervened to save Dezzerai and her baby – just in time.

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Alex

“I just remember one night I was sitting in chapel, and they were playing this song. And I don’t know why, but I just started crying. It was the first time I cried in, I think, three years. I was like, ‘God, if this is you trying to tell me something, I don’t understand. I don’t get it.’ Then I got this weird feeling. Everything felt like it was gone. Like a weight was gone. It was easier to breathe… I don’t know how to explain it. Everything just felt different.” That’s when Alex’s life took a different direction.

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Sam

On the run from a dangerous situation and suffering from addiction, Sam turned his life over to the Lord. “God is good and He’s got a good plan,” says Sam. “He didn’t give me an easy blessing. It was hard and it still is today. But it’s been the best one. Life keeps getting better.”

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Debbie

Struggling with depression following the death of her boyfriend, Debbie went from a comfortable home to living in her car in just a few years. Your compassion gave Debbie the tools she needed to break the grip of depression on her life.

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Clarissa

“I told God, ‘I’m old, I’m tired and I ain’t got no run left in me. But if you think I’ve got more, you give me what I need and I’ll do it.’ I didn’t know what He was going to do, but I knew that I needed to find a Christian place where God could put things right.”

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Anna

When Anna came to the Mission, her compounded fines totaled just under $2,400 – an insurmountable debt for someone with little more than a duffel bag to her name. Addicted, unemployed, and in debt, Anna was trapped in more ways than one.

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Angela

After testing positive for COVID-19, Angela couldn’t leave her house and was running out of food. But even if her COVID disappeared tomorrow, she didn’t have the money to afford groceries – let alone all the things her new baby would need. In a frenzy, she began emailing organizations across the Valley looking for help. Thanks to your support, our Case Manager Ceanna responded.

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Robert

“It was rough,” Robert remembers. “I would bounce between Starbucks and fast-food restaurants to stay cool. But then I collapsed one day in front of the library on 46th Street and Thomas. When I opened my eyes, there were paramedics standing over me. They said I was very dehydrated. They told me I was lucky I woke up.”

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Lorenzo

Lorenzo

“My stepfather kicked me out when I was 23-years old. After that I never had a steady home; I was always jumping from place to place, in and out of jail, selling drugs and sleeping out of friends’ garages. I started stealing and even my friends in prison didn’t want to have anything to do with me. My addiction swallowed everything up.”

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Maggi

By the time she was 16, she was hooked on heroin. By 20, she was homeless. By 28, she had lost custody of kids, possessions, and even broken ties to family because of her growing addiction. “I always thought that God had forgotten about me or that He hated me,” Maggi admits. “I was just so done. I knew I needed to do something.”

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Demetria

On one hand, Demetria had an abusive boyfriend who would regularly break her phone to keep her cut off from help. On the other was her daughter, who Demetria felt needed a father. On top of it all, Demetria was addicted. The stress of her situation drove her deeper and deeper into her drug use.

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Shawn

“My stepfather used to beat me up a lot. Then I found out he was hurting my sister. At fourteen, I attacked him.” It was an act that got Shawn sent to juvenile prison. But instead of rehabilitation, the years he spent there only confirmed violence was the answer to life’s problems. As an adult, he found a religion to justify his worldview — one that not only accepted violence, but actively encouraged it.

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