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


“I was living a life of lies. I hadn’t seen my daughter in years, and I was strung out on drugs, I had nothing to my name.” In the midst of his despair, Brian got a message from an old friend that would change his life forever.

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My answer to everything was to party and smoke marijuana. I found some friends that introduced me to harder drugs and I was addicted.” Shortly after, our home became foreclosed, I was back to being homeless and was on and off the streets, in jail or doing drugs. Each time I was released from jail, there it was – the Hope Coach. You could say, at that point, it was the only consistent thing in my life. It made an impression, and ultimately changed my life forever.

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Miranda was sitting at a bus stop, homeless, addicted and suicidal, when a stranger handed her something that changed her life. “I quit my job, started using meth heavily and became homeless.” When she arrived at our gates in January of 2017, Miranda was 100 pounds underweight. Thanks to your loving support, we were able to give her food, a bed and a chance to start over.

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Before I came to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, my life was on a crash course to prison or death. I was living on the streets sleeping wherever I could always searching for that next high doing whatever I could do to get it including shoplifting anywhere I went. I was putting my worth in a man that saw no worth in me, and was heading down the same road but even worse. After dealing with several legal issues, an a inpatient program that only lead me to relapsing 7 hours after I left, a probation officer who truly believed in me and Gods amazing plan for me is how I ended up here at the Changing Lives Center.

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Bob has never been afraid of hard work. He’s been an electrician, he’s owned his own transportation business and later, formed his own consulting firm. After a large contract fell through, he and his family were forced to give up their home. Suddenly Bob was afraid, and now unemployed. Shortly after, he and his family were forced to give up their home. On moving day, his worst fear realized, he was nont a part of the family’s moving plans. As he watched the truck drive away, Bob, the once solid rock of his family, crumpled.

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Gabe was found abandoned on the steps of a police station, his umbilical cord freshly cut. At 15 he discovered meth. Life took a turn when he was arrested and sent to Tent City for possession of a large amount of methamphetamine. When inside, Gabe was invited to the Phoenix Rescue Mission when his sentence was up. He wasn’t prepared for what he would find. “Something greater than me has given me a whole new outlook. It’s changed me.”

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Homeless, unemployed, addicted, depressed, and hopeless. Seanna found herself living out of her car with her two sons. “I was using drugs, stealing, and in a never ending cycle of hopelessness.” Today, the darkness is gone, replaced by an inner light and a radiant smile that welcomes guests at Mission Possible Cafe.

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“I was standing on the corner near I-17 and Durango, holding my cardboard sign, when a police car pulled up next to me.” At the time, Billy had spent a combined 13 years homeless here in Arizona throughout the U.S. After this encounter with this officer, Billy signed up for our Recovery Program and never looked back.

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Brandon dropped out of high school, and began pursuing drugs to get the money that gave him a sense of self-worth. Brandon soon became addicted and homeless with nothing to his name. Today, Brandon has found a new family, a new path to walk and a hope to live by.

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Tyler, an atheist with a 16-year opioid addiction, found himself collapsed in front of the very same place he had once been punished as a child for attending – a church. Today he’s sober, has his own three bedroom home and loves his new job. “I’m very happy doing what I do here – giving back. My goal is to stay in ministry and go back to school to become a counselor.

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By the time she Tiffany was 16, she was involved with an emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend. She started using drugs to cope, and by 21, things had spiraled so far out of her control that Tiffany gave up. Instead of going to prison, Tiffany made the decision to come to the Phoenix Rescue Mission. A decision that would change her life forever.

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Noora had found herself, “at a point of desperation” after being in a domestic abuse relationship. After a number of days of searching for a safe place for her and her daughters, God provided her the path she needed. A path that she was not only happy to take, but one that would carry more benefits then she knew at the time.

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