Walk Starts Water Campaign Off On the Right Foot

Over a hundred folks came down to Starbucks v2v World Water Day Walk on Saturday, bringing enough water to assist 6,378 homeless people and enough donations to build a well for Water for Kids. With that many bottles of water coming in, Starbucks more than met their goal of doubling last year's donation to the Mission.

For Phoenix Rescue Mission, this walk was the kick-off for a long season of preventing dehydration and possible deaths among the homeless population in partnership with the City of Phoenix Heat Relief Network

Said the Mission's Nicole Peña, "It was fun. After doing the four mile walk myself, I realized how far that is just to collect drinking water every day."

The bottled water collected from the walk and from collection points at valley-wide Starbucks locations will be distributed by Phoenix Rescue Mission's Hope Coach as Phoenix starts to heat up. The Hope Coach travels throughout the city every day providing water, packed lunches, toiletry kits and during the summer months, light colored clothing and sunscreen to homeless people.

We'd like to thank Starbucks for their continued support of the Mission and to thank all of Saturday's walkers for putting themselves in someone else's shoes.

If you'd like to assist us with items for the Hope Coach please visit the Get Involved section of our website or to donate water click here.

Can Madness!

Thank you to NorthShore Student Ministries for holding their “Can Madness” food drive for Phoenix Rescue Mission. Together, they were able to collect nearly 300 cans of food for our food pantry and personal care items we give to those on the streets in our Hope Totes. These donations are more than just a can of food or a bottle of shampoo, they are a chance to connect and reach out to someone in need.

We make it easy to do a food drive with your group of family, friends or coworkers by providing boxes, lists of needs and we even do pick-ups. Contact Marlena at mpadron@phoenixrescuemission.org if you’d like to start collecting for us today.

Elderly Food Box Program Needs Your Help

c.a.r.e. elderly food box program

The elderly are among the most vulnerable in our community and sadly, they are often isolated by disabilities and poverty.

My own grandmothers have a network of family to check in on them and bring them whatever they need, but what if they didn’t? Who looks in on seniors who have no one left and no longer can drive or provide for themselves?

Unfortunately, no one was there to look in on the 50 home-bound seniors who died last summer due to dehydration in Phoenix (according to the Arizona Department of Health Services). As a response to this tragic statistic, Phoenix Rescue Mission partnered with St. Mary’s Food Bank to implement an Elderly Food Box Program we call, C.A.R.E.

C.A.R.E. (Care And Reaching-out to the Elderly) provides nutritious food and companionship to the elderly through a team of compassionate, trained volunteers who deliver food boxes, provide critical wellness checks and connect our elderly participants with community resources.

Here’s where you come in… We need your help locating more elderly men and women who would benefit from our program. Maybe you know someone in your church or neighborhood who would meet our qualifications:  They must be 55 years of age or older and disabled (mentally or physically) or unable to leave their home and receive a monthly income of less than $1,400 in order to participate.

If you know someone who meets these qualifications, or if you’re interested in volunteering to deliver food and spend time with our seniors, please contact Sharon Phillips, C.A.R.E. Program Administrator, at s.phillips@phoenixrescuemission.org.

You can also visit our www.phoenixrescuemission.org for more information.

New Family Outreach Donation Center Opens

Last month alone, Phoenix Rescue Mission distributed 4,197 emergency food boxes to working poor families from a waiting room designed to hold 20 people at a time.

We knew we had outgrown our location with more families coming to us in need, less space to serve them and very little storage left to house the food, clothing and baby supplies they needed.

That’s why we’re excited to open the doors to our new Family Outreach Donation Center today.

The new center allows us to handle the increased demand (as seen in our video) for emergency food boxes and serves as a donation center for canned goods, clothing and gently used items. We're also happy to now have more than enough space for our Volunteers to pack food and sort clothing for our new on-site clothing closet.

If you have items you’ve outgrown or no longer need, please consider passing them along to someone who could use them. Canned goods are always needed and appreciated too. Contact Beth at bmebane@phoenixrescuemission.org or visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org for more information. You can find the new center at:

Family Outreach Donation Center
3532 W Thomas Rd, Suite 9
Phoenix, AZ 85019

Back to School Drop Off Deadline Extended

Back To School Donations

It's not too late to help inner city kids in our Back to School program because we've extended our drop off deadline to Wednesday, July 29th!

This year, Back to School will provide 1,200 boys and girls with backpacks full of supplies as well as uniforms and shoes to make the first day back to class a good one. The uniforms and supplies are rolling in, but our biggest need is the actual backpacks.

As of today, we're still short 650 backpacks and our distribution event on August 1st is just a few weeks away. We are fortunate to partner with M&I Bank and Scottsdale Bible Church, who are both collecting backpacks at their drop off sites to help us meet our goal.

If you'd like to donate backpacks, you can drop them off at:

Scottsdale Bible Church
7601 Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
PRM Truck in South Parking Lot
Sunday, July 26th, 7:30AM– 12:00PM

M&I Bank Sunnyslope
9050 North 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Now through July 29th
Check www.mibank.com for branch hours

Phoenix Rescue Mission
Family Outreach Center
1468 North 26th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Now through July 29th
Monday through Saturday, 8:30AM – 4:00PM

Find out more about Back to School on our Website.