| “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~Luke 6:38
If you give a gift to the Phoenix Rescue Mission by December 31, 2018, it may be given right back to you after you file your Arizona State taxes.
Through the Arizona State Charitable Tax Credit also known as the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit, you can give a tax-free gift and help provide meals and care to those who are hungry and homeless in our community. If you itemize your tax return, your donation to Phoenix Rescue Mission may qualify you for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Just donate to the Mission before December 31, 2018 and use our Qualifying Charitable Organization QCO Code 20549. The Phoenix Rescue Mission will send you a receipt of your gift by mail. Then, when you file your Arizona States tax return, you can receive a tax credit of up to $800 when filing a joint return or $400 when filing an individual return (using form 321)*. Best of all, you will be helping to feed and clothe men, women and children who rely on the Mission’s services to make ends meet.
Your end-of-year gift will help us close the gap on the unprecedented demand for our services. Would you please make an online gift today? If you have already donated, please share this with a friend so they too can take advantage of the Charitable Tax Credit.
As 2018 comes to a close, we humbly thank you for your faithful support of those we serve at the Phoenix Rescue Mission. Your generosity is helping change lives year-round!
Peace and Joy,
* Please visit Arizona Department of Revenue for more information and seek the advice of a tax professional to determine if you qualify.
One evening, just a couple months ago, Jeff was walking near the downtown ASU Extension campus and before he knew it, he was attacked by several men and a woman. In an attempt to steal his backpack, they kicked him, hit him with a bat, tried to stab him and left him in a pool of blood, unconscious with multiple injuries. The following two weeks were spent in the hospital and when he was released, he was put in a cab and sent to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
As part of our mission to rescue lives, to save lives, change lives and serve lives, our staff began to minister to his physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Seeds of hope and promise of a future are being planted in Jeff through our hospitality.
Jeff found himself on the streets of Phoenix after coming here from Seattle to help his sister through a bitter divorce. But alcohol, drugs and rage caused him to lose favor with his family and he was forced to leave his sister’s home.
When he came to the Mission, he put his head down, followed the rules and reflected on what had gone wrong in his life. Then he missed curfew and his bed was given to another. A week later he returned determined to work through the demons of destruction that had brought him to this point.
Jeff enjoys the security the Mission provides and says “it provides a buffer from the street.” While he sometimes feels embarrassed to be staying at the Mission, he is grateful that he has a safe place to sleep at night.
Further he says, “I really like the chapel services. They help and for the past two days I have been starting to pray on my own.”
Jeff believes “all this crazy stuff” happened for a reason. “I am here for a reason,” he says. “This is where I am supposed to be; this is a chance to move up. Another thing I like about this place is that it gives me time to think, to clear my mind and to pray.”
Jeff is at a major turning point in his life. He is discovering that peace comes from Jesus Christ. He is examining his faith and he is talking to God. He is discovering the satisfaction of serving others. Day by day we have the privilege of planting seeds of hope and seeing him grow and become whole.
Jesus talks about this in Luke 13 where he tells the story of the farmer planting seed. Some, he says, “fell along the path…some fell on rocky places…some among thorns…some fell on good soil…” In Jeff’s case the seed has fallen on good soil and it is beginning to grow and will “bring forth fruit” as we help him.
Todd's Enterprises, Inc. in Phoenix knows what it takes to feed hungry people. For four decades Todd's has provided high quality soups, sauces, salad dressings and a variety of other fine food products to luxury hotels, national chain restaurants, grocery stores, health care facilities, schools and universities. Now, through a grant from their parent corporation Heinz, Todd's employees chose to feed the homeless by sponsoring more than 4,500 meals at the Phoenix Rescue Mission dining room this Fall. Phoenix Rescue Mission estimates that each meal it serves costs $1.92.
Todd's graciously chose to support the Mission's Early Bird program, where businesses, churches and individual donors can cover the cost of meals in the month's leading up to our annual Thanksgiving Banquet.
Todd's warehouse sits approximately two miles west of the Phoenix Rescue Mission shelter. The Mission is thankful to have neighbors like Todd's who care about the homeless and the hopeless and offer their support. The mantra of the Mission is: "Hope Starts with a Meal". Todd's has certainly served up stock pots full of hope.
Now that Phoenix highs are firmly in the 115 degree range, it seems the perfect time to share this list from End Homelessness blogger, Becky Blanton. Becky knows a great deal about surviving in the heat - she herself was part of the "working homeless" and lived in a van in Denver, Colorado for over a year. She now has over 20 years as a journalist and is a speaker on homelessness. Here are her tips:
- Frozen bottled water. Try to freeze (not just chill) bottled water before handing it out. The ice will melt slowly for drinking, but can also be used for general cooling. Freezing the bottles will provide a cold source that people can hold to their heads or necks or between their wrists.
- Water bottles. Consider handing out reusable, durable water bottles that can be refilled from public water sources.
- Sunglasses. Project Care in Daytona Beach recently gave out 300 pairs of sunglasses to the homeless. Consider doing likewise. To be effective, Prevent Blindness America says glasses should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
- Hats. Baseball hats, straw hats, anything-with-a-brim hats. This keeps the sun off the face and out of the eyes.
- Wearable umbrellas. They may be a gimmick of beach-going tourists, but umbrella hats (as cheap as 72 cents each if bought in bulk) are a great way to keep sun off of kids and adults alike, although children may be more willing to wear them.
- Bandanas. Dipped in water and draped around the neck or head, these can bring down temperatures significantly. Groups can make their own cooling bandanas to hand out to the homeless. All it takes is cotton fabric, basic sewing skills and this pattern. When dipped in cold water, the cooling bandana will provide long-term relief and can be reused again and again.
- Personal fans with spray attachments. Handheld battery-operated fans with a spray bottle attached for misting water are an excellent way to cool off quickly. If you can, supply extra batteries too.
- Sunscreen. Great idea, but don't give away that bottle you barely used last year. Sunscreen's protective ingredients expire after 12 months. Don't be cheap. Buy new bottles. The average adult needs about a shot glass worth of sunscreen per day in the sun to stay totally protected.
- Zinc oxide ointment. This will keep lips and noses from burning and is much easier to carry and apply than sunscreen.
If you would like to help homeless people in Phoenix, check out our website or drop off any of the items Becky has listed at our Family Outreach Center. You may also refer people to respite and cooling stations with this brochure . Read more of Becky's blog here.
I had the privledge of meeting Tom Murray at our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in April. He was our featured speaker and when he took his place behind the podium in his suit and tie, I had no idea how powerful the story he was about to share with us would be. Here in his own words, is Tom's story of homelessness and hope.
"I lived in Phoenix many years, and for the most part, I lived on the streets in central Phoenix. I had jobs and then I had months of no jobs and homelessness. I used to sleep in the bushes along I-17 near Grant Street in the years before I first went to the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
Those years were mostly awful. When I finally went to the Mission in October 2001, I was seriously ill (I didn't know it) and in fact, I laid on a piece of cardboard for several days outside the gate of the Mission - I was just too sick and tired to get up. I had what you might call a life changing experience before I went to the Mission.
I had a heart attack and underwent several heart surgeries while I lived at the Mission and I remember Jerry Sandvig coming to lead Bible studies when I was not able to get out of my bed. What a blessing Jerry and everyone at the Mission were to me, and are now to many people.
I am school in Kansas City now, completing my doctorate degree and I will be a Doctor of Chiropractic next year. I plan on returning to Phoenix to help Jerry and everyone else at the Mission.