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Support Phoenix Rescue Mission through your online shopping!

June 30, 2011

The Phoenix Rescue Mission has just launched a new fundraising program called the Everyday Buying Program giving you the ability to transform your everyday, online purchasing into money to help the Mission feed, clothe and shelter the homeless year round.

It’sreally very simple: the Mission earns a percentage of the total purchase price of for every item you buy through the merchant links on our Everyday Buying Page.

For example, with just one simple click you can get the things you normally purchase online such as:

  • Music downloads from iTunes or Amazon
  • Paper or other office supplies from Office Depot

Big or small, every purchase helps – so make sure to visit our Everyday Buying Page every time you shop online.

Please click here to give it a try today, and remember

  • No extra cost to you – even sale items or special deals generate donation dollars for the Mission’s Work of Rescue
  • No extra time – it’s only 1 click
  • No registration required or coupon codes to remember

Besure to add our page to your browser’s BOOKMARKS or FAVORITES, and start here every time you shop online. To help us even more, don’t forget to share with your friends through email, Facebook or Twitter! We hope you will share this link with 10 friends to get us started:

In this difficult economy, the Mission must find new ways to generate charitable donations. What those of us who work at the Mission love about this program is that it does not require our donors, supporters or champions to do anything other than click. They don’t give their personal information to any site or feel obligated in any way – they just start their shopping from our Oureward’s home page or “mall.”

Thanks you so much for trying this out. Let me know if you tried it and how it worked!

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April 27, 2011

Working poor families coloring Easter Eggs at Phoenix Rescue MissionMission Plans to Serve 600 meals to the Homeless on Easter Sunday

Phoenix, AZ — The economy has hit the homeless and near-homeless in Phoenix hard. More people are coming to Phoenix Rescue Mission everyday, and more families are being impacted. At the same time, the Mission is facing a critical drop of financial resources as donors reduce their giving because of financial strain.

The Christian community celebrates resurrection and new life each Spring. Phoenix Rescue Mission on Easter Sunday hopes to lift hearts of the poor and homeless in the Valley of the Sun with a hearty meal and gift of love.

The Easter meal can be an opportunity for the homeless to seek renewal. And Phoenix Rescue Mission provides a chance for everyone to participate in the festivities. If trends continue, the Phoenix Rescue Mission will serve 600 homeless men, women and children this Sunday. Volunteers will be serving heaping helpings of ham, eggs, bacon, pastries, hash browns and fruit — not to mention a friendly smile.

“Meals can be the entry point for the homeless to find other services we offer that can help them get off the streets permanently,” said Jerry Sandvig, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission. “Many of our guests are newly homeless — they were not homeless a year ago, but job loss, foreclosures and other economic impacts have resulted in their seeking our services. We know many are looking from a program based on Christian values. In though times we want to provide our guests with a loving, home-like atmosphere.”

Founded in 1952, Phoenix Rescue Mission provides food, shelter, chapel and other services to the homeless and working poor people of metropolitan Phoenix. Hundreds of hot meals are served daily. Showers and clean clothing are offered to anyone in need. 150 beds provide shelter for men nightly. A 12-month, spiritually based, addiction recovery program is available for up to 30 men at one time.

In July, the Phoenix Rescue Mission will expand its addiction recovery services to women and women with children at our new Changing Lives Center for women and children. It was through daily meals that Mission staff noticed a dramatic increase in the numbers of women with children coming to eat in our dining hall and returning to the streets. The Mission is thrilled to dedicate the Center next month and begin accepting families in July.

“We serve meals every day,” said Jerry. “We couldn’t do all we do without the help of our gracious volunteers and generous donors. Financially it is a challenging time for us. We see do many who need help, and we want to give them our best.”

Bottle Water Drive with Starbucks to kick-off Mission Heat Relief efforts

February 28, 2011

I’ll admit the weather these past few days has been more Seattle-like than we Phoenicians are used to, however; it makes it the perfect day to announce our annual water drive with Starbucks officially starts TODAY.  For the next three weeks, local Starbucks will be collecting bottles and cases of water to benefit the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s heat relief program.

When temperatures climb into triple digits, the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope Coach begins providing heat relief to the homeless. Traveling alleyways and under overpasses, the Hope Coach hands out bottled water, sunscreen, clothing, hats and meals to homeless men and women at-risk of dehydration. This early water drive and partnership with Starbucks allows us to collect bottled water to begin heat relief efforts on May 1, 2011. 

The drive runs from February 28 to March 22, 2011. Donating is as easy as ordering a Venti-half-caf-tripple-shot-mocha-latte. Just bring a case of bottled water, any brand or size will do, into a participating Starbucks (the list of stores is below) or simply purchase a bottle of Ethos water and place it in the basket by the register.

The last day of the drive will culminate into the annual Walk for Water on World Water Day. Starbucks will host the event at Arcadia Park on March 22, 2011 benefiting Hope for Kids and Phoenix Rescue Mission. This is a great event and Phoenix Rescue Mission will be out there collecting cases of water. I will be posting more information on the Walk soon.

The following locations are participating in the water drive: 

          Litchfield & McDowell, Phoenix
          Bell & Grand, Surprise
          Indian School & 107 Ave, Phoenix
          99th Avenue & Camelback, Phoenix
          99th Ave. & Bell, Sun City
           Bell & Brookside, Surprise
           Grand & Reems, Surprise
           Dysart & McDowell, Good Year
           Dysart & Camelback, Phoenix
            59th & Thunderbird, Phoenix
            31st & Peoria, Phoenix
            75th Avenue & Thurderbird, Phoenix
            Mc Dowell & 99th, Avondale
            59th & Union Hills, Glendale
            43rd Avenue & Thunderbird, Glendale
            115th Ave. & Buckeye, Avondale
            75th Ave. & McDowell, Phoenix
            67th Ave. & Peoria, Glendale
            91st. Avenue & Thomas, Glendale
            99th Ave & Lower Buckeye, Avondale
            Scottsdale Town Center
            Tatum & Shea, Scottsdale
            Scottsdale & Indian Bend, Scottsdale
            Paradise Valley Mall, Phoenix
            Hilton Village
            Tatum & Loop 101, Phoenix
            Scottsdale & Ashler Hills Dr., Scottsdale
            48th & Carefree Hwy, N., Phoenix
            Frank Lloyd Wright & Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
            Tatum & Rose Garden, Phoenix
            71st St. & Shea, Scottsdale
            Hayden & Thompson Peak, Scottsdale
            40th Street & Greenway, Phoenix
            Scottsdale & Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale
            Tatum & Thunderbird, Phoenix
            Loop 101 & Beardsley, Phoenix
            Tatum & Bell, Phoenix
            92nd & Shea, Scottsdale
            7th & Thunderbird, Phoenix
            39th & Pinnacle Peak, Phoenix
            Pima & Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale
            3rd Street & Bell Rd, Phoenix
            32nd Street & Bell Rd, Phoenix
            7th Street & Bell, Phoenix
            Dobson & Chandler
            Alma School & Elliot Rd
            Chandler & Price Road,
            Queen Creek & Alma School
            McClintock & Ray, Chandler
            Chandler & Kyrene, Chandler
            Dobson & Warner, Chandler
            46th & Chandler
            Arizona Ave & Loop 202,
            Florence & Peart, Casa
            Chandler Heights & Gilbert
            Ray Road & Loop 101, Chandler
            University & Hardy, Tempe
            Mill & 5th Avenue, Tempe
            Guadalupe & McClintock, Tempe
            Arizona Mills
            Rural & Baseline – Tempe
            54th St. & Ray Rd., Chandler
            Priest & Washington, Tempe
            Elliot & Priest, Tempe
            24th St & Baseline, Phoenix
            Scottsdale & McKellips, Scottsdale
            McClintock & Southern, Tempe
            Rural & Loop 202, TempeIf you have any question, please contact Nicole Pena at

Update on Bicycle Fixing program at the Phoenix Rescue Mission

February 8, 2011

Update from the Wrenchmen Bicycle Ministry 

 After listening to a quick spot on the radio in late April 2010 about a Christian-based organization in Sacramento, CA, Cycles 4 Hope, that performs basic bike maintenance for their local homeless, I prayed.  I then researched, e-mailed the organization, discussed with my wife, Sabine, and continued to pray.

I grew up poor with my mother and two older sisters.  As a child, I personally witnessed my mom’s faith in Christ as we always had our daily needs met in one way or another.  We laughed together and we cried together.  I once heard someone say that a person’s greatest hurt can become their greatest ministry – all to glorify Christ!

I was called to serve the poor – that is where God put my heart.

In August 2010, James Visser, Chuck Hendrickson Jr, and myself combined resources (bike tools, parts, experience) and drove to a local homeless shelter, Phoenix Rescue Mission, to help fix the bikes of the homeless.

I was not in my “comfort zone” and did not know what to expect.

Shawn Holliday, founder of Cycles 4 Hope, warned me about fixing the grip-shifters on bikes – he said that they were tricky.  I prayed to God that this first time out to serve He would guide us the easy fixes to let me ease into this new ministry.  We set up our tools and checked in some bikes.  The first bike that we checked in:  grip shifters!  “Ok, I’ve got a sense of humor, too – let’s get to work.”

I fumbled with that thing for about five or ten minutes until I realized that the owner of the bike was sitting there silently watching me struggle.  I was frustrated and annoyed until I realized that, yes, we came with all sorts of bike tools, and all sorts of bike parts, and my fellow Wrenchmen, but we did not come for the bikes – we came to build relationships with these men – we came to be used by the Holy Spirit – to do God’s work, not ours.  I started chatting with this gentleman, Russell, and the Spirit did eventually lead the conversation to Christ.  It was amazing!

We now outreach at the Mission on the third Saturday of each month from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  We hold bike collection days the Sunday just before the outreach and we try to fix up as many donations as we can in time to give them away that Saturday.  From August through December of 2010, we gave away 7 completed bikes and repaired 67 bikes at the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

Some of these guys are pretty rough around the edges but when you hand them back their bike after being repaired and you ask them to take it for a test spin to see if everything is alright, their faces light up and you can see hope in their eyes.

Our hopes for 2011 are to get more people to come serve with us at least once this year.  Even if they don’t know how to change a bike tube, we will teach it all to them at the Mission.  It’s a “Basic Bike Maintenance – On-the-Job Training – Demonstration of God’s Love!”

Stephen Patterson,
Passage’s chief Wrenchman

Sleepless Arizona 2011 – Fight Homelessness with the Phoenix Rescue Mission!

February 1, 2011
Register now at!

Have you ever asked yourself, ‘what can I do to help the homeless in Arizona?’Similar to a Walkathon, participants in Sleepless Arizona collect sponsorship donations from friends and family. Visit to start the registration process. The $25 registration fee can even be sponsored by friends and family.

February 26 – 27, 2011 
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix (Northwest Soccer Field)
3300 W. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85017

Saturday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Sleeper Registration and food packing events
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Stage Show featuring live music by Abandon (@Abandonrock); Wavorly (@Wavorly); Mesa band White As Wool; and local singer/song writer Brian Weaver.
10 p.m. to Midnight – Movie about homelessness

Sunday: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. – wake up and departure

What does homelessness look like? Usually we think of homelessness as a man lying on a cardboard box. You may think of a bag lady pushing a shopping cart. What about a family sleeping in their car? Could the man bagging your groceries who sleeps on a friend’s couch meet the definition of homelessness? Homelessness does not discriminate – it affects more people than any of us realize.

In Arizona homelessness continues to climb, with 14,677 people reported homeless, according to a 2009 Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness survey. The statistic highlights the growing problem of homelessness in the state, which is up by more than 1,500 people in the last year alone. The current economic climate requires the Phoenix Rescue Mission to serve more people with fewer resources. But you can help change that by participating in the first annual Sleepless Arizona camp out.

Please help end homelessness in Arizona and Join us for a night that will leave you Sleepless!

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s first annual Sleepless Arizona is your chance to be part of the solution.
The event will feature education about the state of homelessness in Arizona; a huge packing event to pack 10,000 meals courtsey of Stop Hunger Now;  inspirational testimony from Brenda Combs, a FORMER homeless, drug addict who is now earning her doctorate degree ; live music featuring Abandon and Wavorly and you get to sleep out under the stars in your own cardboard “abode”. 

Our Prayer for you in the New Year

January 31, 2011

 As we embark upon a new year filled with opportunity at Phoenix Rescue Mission I wanted to share with you our prayer for you this New Year—

May God keep you each year through
And give you all the faith it takes
To make your dreams come true…

May His love and wisdom always help
To guide you on your way
To bless this special day

Thank you for your support of the homeless, hurting and hopeless throughout our community. Your prayers and support help open the door to God’s love!
Peace and joy,
Jerry D. Sandvig
President and CEO
Phoenix Rescue Mission

Rescue Mission’s Goal – 55,000 hot meals in January

January 26, 2011

We urgently need your help to provide 55,000 hot meals by January 31. Each meal, $1.92


Some things never change.

It’s a new year. But there’s nothing new about hunger. It hurts. And it drives people to our doors for a meal.

In January alone, Phoenix Rescue Mission will provide at least 55,000 hot, nutritious meals. We need your help today!

After the busy holiday season, we’re scrambling to replenish our pantry. With every $1.92 you donate, we can provide a hearty meal for someone in the Phoenix area who would otherwise have nothing to eat…again.

We really need your help now to make a difference. For people who are hungry and homeless, it’s about the meal—which is often the first step to a new life.

Thanks for your generous response today. May God continue to bless you!

Peace and Joy,

Jerry Sandvig,

President and CEO,
Phoenix Rescue Mission