Phoenix Rescue Mission launches annual summer heat relief campaign
PHOENIX (FOX 10) - With triple digits coming, the Phoenix Rescue Mission is launching its seventh annual city-wide Code Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign.
This time of year, Clifford Danley makes sure the Hope Coach is fully stocked.
"We just have our iced down water hygiene kits, a variety of things in here that you know just the practical things that put some dignity back in people's lives," said Clifford Danley.
Giving back is Danley's way of life, ever since the Phoenix Rescue Mission helped him get his life back.
"I was not too long ago, about 14 years ago I was on the streets myself," explained Danley. "Myself and the team of people from the Phoenix Rescue Mission we get great satisfaction of not just helping people but also telling them that we know personally what it's like and that there is a way out, there are pathways out, and there are agencies and people that want to help them and come alongside them to get them where they need to be."
From May 1 to August 31 the Phoenix Rescue Mission is in full Code Red. The nonprofit is partnering with local businesses and municipalities including the cities of Phoenix, Peoria, and Glendale to hand out water, new socks, and other heat relief items to those living on the streets this summer.
Danley is also sharing his story, his faith, and his hope to men and women like Cal.
"How great it is for just all of the sudden cause I've been wondering what I was going to do for them to show up and offer this kind of help it's just amazing," said Cal.
Danley and his crew will drive countless miles making sure those who need it most get help, knowing for himself how much it's appreciated.
"I'm always grateful and here I am 13-14 years later working for them and have been for almost 9 years now," said Danley.
The Mission is asking the public to support its efforts by donating needed items, volunteering time, or providing monetary donations, which will be matched up to $150,000 made possible by a grant from several friends of the Phoenix Rescue Mission.