Phoenix nonprofit rescues nearly 200 people from heat during summer months

Sep 27, 2022, 4:05 AM
(Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)...
(Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)
(Phoenix Rescue Mission Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix nonprofit announced Friday it rescued nearly 200 people from the heat during the 2022 summer.

Phoenix Rescue Mission said it rescued 185 individuals experiencing homelessness during its Code:Red Summer Heat Relief Campaign, which ran from the start of May until the end of August.

“Helping men, women and families living on the streets survive the deadly summer heat in Arizona is always our top priority when the season comes around,” CEO Ken Brissa said in a press release.

“We’re thrilled to say we were able to help so many of our neighbors stay safe and get access to resources they need to help break their cycles of homelessness.”

The nonprofit provided resources, including housing and community programs, to those who needed assistance.

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s outreach vehicles also made contact with people about 10,000 times and distributed 6,500 bags filled with essentials such as sunscreen, hygiene products and socks.

Nearly 700,000 water bottles were also distributed throughout the campaign.

Supplies were donated by churches, businesses and community members.

Several metro Phoenix cities partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission during the campaign.

“There is still much more work to do,” Brissa said. “We will continue to provide life-saving services to the Valley’s most vulnerable populations throughout the year.”

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Phoenix nonprofit rescues nearly 200 people from heat during summer months