PHOENIX - Chaplain Cliff Danley and his crew at the Phoenix Rescue Mission filled their van with water, lunches and hygiene kits and hit the streets on Friday.
Not far from big banks, government buildings and a major league baseball field, Danley warned us, “It’s going to look like a refugee camp.”
About a dozen tents were scattered near an underpass south of downtown Phoenix.
Among the people staying there was 19-year-old Devon Slay.
“I aged out of Child Protective Services at age 18,” Slay said. “I was in protective custody from the age of three up. I’ve been in and out of institutions my whole life and now I’m in a drug-infested world.”
Slay told ABC15 he’s addicted to meth and not yet ready to quit.
Danley said he can relate – he’s a former meth addict who ended up homeless.
“It’s sort of like an epiphany. Something has to come to them, to dawn on them, but he’s not hopeless,” Danley said.
Last year more than 100 people in the Valley died from heat-related conditions.
This summer, the Phoenix Rescue Mission will hand out hundreds of thousands of water bottles.
They are in need of donations and other items throughout the summer.
You can drop off water from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the Mission’s warehouse at 1468 N. 26th Avenue in Phoenix.
You can get more information by calling 602-233-3000.
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