Phoenix Rescue Mission

56,252 SF | Mixed Use & Institutional | Phoenix, Arizona

The Phoenix Rescue Mission project is a $9 million, 56,252 SF men’s residence and resource center named the Life Recovery Building. It is the heart of the newly redeveloped Phoenix Rescue Mission campus on south 35th Avenue named the Transforming Lives Center.

The project includes new construction of a 4-story administration and housing building with up to 360 beds, dividable chapel and classroom spaces, expanded meeting spaces, and inviting outdoor spaces.

Cawley Architects and the Mission conceived the building as the cornerstone of their redeveloped campus as a place of hope, healing, and new beginnings for men struggling with homelessness, addiction, and trauma. The Life Recovery Building fosters self-worth and confidence, dignity, new life, and a new path forward for its residents. The brick façade of the building features the emblem of this mission. It contains a large phoenix on a cross, a striking symbol of renewal, hope, and transformation.

As a long-term Christ-centered recovery program, the Life Recovery Building was designed to increase the number of beds from 160 to 360. Rather than a barracks-style configuration, each air-conditioned room accommodates two to four men and includes closet and storage areas as well as study space. The expanded capacity offers more clients transformation opportunities.

Expanded and divisible chapel and classroom spaces permit unlimited personal growth opportunities, including a more structured curriculum, inner-healing classes, foundation classes, life-skill development opportunities, family-relationship counseling, and education assistance. In addition, an inviting outdoor respite area was designed to encourage fellowship and quiet space for solitude and reflection.

This new building and renovation project allows Phoenix Rescue Mission to rescue more people from crisis and place them into a safe, supportive environment that puts them on a path to achieving sustainable, lifelong goals.

Contractor: GCON
Owner: Phoenix Rescue Mission
Interiors: Cawley Design Studio