April 10th. 2010
Arizona Pain Foundation volunteered at the Desert Mission Food Bank. They worked in a warehouse putting together food boxes and meeting folks who came in for help.
Where: Desert Mission Food Bank, www.jcl.com
9229 North 4th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020-2530
Why: One of five Arizonans is now seeking food assistance. We can greatly help by coordinating a food drive from March 1-April 10 and then volunteering to distribute this food at the food bank.
Items donated for the food drive:
- Peanut butter
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned stews
- Canned tuna and salmon
- Powdered milk
- Dried and canned beans
- Breakfast cereal
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Canned soup
- Bar soap
- Toilet paper
- Sanitary napkins and tampons
Thank you for your donations and support to your community.
Volunteering at Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission
The Arizona Pain Foundation’s 2010 event was a great success. More than 25 volunteers traveled from the Phoenix area to Nogales, Arizona. The border town is like many others — plagued by poverty and illness. With the Foundation’s mission in mind — to share the love of God by bringing compassion, healing, and resources to those in need — the volunteers traveled to the border to spend a day working with the poor at the Crossroads Nogales Rescue Mission.
Volunteers were met by staff and mission helpers who quickly listed off a lengthy number of tasks they needed help with. These included preparing lunch for the 100-plus homeless and hungry people they were expecting, removing a faulty air conditioning duct from a church ceiling, tiling seven bathrooms, clearing a nearby field of refuse, and providing medical services to the nearly 200 people who’d heard of the group’s arrival. Volunteers broke into teams accordingly and went to work. Dr. McJunkin and Dr. Som saw more than 170 patients, testing them for blood pressure and taking glucose readings. The air conditioning duct was replaced. The bathroom tiling work was well underway. The lunch team prepared, served, and cleaned up afterward. Volunteers also distributed toys and food items they’d brought for those at the mission. It was a truly successful event and meaningful for all who were involved.
Christmas Party for Refugee Children
December 13, 2010
Arizona Pain Foundation Bringing Smiles To Those Often Neglected
Arizona Pain Specialists, a local pain management clinic, hosted a Christmas party for refugee children at the Arizona Medical Clinic in Phoenix on Sunday, December 13, 2009. The event organizers provided food, games, and gifts for an expected 100 refugee adults and 200 children. Donations of clothing, personal care items, blankets, toys, and other much needed items were handed out to the 300 refugees in attendance.
Many of the children attending the event were refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma). They fled the country when a military coup threatened not only their family’s livelihood but also their lives. Now they are living in the U.S. with few ties to our community. The Arizona Pain Foundation held this event to bring a little holiday cheer into the lives of these displaced children from half a world away.
Circus at the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home
November 14, 2009
The Arizona Pain Foundation hosted a circus at the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home by partnering with the Circus School of Arizona. The Circus School of Arizona has donated their time and expertise to provide entertainment and aerial acrobatic instruction for children. The Sunshine Acres Children’s Home has been a refuge for over 1,600 homeless children since its creation over 17 years ago.
The spirit of giving through community service is a core value of the medical care delivered by Arizona Pain Specialists. Arizona Pain Specialists created the Arizona Pain Foundation and started donations upon the receipt of the physician’s first paycheck in 2007, which immediately allowed for a trip to an orphanage in Sonoyta, Mexico.
A Birthday Party for the Homeless: “Everybody Deserves a Birthday Cake”
Once a year, the Nogales Crossroads Mission throws a birthday party for the poor and homeless of Nogales, where those who normally don’t get a birthday party are celebrated. Participants receive presents and cake.
Located on the border of Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora in Northern Mexico, this mission is incredible in its ability to meet the needs of so many with so little. The Arizona Pain Foundation actively works with this great organization in the ways that we can.
According to their website, this mission fed over 35,000 individuals last year alone. This is all done within the walls of building that is over 90 years old, and with a staff of less than five people on most days. Started by Ben and Bert Wenke in 1995, Crossroads New Life Center meets a host of community needs including the management of four shelters, five programs for men and women, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, holiday meals, bible clubs for children five times a year, and a community lunch program for the poor. They also have a daily church service that is taught by different ministers every day from the community. They provide food, clothing, shelter, spiritual guidance, and protection for anyone who is in need and comes to their door.
Ben Wenke was previously ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, but he states that was “many years ago in my previous life.” In 1995, God called him to Nogales where he lived in the mission with his wife Bert for the first eight years they were in Nogales. Ben says:
“When you’re working with the poor and homeless you quickly lose any allegiance to one denomination or the other. It’s all about doing the work of God, not whether you’re Baptist or Methodist.”