“We're all here just to help out in the community,” said Johnny Albarez, who was one of 60 Home Depot volunteers getting dirty Saturday in order to clean up a building that serves the homeless and other community members. "It's amazing. ... You can see everybody helping each other out. ... This is what it's supposed to be like.”
The mission's warehouse currently stores a large number of pallets of water as well as clothing and other essentials for the homeless and the poor.
Recent storms damaged donation bins and caused some structural problems. Along with having the storm damage repaired and the vandalized exterior cleaned up, the warehouse must undergo extensive renovations to ensure a safe environment for volunteers, staff and the community members who visit.
“They came out on their Saturday when they could be sleeping in or just enjoying their life with their family, and so they gave up that time to come and help us in our warehouse, help us reorganize so that we can be a better resource to the community,” said Gail Engstrom with the Phoenix Rescue Mission.
“It feels real good for everybody just to help somebody without getting paid, without trying to make yourself look good in front of somebody," Albarez said. "To do it out of the kindness of your heart, it feels real good."