Today we’d like to introduce you to Guy and Joanne Penns. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Heaven’s Healing Hands was formed in September of 2017 by Guy & Joanne Penns.
The organization was driven by our passion to serve the people of God.
We would leave our faith-based service at Kingdom in The Valley Christian Church under Pastors Reginald & Kelly Steele.
After seeing the number of homeless people in the Sunny Slope area increasing weekly, it was so alarming, so we decided to take action, starting with buying 200 sandwiches from a local fast-food restaurant and the same number of bottles of water.
We would serve people from the Sunny Slope neighborhood to the Human Services Campus / CASS in downtown Phoenix on a weekly basis.
So the organization was birthed.
Heaven’s Healing Hands (We are Servants to the Homeless)
Heaven’s Healing Hands vision is Restoring Dignity to Veterans, Transforming Homelessness, Bridging Services & Creating Hope.
Heaven’s Healing Hands mission is to Move People from Homelessness to Wholeness.
Our mission’s focus is to provide a mobile shower service, this would provide our unhoused neighbors with a shower approx 12,000 per year meeting them where they are.
Many people who experience homeless lose that familial and communal support, so having this service would be essential to the physical and mental health of the individuals and families in the community.
So while we are actively fundraising money to purchase these mobile shower units to serve this community.
In response to this problem, Heaven’s Healing Hands is building advocacy and reintegration services through our community outreach events serving Veterans and people experiencing homelessness through our monthly Pop- up Village services in the cities of Phoenix, Peoria, and Glendale which to date we have had the opportunity to serve over 24,083 people.
This service component promotes healthy giving focused on personal development and self-empowerment.
Our community coalition member support is initiated while fostering participant independence at all times.
By working directly with St Vincent De Paul and our other coalition partners and community support organizations.
The individuals experiencing homelessness allow our team to assist them in building a reintegration solution plan benefiting our unhoused neighbors who need to access essential services in the Phoenix metropolitan community with Temporary and Permanent Housing, Medical services, SMI and Co-occurring disorders.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Our continuing challenge for our organization in providing this essential service has been sharing the important information with the general public.
The actual number of the unhoused in Phoenix is now at 60,000 people and growing while providing the community with awareness regarding the daily struggles of men/women and families without shelter and the basic necessities for health and wellness.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I currently work in public safety and my wife is retired
We are proud to have had the opportunity to share this service over one thousand other volunteers that have supported this community with us in 2019 with 6,000 volunteer hours.
That we have continued to serve others even during the covid#19 pandemic with food insecurities, Heavens Healing Hands assisted in placing 57 people in temporary housing and 46 people in permanent housing.
We have provided 275 families with 1,542 food boxes from Jan- July of 2021 and 405 volunteers attended our pop-up villages in this same time frame.
We look forward to doing more Kingdom work for the next six months.
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The lesson that we have learned in providing this essential service is to never give up on the purpose that God has intended for your life.
We have had people close doors on us for wanting to serve the unhoused and said that we can no longer serve them here!
Others ask why would we even want to serve them.
The best answer is Jesus did it, so more of him and less of ourselves.
The daily struggle for our unhoused neighbors is life and death. The fact that people fall down doesn’t mean that they won’t or don’t get back up!
Most Americans are 2 to 4 weeks away from being homeless. Just two paychecks away!!!!!!!
We have met and encountered people from all walks of life, varying degrees of education and professions, ages from babies seven months to 7 yrs living in cars with their parents, to 85 years old women that her grandchild took out a second mortgage on her home returned to California and left the grandmother homeless.
The bible says in Matthew 25:35-36
I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a strange and you welcomed me in.
I needed clothes and you provided clothed me.
I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you visited me.
- Mobile Shower Trailer cost $ 66,000
- 3 Balanced meals $30.00 per day
- Respect and a kind word $ 0.00 priceless
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: heavenshealinghandsphx.org
- Instagram: heavens_healinghandsphx
- Facebook: Heavens Healing Hands
- Youtube: Heavens Healing Hands
HEAVENS HEALING HANDS Guy & Joanne Penns