Phil Hissom grew up in West Virginia and was actively involved in the Rescue Mission that his parents ran. He ended up having his own battle with addictions that he struggled with for over ten years. Eventually his friends challenged him and said that unless he began to serve others he was going to die. When he began to serve he began to change and now the idea of inviting those you serve to serve with you is one of the foundations for the non-profit ministry that Phil runs today called the Polis Institute. Phil works with the poor in a distressed community in Orlando, FL called the Parramore District.