In a few months a locally produced song will be heard on television and radio stations in the Fort Wayne area. It’s called “More Hands” and dozens of people put it together to help the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission raise money to build a new headquarters at the corner of Lafayette and Washington.
Local music producer Gralan Early created the musical campaign. He said he was compelled to help for personal reasons. “I had been homeless when I was younger,” said Early. “I’ve lived at the Salvation Army. I’ve lived in homeless shelters with my brothers and sisters and with my mom. I could relate.”
Early enlisted the help of others like fellow music producer Gordon Martin. “I wrote all the music,” said Martin. “I used themes that the Mission used in their various campaigns and wove them into the song. The words are simple. We need more hands, we need more hearts, we need more love.”
The song will help the Rescue Mission launch its public fundraising campaign. “There was a lot of studio work involved,” said Martin. “Actually there are more than 30 people singing on this song.”
“In one sense it’s like the song We are the World,” said Pastor Donovan Coley, executive director of the Rescue Mission. “It is really calling the community to action. The song brings the community together and it is a rally cry that the Rescue Mission needs your help because we need more beds. We need to be able to serve people with dignity.”
The need comes with a high price tag. “Our plan is to raise close to $21 million dollars for the first phase of this capital campaign” said Coley. “We are close to $15 million from major donors. We’re hoping the public campaign will fund the rest. So sometime in October our plan is to launch the public phase for the capital campaign. The very time we launch the public phase is when we will also do the groundbreaking.”
The new mission will be located at the corner of Lafayette and Washington. The four story building will triple the size of the current location at 301 West Superior Street and have nearly 300 beds. Coley said once construction begins in October, it will take about a year and half to complete.
“Then we’re going to be moving in come Easter or April 2020. That is the plan,” said Coley.
“We really need to do something for this cause because there are a lot of homeless men and women and children in Fort Wayne and they need our help.
You can contact the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission for more information on the capital campaign for the new headquarters by calling (260) 426-7357 or going to the Mission’s website.