The Rescue Mission has officially begun the construction process of a brand new facility in downtown Fort Wayne.
Community and business leaders gathered Tuesday morning at the site of the new Rescue Mission at 404 E. Washington Blvd. for a special groundbreaking ceremony.
“Today being the day for the groundbreaking, brings a lot of excitement and anticipation as we move towards summer 2020,” said Pastor Donovan Coley, Rescue Mission CEO and Senior Pastor.
The current Superior Street location is only about 25,000 square feet. The new facility will have a much larger footprint with 80,000 square feet, allowing the charitable organization to serve significantly more people in the community.
“It is not just a shelter,” Coley said. “I’ve said so many times that we’re not building a bigger barn. We’re building a place of safety, a sanctuary for the poor and the homeless, so as to provide them with the tools and everything they need so as to be self-sufficient or interdependent in our community.”
The increase in size will allow the Rescue Mission to nearly triple its housing capacity to 325 beds, once the entire project is finished.
The nonprofit organization has been planning and raising funds for three years to get to this point.
So far, the “City on a Hill Capital Campaign,” has raised more than $18 million of the $23.1 million goal through private and business donations.
Now the Rescue Mission is asking for the public’s help close the gap.
“We’re going to our community, and by the grace of God and the generosity of our community, we’re looking for $3 million between now and summer 2020,” Coley said.
The new facility is expected to open next summer.
It’ll feature a modern design, with second-floor terrace, a parking lot, gathering and meeting rooms, and a media center.
If you want to learn more about the services the Rescue Mission provides, or donate to its capital campaign, click here.