YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is closing a warehouse on Glenwood Avenue in an effort to streamline services and save money.
Five years ago, the Mission averaged 65 clients a night. Now, it is averaging 130 and serving 630 meals every day. That is up from 273.
“Our resources are strapped and stressed,” said Jim Echement, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley executive director. “We thought four years ago that this might be a blip, but what has happened is it’s sustained.”
The warehouse on Glenwood Avenue is being closed. It was used for clothing donations and household goods, which were distributed to the public.
The warehouse and emergency shelter will combine services utilizing the facility on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
The mission is asking that in-kind donations be limited to non-perishable food and personal hygiene products, plus blankets, pillows and sheets.
The growth in need comes from a significant percentage of the overnight population needing housing, but they have mental or physical issues which makes them incapable of holding a job.They tend to stay at the Mission longer, which means it does not have enough emergency beds.