YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday was a big day for the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.
Supporters of a plan to build the new Rescue Mission are literally asking folks to get on the bus to help pay for it.
Thursday morning, board members, directors, and others showed off the site near Erie Street on Youngstown’s south side. The plan includes building a new $10 million shelter to replace the one now being used on the city’s lower north side.
“If we begin construction, at least moving dirt here in the fall, we will be able to complete and move in next year at the same time we celebrate our 125th anniversary,” said Jim Echement, CFRE, Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley.
Directors said over the last 10 years, they’ve seen their average nightly use rise from about 65 a night to over 130 now. As such, they say the new building is a necessity.
“Our numbers are steadily over 115 per night. Men, women, children, and that is a combination of people who are first-time clients and people who are, unfortunately, stuck in a cycle of addiction,” said Brad Weber, staff member and former Rescue Mission client.
The new mission facility would be able to shelter 200 clients per night, with provisions for several hundred more in an emergency.
The next step will be to raise roughly $3 million that would be used to go along with the tax credits that directors are hoping to land later this year. Thursday, a large step in the fundraising effort was made with a $100,000 donation from the Neckerman Foundation.
“I don’t expect everybody to come up with $100,000. If we can get $25 here and $25 there, we are going to get it,” said Shorty Navarro, project donor.