Lutheran Foundation gives $1.5 million to Rescue Mission
A gift of $1.5 million described as perhaps the largest in the last 15 to 20 years of The Lutheran Foundation’s history will get construction of the new men’s shelter of The Rescue Mission off the ground in upcoming weeks.
At a news conference this morning, Donovan Coley, the mission’s senior pastor and chief executive officer, said the money from the Fort Wayne faith-based foundation would allow groundbreaking and initial work to begin in the spring.
The mission plans a four-story facility for homeless men at the southeast corner of Lafayette Street and East Washington Boulevard. A former auto dealership dating to before the mid-20th century was torn down last year to make room.
Cost of the new shelter has been placed at $19.1 million. Coley said nearly 85 percent has been raised, and the mission now plans to start seeking more money from the general public.