Rescue Mission groundbreaking

April 7, 2019

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at the construction site of The Rescue Mission’s future home. The 10 a.m. event will be at 404 E. Washington Blvd. and parking will be available at the Lamplight Inn, 300 E. Washington Blvd., and at Tree of Life Missionary Church, 520 E. Washington Blvd., according to a news release.

The Mission previously announced plans for a four-story shelter with a projected cost of more than 1.5 million gift from the Lutheran Foundation was announced in January, officials said about 85 percent of the necessary money had been raised.

Rescue Mission CEO Donovan Coley Sr. said in January the campaign will expand the mission’s space from 25,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet and its housing capacity from 114 to 325 men.

Along with Coley, speakers at Tuesday’s ceremony will include Marcia Haaff, The Lutheran Foundation; Jeff Ostermann, board chair for the Mission; Mike Packnett, Parkview Health; and Rick James, The James Foundation. Others include Chuck Surack, Sweetwater CEO; Jeremy Ringger, Weigand Construction; and Gloria Whitcraft, Catholic Charities.