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Youngstown Foundation Comes to Mission’s Rescue

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Foundation recently provided the Rescue Mission with $5,000 in crisis grant funds to address an emergency plumbing issue at the emergency shelter on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Rescue Mission announced Thursday.

The funds were awarded to help defer the costs of emergency repairs in the mission’s kitchen and first-floor restroom.

Two new toilets needed to be installed but to reach the plumbing the kitchen was disturbed. The project required replacement of underground pipes, installation of a new hand sink and placement of an underground grease trap.

The repair work came as the Rescue Mission prepared for its annual Thanksgiving activities. Next week, the mission will serve thanksgiving dinners noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the shelter.

“Having the Youngstown Foundation to reach out to when you have an unexpected issue arise is such a blessing. The $5,000 crisis grant award went a long way to help us resolve the issue and get the mission back to normal operations,” said Lynn Wyant, director of development for the Rescue Mission.

During the work, the mission was unable to use either the kitchen or the first-floor restroom, she said. “Serving many hundreds of people daily without a kitchen was a challenge, but our staff and volunteers came together to prepare meals that didn’t require cooking and the Lord provided greatly,” she said.

Pictured: Site of emergency plumbing issue at the Rescue Mission.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.