YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – With its new location at 1300 Martin Luther King Blvd. now open, the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley is prepared for the holiday surge, says President and CEO John Muckridge.
“Entering the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, from a public meal standpoint, we’re expecting a significant increase,” Muckridge says.
The $8.5 million building opened Nov. 12 free of debt on the strength of its capital campaign, and donations from the city and the community.
The Rescue Mission provides meals, religious services and job opportunities for those in need. The new building will offer healthful food options thanks to a $250,000 kitchen, with ovens that can bake, steam and air-fry food. The fully furnished facility also has 186 beds – 52 more than the old building.
Pictured: The Rescue Mission’s John Muckridge and Lynn Wyant are grateful for the community support that enabled the organization to build and furnish its new building. It features 186 beds, as well as showers, lockers and rooms for men, women and children. Other amenities include a kids play area, chapel and computer lab where individuals can train for a new job.