Rescue Mission to Shutter Its Warehouse

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley plans to consolidate its operations to the shelter location at 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The organization’s warehouse, 2246 Glenwood Ave., will close by Dec. 31, according to the organization. Operations already have started to wind down there.

The Rescue Mission said it continues to see “an unprecedented increase in the number of overnight guests and meals served to the community.” The overnight census has risen to 130 people each night, up from 65 individuals just five years ago, it reports. The number of meals served has risen dramatically over the same period, from 273 daily to 631.

The increasing demands have stretched the organization’s resources, and while revenue has remained steady it has not kept pace with the increased demand for services.

“To that end, and to remain faithful to our primary purpose as an emergency shelter, the mission must channel its resources toward the needs of our burgeoning overnight census: shelter, meals, educational, employment, and recovery programs,” the organization said .

From this point forward, the mission requests that in-kind donations are be to non-perishable foodstuffs and personal hygiene items, which can be dropped off at the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard shelter.

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