Walls Up at Rescue Mission Site, New Fundraising Campaign Begins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Work is advancing on Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley’s new site, with foundation work, underground utilities and the concrete floors completed.

Walls have started being erected at the site on U.S. Route 422 less than half a mile from its current location. The building is expected to be ready for use by spring, said President and CEO John Muckridge in a statement.

With the entire $5.5 million project funded, the Rescue Mission is moving on to a new fundraising effort, #SupplyOurShelter, that aims to raise $1.5 million to provide furniture, appliances and other items needed to support those using the shelter. Already, the campaign has raised $295,994; donations can be made at SupplyOurShelter.org.

“To see the unity in this project is amazing,” Muckridge said. “We are blessed to be working with some of the finest contractors and builders in our Valley and they keep telling us how much it means to be part of something so important in Youngstown.”

The new building is 50,000 square feet – nearly double the size of its existing site on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – and will have 174 beds, up from the 134 currently available. In addition, the new site will have 45 toilets and 21 showers, up from the 16 and 10, respectively, currently available.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.