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New Rescue Mission breaks ground

The groundbreaking has been 3 years coming, but everyone on hand says it's well worth the wait.

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 4:00 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2019 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The corner of Lafayette and Washington was just vacant buildings in 2016 when the Rescue Mission announced that would the location of their new home.

In 2017, those old buildings started coming down, making way the space to build the new facility.

On Tuesday, April 9th, dirt finally started being upturned and construction is beginning on the Rescue Mission.

Over 100 people gathered to witness the groundbreaking today.

The new facility will help people who were once like Dave Ward, who got to witness the start of a new home for those people struggling.

Ward recounted his time before he got to the Rescue Mission, saying "I spent 48 years in various addictions. I was always a worker. I always had a good job. I always worked to be in charge and for the most part it always worked out, but when it got down to it, i allowed the addiction to take over."

The new rescue mission will have 325 beds, which will help with overcrowding at their current location as well as other spaces for self-improvement.

Pastor Donovan Coley helped spearhead this development and says he's excited that 3 years of hard work is coming to reality.

"We started a campaign and our goal was to simply build a facility to house the people we're currently serving. We realized that the vision is bigger and so it's all about connecting with the City of Fort Wayne," Coley said

How they plan to connect? They'll have 16 different agencies in house to help residents transition to a new life. Something Ward knows can be a struggle.

He said, "It's just so important to have everything in house so that they don't have to venture away and go out into the temptation the world offers."

Ward would know how hard it is. He became a graduate of the Rescue Mission's transitional program in 2016.

These agencies will also be open to the public who are struggling, so they can come in and improve themselves as well.

However, the project still needs funding. They're asking the public to help with the remaining $2.9 million with the hope that the new path to redemption for Fort Wayne's struggling begins next September.

"Come September of 2020, to see the residents walk from our existing location and we're going to take this trip and walk towards our new home. That is exciting and i can't wait," Coley said.

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