Rescue Mission receives grant from AEP Foundation

The Rescue Mission received a $300,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation.

Posted: Oct 16, 2018 7:56 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2018 6:44 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana Michigan Power gave a much needed $300,000 check on behalf of The American Electric Power Foundation.

The money will be added to the Rescue Missions goal of a little over $23 million.

The $23.1m campaign includes a four story building, and expansion at the Charis House.

he $300,000 donated tuesday will help bring that to life.

"This is one of our largest donations because we're confident this is going to make a difference here," Indiana Michigan Power president, Toby Thomas said.

It's making a difference in David Ward's life.

"This is incredible. It's an opportunity to help so many men. It's amazing to me how the community is so supportive. They just keep coming forward and helping with their donations. So many volunteers come through those doors, and watch you go through your program from the time you're hopeless to the time you're to do it again," Ward said.

The future men’s shelter will be located on the corner of Washington and Lafayette Street.

"It just shows that there's hope for everyone," he added.

The Rescue Mission already has 80% of the funds.

"Come April 1st of 2019, we will do the official groundbreaking. Construction will continue through 2019," Pastor Donovan Coley said.

They're expected to have a move in celebration in 2020.

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