The Rescue Mission receives $1.5 million towards campaign

The Rescue Mission is getting closer to their goal of expansion with the help of The Lutheran Foundation. the organization stepped up to help them in a major way.

Posted: Jan. 7, 2019 7:44 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2019 6:21 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - "When I saw the check, it brought a tear to my eye," Alsundarla Cotten said.

The Lutheran Foundation provided a $1.5 million dollar check towards the rescue mission's City On A Hill campaign.

It's The Rescue Mission's expansion of a four story building and adding on more to the Charis House.

"We need a bigger place because they turn too many people away," she added.

To help out, the Lutheran Foundation stepped up very generously. The CEO of the Lutheran Foundation, Marcia Haaff, said The Rescue Mission's expansion aligns with the organization's vision.

The progress of this project is giving resident Dan Hornick hope again.
$23.1 Million total is the goal.

"I really didn't see myself as having any kind of future when I came here. After getting in the program, and doing the classes and vocational training, i'm actually starting to plan for a future which I didn't have before," Hornick said.

"We're focusing on the first phase and that was the men's shelter. That is at a price tag of $19.1 million. The $1.5 million gift Monday has given us the ability to have gotten to that 84.5%. Our board of trustees decided we needed 80% for us to be able to go into a spring groundbreaking," Pastor Donovan Coley, CEO of The Rescue Mission said.

The Lutheran Foundation's investment gives the organization naming rights of the community area in The Rescue Mission's new building, which will be located at 400 E. Washington Boulevard.

The community area includes the dining facility and the chapel.

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