Aug 11, 2011 8:05 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Springs Rescue Mission to touch many lives

Springs Rescue Mission is on its way to help many more in the Springs community.

The mission recently revealed its three-year plan, which targets three groups: adult men, families and the chronically homeless.

"We're the only recovery program in town now...and we have a waiting list for our recovery program," says Larry Yonker from the Springs Rescue Mission.

To address the need to serve more, the mission will be expanding that program, which aids adult men and is called the Resource Advocacy Program, to serve eighty men versus the forty-three they currently help.

Additionally, they are converting the Samaritan's Inn on S. Nevada into a housing facility for families who will undergo a comprehensive 9+ month program that prepares them for self-sufficiency. The program is called the Supportive Family Housing Program (SFHP) and will offer services like parenting, budgeting, as well as child care, food services, and career development.

For the chronically homeless the mission will be opening a day center which will provide people with medical services, counseling and career services for those who are continually on-and-off the streets.

Yonker adds, "Springs Rescue Mission has been serving the community for 15 years and we feel like it's time in the next three years that we can double our impact."

The need for these facilities is evident. Yonker says, "The Salvation Army has a fantastic shelter. So, we are looking at programs that are typically longer-term," that will meet the needs of the community.

Yonker says they hope the first three phases will be completed by November 2012 and they also hope in the next three years they will be able to house and provide services for fifty to sixty families.

The entire project is expected to cost around $5 million dollars.


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