COLORADO SPRINGS — Leaders at the Springs Rescue Mission like to say "hope starts with a meal.” There is now a lot more room for hope with an impressive new kitchen and dining facility on the campus south of downtown Colorado Springs.
The new dining area has 5,000 square feet. "So we can get 200 people instead of five different seatings of 65 people at a time,” said Food and Beverage Manager, Jason Horn.
There is another 5,000 square feet for the kitchen and learning areas. "Just training, training, training all day training with each and every individual,” said Horn. There are 20 to 30 people who are clients of Springs Rescue Mission programs who are part of working/learn initiative at the dining facility. "A really powerful training program for individuals struggling with homelessness and addiction,” said Springs Rescue Mission, Chief Development Officer, Travis Williams.
While providing meals to people struggling to afford food, the facility will also be helping some of the same people get the experience and confidence they need to get jobs and get their lives on a better path. "It's interesting when you see a guy do something for the very first time, their eyes light up and it's like wow," said Horn.