Rescue Mission begins shelter operations and first evening meal services at new residence center | News
Fresh off yesterday’s successful dedication ceremony and open house for the new Residence Center at 500 East Walnut Street, the Evansville Rescue Mission will be opening its doors today to the individuals it daily serves—the Tri-State’s homeless and less fortunate—on day two of what Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has declared “Evansville Rescue Mission Week”.
With the assistance of Christian Fellowship Church, homeless guests who have resided in the Mission’s former shelter address, 300 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will begin making the half-mile move to their new temporary home today.
Rescue Mission guests, as well as the general public, will be able to experience their first meal at 5:30 p.m. inside the Mission’s new Residence Center atrium where Chick-fil-A Cross Pointe will be donating enough chicken sandwiches and fixings to serve incoming guests and visitors. Members of Castle High School’s baseball team will be volunteering their time to serve the Mission’s first meal while Tracy Gorman, the Rescue Mission’s President/CEO, will lead chapel service afterwards this evening.
It is expected that the Rescue Mission will be able to successfully move half of its residents to its new location today while the other half will remain at the Mission’s 300 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. address until Tuesday.
Once all of the Rescue Mission’s homeless guests have successfully moved to the ERM’s new Residence Center, which should take place by mid-week, the Tri-State’s oldest and largest homeless service provider will be able to feed and shelter 30-40% more homeless guests compared to its previous location.