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Future location of Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley receives blessing

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The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley continues the next step in moving their mission to a new location on Youngstown's Southside.

The Rescue Mission blessed the site of their new 50,000 square foot facility on Thursday.

Community members along with Rescue Mission volunteers and staff gathered to bless the new site and display the design of the future building.

The improvement will help the Mission serve more people and hold an average of 200 men, women and children.

“We do everything in our power to take care of whoever comes through the doors and this new facility will even expand on that significantly,” said Jim Echement, Rescue Mission Executive Director.

The new building will help improve services and add new features such as an emergency power source. 

Brad Weber knows first hand what its like to go through the Mission and the importance of a new building.  “It's very exciting because I know what Jesus can do through this building and so even on a new facility it can only be greater,” said Weber, Rescue Mission Support Services Manager.

Unexpectedly, the Rescue Mission received a $100,000 pledge from the Neckermann Foundation on Thursday.

Three million dollars of donations are still needed to help the campaign which will continue for the next five years.

If the three million dollar goal is not reached by this fall, the Rescue Mission has a backup plan.

“We will apply for a conventional mortgage to fill the gap so we can begin. It is imperative that we begin construction as soon as possible,” said Echement.

The Rescue Mission plans to stay in their old building for one more winter before moving. 

If you would like to donate to The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley go to MoveOurMission.org or call 330-503-6774.

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