Evansville Rescue Mission holds Centennial Center groundbreaking today

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The Evansville Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors and Leadership team are recognizing the construction of their multi-purpose Centennial Center with a groundbreaking ceremony at the downtown Evansville main campus.

The ceremony begins at noon on Wednesday.

The Rescue Mission’s Centennial Center will total 10,878 square feet, and will sit directly adjacent to Evansville Rescue Mission’s Residence Center.

The leadership team says the Centennial Center will serve three purposes:

  • to function as a day shelter space for homeless men
  • to offer adequate space for community programming and services for our homeless guests and the general public
  • to provide transitional housing space; specifically, twenty private rooms, for graduates of Evansville Rescue Mission’s long-term program, named PACES, on the Centennial Center’s second floor

Construction for the Rescue Mission’s Centennial Center will begin this spring with an anticipated construction timetable to last 6 to 7 months, concluding later this fall.

Evansville Rescue Mission’s President/CEO, Tracy L. Gorman states, “The new Centennial Center will be a tool that will enable us to assist many additional people from our community. For many years, we’ve worked to bring this vision to fruition, and now we’re able to move forward to extend the Evansville Rescue Mission’s outreach footprint into the Tri-State.”

More than $1 million has already been raised to build ERM’s Centennial Center through private donations and grants; specifically, from the Welborn Baptist Foundation and the Vectren Foundation, along with ERM’s endowment, with $450,000 left to be raised.

Contributions can be directly earmarked for ERM’s Centennial Center either by mail to Evansville Rescue Mission, 500 E. Walnut St., Evansville, IN 47713, or at ERM’s website, at the link below.

Founded in 1917, the Evansville Rescue Mission operates six ministry divisions throughout Vanderburgh County:

  • the Residence Center, which shelters homeless men
  • the Youth Care Center – a detention center for troubled youth
  • Camp Reveal – the Mission’s campground/retreat center, located in northern Vanderburgh County
  • three Evansville Rescue Mission Thrift Stores, located in Evansville
  • Evansville Rescue Mission’s Donation Center, located a few blocks away from their downtown main campus in Evansville

The Evansville Rescue Mission’s main campus is located at 500 East Walnut Street in Evansville.

To learn more about the Evansville Rescue Mission, click here.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 21, 2018)

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