Growth and Gratitude at Springs Rescue Mission
With God’s blessing and the support of a generous community that cares, we are grateful to report a number of highlights that mark FY2017 as a year of very positive growth at the Mission. In the fiscal year just completed:
- Samaritan’s Kitchen served approximately 124,000 meals. To keep up with our expanded men and women’s shelters, the kitchen added more meals to accommodate the growing amount of guests on our campus. Because our dining room can only fit 65 people at a time, we’re serving breakfast and dinner in multiple shifts. Long lines of men and women wrap around our building and cross our parking lot in the morning and evening as people wait for meals. We hope to break ground on a new dining hall that will accommodate 200 people during the spring of 2018, but we’re awaiting for additional funding to start the project.
- The Mission’s Supportive Family Services provided material aid – like food, clothing, household goods and hygiene items – totaling nearly $4.79 million to local families and individuals in poverty. Supportive Family Services continues to serve about 730 unique families per month.
- Client navigators in our new resource center provided just over 3,500 one-on-one case management sessions with more than 1,100 men and women struggling with homelessness in Colorado Springs – including finding secure housing for 56 neighbors without homes.
- Our Men and Women’s Shelters provided 55,555 bed nights of shelter throughout the year to homeless neighbors in our community. Just as important, nearly 50% of the women and 33% of the men who spent a night in our shelters sought out case management with a client navigator in our resource center afterwards.
- This past year, 16 men graduated from the New Life Program, the Mission’s one-year residential rehabilitation program for addicted men. Every one of them graduated with a job and housing.
Springs Rescue Mission Campus
Last year, we completed the first phase of our campus expansion project. Our year-round shelters for up to 300 people were completed in November 2016 and our resource center with showers, a laundry room and dedicated office space for partner agencies was completed in April 2017. We’re awaiting additional funding to start construction on phase two, and were hoping to break ground by spring of 2018. Phase two includes a dining hall that can seat 200 people, an industrial kitchen and culinary arts classroom, and a secure welcome center with pet kennels and storage lockers for guests.
Springs Rescue Mission looks forward to continued innovation and growth as we continue to expand out relief ministries and better serve more of our chronically homeless neighbors in Colorado Springs. We feel we can look forward with confidence thanks to the support of a very generous community of friends – like you – each of whom provided encouragement and resources to bring about the dynamic results of the fiscal year we have just concluded.
We are so grateful for your partnership. Thanks for being a neighbor helping neighbors!