Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Springs Rescue Mission completes resource center, pauses kitchen expansion

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 1:43 PM

UPDATE: Here's the video.

09-12-17 Larry Yonker - Springs Rescue Mission - Resource Center Completion from Springs Rescue Mission on Vimeo.

——ORIGINAL POST 1:43 P.M. WED., SEPT. 13, 2017——
On Sept. 12, the Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) announced the completion of its new resource center, which is designed for people experiencing homelessness to access all sorts of human services in one convenient, consolidated location. Now open, the facility features 16 showers, laundry machines, a recreational area and office space for government and non-profit agencies.
click to enlarge SRM CEO LARRY YONKERS
  • SRM CEO Larry Yonkers

“Before the opening of this building, someone experiencing homelessness would have to walk about five miles in a single day to get the services they need," said Larry Yonkers, SRM's President and CEO, in a press release. "Now, if they’re staying in our shelter, it’s a 50-foot walk across the courtyard.”

This marks the end of phase one in the Mission's $17-million campus expansion project. SRM had planned to get started with phase two right away, but is instead pressing pause until it can identify an additional $2.5 million in funding.

Phase two entails expanding the kitchen, which, according to Yonkers, is "no larger than a two-car garage" and strained serving over meals to about 350 guests a day. Though the planned 200-seat kitchen is far from completion, Yonkers has said SRM is nonetheless able to accommodate those who hang out across the street at Dorchester Park where the Salvation Army's food truck recently ended service.

click to enlarge THOMAS VOSS
  • Thomas Voss
As the Indy has reported, the first phase of phase one was added shelter space before winter kicked in last year, and phase three will be a permanent supportive housing complex. That $14 million project, dubbed Greenway Flats, planned in partnership with Nor'wood Development Group, will house 65 chronically homeless adults, putting the per-person construction cost at over $215,000. According to this year's point-in-time count, widely considered an undercount, the number 
  • Courtesy Nor'wood Development Group
of chronically homeless adults living in Colorado Springs is 374.

Here's a video, courtesy of SRM, that shows Yonkers introducing the new resource center. Right now, we've just got the link, but when the video becomes embeddable, embed it we shall.

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