Topeka Rescue Mission Unveils $12 Million Expansion Plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A pair of anonymous donations has a $12 million expansion plan at the Topeka Rescue Mission off to a strong start.

Executive Director Barry Feaker unveiled the four-phase plan at a news conference and open house Friday evening. As part of the event, Feaker announced two anonymous donors had pledged $1 million each to the fundraising campaign. He says other donors have stepped up for a total of $1 million more, meaning they are down to $9 million to reach their goal.

The expansion comes at a much needed time. Feaker says there is not a day that goes by where the Hope Center for women, children and families has any more room.

Phase one will feature a beautifully designed pre-school called the Children's Palace which will meet the needs of the nearly 400 children that the mission takes in each year. The Children's Palace will be built west of the Hope Center and will give children the room they need to interact in a kid friendly environment.

Phase 2 includes building a New Life Center at the location of the Bailey Moving and Storage building. It will expand the shelter to include 260 more beds, increasing mission space to 36,500 square feet.

Phase 3 involves making the current shelter facility at 600 N. Kansas Avenue into an Empowerment and Transformation Center with expanded kitchen. The final phase will add a Youth Center onto the Children's Palace for K-thru-10th-grade youth.

Fundraising efforts continue. Felker said he launching a "dollar a day" initiative to get the public involved. He says it costs $0.92 to feed one homeless person for one day.