TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Rescue Mission announced new moving plans during a public meeting Wednesday night on the issue of homelessness.
Mission officials say they purchased the old Bailey Moving and Storage building in April. Plans call for the building, located behind the current mission building, to serve as an emergency intake shelter.
The mission purchased a warehouse last year on Northwest Norris for the purpose, but executive director Barry Feaker says the Bailey building became available and will be better suited for shelter use. He says it has more space, plus people will not have to cross railroad tracks to get to the main shelter building for meals and other services.
However, Feaker says the Norris warehouse will meet another great need for the mission by serving as a food distribution center. The mission has had to lease food storage space in the past.
Feaker says the mission must expand to meet growing needs. Community members agree the mission needs space, not just to house people, but to connect people with services such as mental health, transportation, education, child care and substance abuse treatment.
The mission will present its plans for the Bailey building to the Topeka Planning Commission on Monday.