TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A defunct building supply business' warehouse could be the answer to the Topeka Rescue Mission's prayers of getting more homeless people off the streets.
Mission Director Barry Reaker revealed Thursday in a speech to the Downtown Rotary Club that the mission is buying Schmidt Builder's Supply's two-year old, 11,000 square foot warehouse at 206 Northwest Norris. Schmidt went out of business this summer.
Feaker told 13 news Thursday night he expects to close the deal Monday.
He says the mission will then need to raise as much as $1 million to renovate the space. The tradeoff, he says, will be space for 100 to 200 more people.
The mission has been operating over-capacity. This summer, Feaker said, they averaged a hundred guests more a night than they had a year ago.
Feaker says the building purchase is part of a long-range plan to address the needs of homeless in the Topeka community.