Rescue Mission Seeking New Addition

By: Marques White
By: Marques White

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Rescue Mission officials say their facility is overcrowded, and that they are looking at an additional facility to support the area's growing homeless population. City officials got a tour of a new additional facility, that could help give those in need a more accommodating place to stay.

13 News is told the new facility would cost $1 million. Rescue Mission organizers say donations would be needed to fund the additional facility.

"I come from another town and loss of jobs there brought us up here - me and the family," said Mike Montgomery.

With an average 262 guests each night in 2011, the facility has been overcrowded.

Barry Feaker, Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, says people have been staying on cots on floors, for about three years now.

On Wednesday night, Rescue Mission officials met with community members at Great Overland Station, telling them about plans to open an additional facility, about a block away, at 206 N.W. Norris, to provide those without a home, with a more accommodating place to stay.

Community members also learned about services the mission provides, like job training and substance abuse treatment. Feaker says there is one thing the mission needs to open the new facility.

"Donations... Everything we do at the mission is on donations," said Feaker.

The facility on N.W. Norris has already been purchased. It needs city council approval, before mission officials can start transforming it.

To make a donation to the Rescue Mission, log onto the following website:

631 SW Commerce Pl. Topeka, Kansas 66615 phone: 785-272-6397 fax: 785-272-1363 email:
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