Central New York

Rescue Mission Makes Room for More

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Audio transcript: Final-Wrap-Rescue-Mission.pdf

By Michelle Houston Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News)—  The Rescue Mission is raising nearly $6 million for a renovation project. It involves improvements in the food service and culinary education center. There will be a new kitchen and a larger dining room. The agency felt it was necessary due to the overcrowding. of volunteers and clients. More waiting lines will be added to the dining service, as well as an all-purpose space. The all-purpose-space will be utilized for needs such as overflow, spiritual care, and as a meeting spot. Family rooms will also be available to make sure groups can sit together.

Michael Robinson is the cook at The Rescue Mission’s dining services. He says he enjoys being able to use his skills to help feed those who are in need. “I think everyone would be really excited for it and the clients would be happy to dine in a nice area,”Robinson said.

The Rescue Mission’s Seasonal Development Associate, Braden Miles says they want to finish the expansion in 2020, and need $1 million in donations to do so. “Within those next two years that’s like our goal to put out newsletters and do anything we can to reach that goal,” Miles said.

The building will still be called the Clarence L. Jordan Food Service Center, which is named after a former Executive Director and honorary Board Member for the mission.

According to the Rescue Mission’s annual report, it served over 200 thousand meals last year. While the current facility was designed for serving 300 meals a day, the organization serves more than two times the amount. The mission  says they are the only place in Syracuse that still serves three free meals a day.

Construction has begun on the facility, but breakfast, lunch and dinner are still being served to the public.


Braden Miles Says The Building Will be at Least two Times Bigger. ©Michelle Houston 2018