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Reaching out: From the suburbs to the city

"We were able to impact two very important organizations in our community and be involved with both of them," Coleman said. "It was more than just raising money. We got our hands dirty and we impacted two different groups."

On April 4, the Rescue Mission reserved the afternoon to hold a special dedication for its new center.

"If not for the support of caring, willing volunteers like the people of the church, and Jim Follette and his crew at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the Rescue Mission would not be able to do what we do," said Matt Crawford, regional team leader of Spiritual Life at RM. "The renovation of the chapel lounge and the installation of the kitchenette and coffee station will offer our clients an inviting environment to sit, have coffee, and enjoy good conversation with staff, volunteers or other clients.

"The lounge is directly connected to the chapel and has given us a great opportunity to connect with individuals who might otherwise be intimidated by coming into a chapel."

Rescue Mission 2008 statistics

217,374 meals served to hungry people

65,435 overnight stays provided (including 40,158 in emergency shelter)

110 men sheltered on average per night

1,155 individuals sheltered--47 percent of them new to the Rescue Mission

74,640 admissions to day center

4,700 transports provided for needy people

294 homeless people assisted in obtaining apartments in the community

95,939 articles of clothing given away

5,436 household items distributed

415 pieces of furniture delivered

67 men lived in the adult home

46 men stayed in the long-term residence

583 men and women used the educational and vocational services

32 progressed in English, writing, reading and mathematic skills

199 obtained employment through the educational and vocational staff

20 completed food preparation and cooking school

599 vehicles given to the auto donation center and sold to help pay for programs

Source: Rescue Mission Web site, rmsyr.org

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