BUTTE— The Butte Rescue mission plans to renovate the cluttered warehouse between the emergency shelter and their office building into a multi-purpose facility.
“Mostly food, a healthy dining hall, then offices and clinic rooms for dental, homeless health care and other health counseling rooms,” Brayton Erickson said.
The warehouse is approximately 5,000 square feet. The rescue mission plans to move the kitchen and dining room to the warehouse to meet growing meal needs.
They currently serve 220 meals a day.
“That’s over 70,000 meals a year and just rolled out of our little kitchen,” Erickson said.
The warehouse would also serve as an emergency shelter for overflows from the main facility.
“You know, we would have room for people to come inside or even in an emergency – temporary cots or something that they could set up inside,” Erickson said. .
Amy Kroon says the Butte Rescue mission is an important resource in the community.
“When it’s forty degrees on Sunday and -22 on Tuesday, that’s the most dangerous time. It really is. That’s when people can really die and so we always take those things seriously and we let’s do our best to be available for anyone in need,” Kroon said.
Erickson says they have secured a grant to cover some of the expenses and hope to fund the rest to begin warehouse renovations.
“It can really create a safe space for people,” Erickson said.
Right now it’s in the planning phase, but they hope to start renovations in the fall.