Rescue mission

Construction begins on the Rescue Mission expansion

A lakeside organization is preparing to inaugurate a multipurpose facility.

The Muskegon Rescue Mission (MRM) will celebrate the start of construction on a 16,000 square foot extension on Monday, April 25.

The ceremony will take place at the future site of the installation, at 1747 Seventh St. in Muskegon, behind the rescue mission’s men’s shelter.

The City of Muskegon donated the 1.48 acre property to MRM, and a fundraising campaign was launched earlier this year with a goal of $5 million to fund the facility project.

As of April 20, MRM had already secured nearly $4.2 million from the “Rise Up Together” campaign. Each donation will be matched to help reach the goal.

“By the grace of God and the generosity of our community, we are looking to meet the remaining campaign goal by this fall,” said Dan Skoglund, Executive Director of MRM.

MRM plans to use the new space as a community resource center providing access to various agencies and services in one location. The space will also house Bright Futures Nursery and Preschool, an affordable childcare option for low-income families.

The center will also offer free classes and lunches and serve as a warm-up and cool-down center.

The facility is expected to be completed and open to the community by late 2022 or early 2023.