Rescue mission

Emporia Rescue Mission moves to a new home

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) – After a series of delays caused by supply chain issues, the homeless men are finally accommodated in the new location of the Emporia rescue mission, according to KVOE Radio.

The mission purchased the old Amend Scout Center at 1236 E. 12th St. in Emporia about a year ago, with the intention of starting to move into the renovated facility in the summer.

However, mission director Lee Alderman told KVOE this week that this decision was largely delayed by supply chain issues earlier this year.

In addition to providing shelter for its guests, Emporia Rescue Mission offers a career center in its new location, with the help of former KansasWorks staff member Richard Snook.

Clients can also take economics classes with local lawyer Jay VanderVelde.

The new facility has been completely renovated over the past year, Alderman said, and can accommodate 20 men.

The current number of guests is 12 men, KVOE said, although that number may increase with the winter conditions expected for next weekend.

Alderman says the Emporia rescue mission could use donated work clothes, including coats, boots and gloves.

Meanwhile, the former home of the Emporia rescue mission at 1119 Merchant is in the process of being vacated and could go missing in the next two to three months.

Kwik Shop has been looking to reconfigure their convenience store for several years, and KVOE says the store may raze the old space early next year.

For more information on the Emporia Rescue Mission, call the Alderman at 620-794-2977.

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