Rescue mission

Lexington Rescue Mission delivers nearly 700 holiday meals

LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Lexington Rescue Mission is open year round to help the city’s most vulnerable population. The organization was established in 2001 to help meet basic needs for shelter, food and clothing.

On Thursday, the mission and dozens of volunteers delivered more than 690 meals to families in the city. Meals were prepared, cooked and packaged at the Broadway Christian Church. There was also an assembly line of gift bags filled with toiletries, snacks, hats and gloves.

Jim and Becky Connell began the mission after leaving Indiana and noticing a lack of Christian-based outreach services in the area.

Jim Connell said: “We have heard that Lexington has never had a rescue mission. We really wanted to reach the homeless in particular, but also those in difficulty, the poor and suffering from the symptoms of poverty, but we weren’t sure exactly what that would look like.

The couple have since retired, but still use their free time to volunteer. Thursday was one of those occasions. The Connells had 5 families to deliver meals to.

Becky Connell said, “We get a lot more out of this than the people we serve, it’s very gratifying to show the love of Christ and people are so grateful and it’s just a joy to be able to do it. “

The mission also has a laundry department, where they wash the clothes of the homeless. There is also an ex-convict reintegration program to help ex-convicts return to life outside of prison.

In 2020, the mission served more than 44,000 meals.