As the face of homelessness evolves in our community, we at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission have experienced an increase in the number of homeless, hungry and hurting women and children we serve. Having shuffled from one dangerous and unhealthy environment to another – from living in motels riddled with drugs and prostitution, to living with abusive men to living in cars, on the streets or in the woods – these women and children are in desperate need of nourishment of body and soul by the time they finally reach our doors.
Our Women and Families Shelter, located across Highway 80 from our Men’s Shelter, offers a safe place of refuge, rest and renewalfor these women and children who feel as if no one in the world cares about their wellbeing. At the Shelter, our case managers and child advocate work closely with our clients to help them establish a healthy and successful life. Additional services, such as evening chapel, Christian counseling, tutoring and GED prep, health clinic, exercise classes and life-skills courses are available to our guests as they rebuild their lives.
In order to give these hurting women and children the best chance of successfully becoming independent, we are in need ofexpanding our Shelter. Currently we are a 50-bed facility, but often we are overcrowded, serving on average 60-70 women and children each night. Because of the limited space, women often leave the Shelter with their children before they are fully equipped to successfully reenter society, leading to a three times higher return rate to the Mission for our women guests as opposed to our men guests. In adding six new family cottages, our women clients with children will be able to reside in a comfortable, home-like setting as opposed to a dorm-style room. Additionally, our new Welcome Center will offer much-needed space for our case managers to work with our clients, as opposed to the crowded, limited space we currently have.
On behalf of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, I ask that you prayerfully consider joining in our efforts to provide a facility to give these hurting women and children the very best opportunity to achieve success in their lives. I invite you to come tour our Mission’s Women & Families Shelter and meet with me myself to address any questions you have. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Road to a New Life Starts Here,
Eric Burger, Executive Director