- On December 29, 2016
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As 2016 comes to a close, we at the Rescue Mission would like to thank you, the many men, women and children in our community for your tremendous support in so many ways. Because of your generous gifts – of volunteer time, financial support, donations of clothing and household goods – the Rescue Mission was able to provide 276,976 meals, 141,716 overnight stays, and to give out 93,520 household items and articles of clothing in our 2016 fiscal year.
In addition to meeting immediate needs, the Rescue Mission placed 948 individuals and families into permanent housing, and helped hundreds to secure employment.
Here are just a few highlights from 2016
· In Syracuse, we completed our first full year of emergency shelter for women, providing a safe place to 531 women who had nowhere else to go, as well as sheltering 1,591 men.
· In Auburn, we helped 70 families who had experienced homelessness to find homes and move forward with their lives. In March 2017, we look forward to opening the new Auburn Rescue Mission with 28 apartments and a community center for families and women who’ve experienced homelessness.
· In Binghamton, 57 men who have experienced homelessness came through our program and found stability and support in our permanent residence.
· In Ithaca, we’ve seen great need for our emergency shelter, supportive permanent housing and community food pantry. In addition to providing more than 16,143 overnight stays over the course of a year, we’ve opened a warming station for anyone to come in from the cold on nights when temperatures reach 32 degrees or below.
At our annual Hope Awards, we recognized individuals and families who have come through Rescue Mission programs for their remarkable personal achievements. Among the award recipients was Arien, who came to the Rescue Mission homeless and struggling. He now has a home and continues to work full-time. Arien said he is determined to give back to his community because “someone reached for me and I didn’t even see that person.”
Arien is right that the men, women and children the Rescue Mission serves may never have the opportunity to meet all of the friends who make our services possible, or to personally thank them. So, on behalf of those we serve, thank you so much to you, our caring community, for changing lives and sharing hope.