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City Rescue Mission to serve as daytime center for homeless

6:22 PM, Nov 29, 2012   |    comments
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JACKONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor Alvin Brown announced the City Rescue Mission will partner with the City of Jacksonville to host a daytime resource center for Jacksonville's homeless population.

The one-year pilot program will include improvements to the City Rescue Mission's Downtown campus.  Plans call for the project to begin in December.  As part of the partnership the City Rescue Mission will create capacity for up to 200 people during business hours, three days each week starting in January, according to a release from the city.

The release said one city staffer will be assigned to be a liaison with the City Rescue Mission.  Operational costs and duties will be handled through private donations and paid and volunteer work by homeless people benefiting from the facility.

Mayor Brown said, "We are seeing partnership-drive innovation at work in a way that will benefit everyone in our city.  This is more than a shelter.  It's a voice for the voiceless and it's a tool to help people help themselves, to recapture self-sufficiency and to rebuild self-esteem.  One life at a time, we can and we will build a stronger community."

The downtown campus of the City Rescue Mission is located on State Street. 

City Rescue Mission CEO David Bugher said, "City Rescue Mission is eager to be part of this project and hopes final negotiations make that possible."

The center will provide an area for homeless people to have access to workforce skills training, transitional housing services and a safe place.

The project will require patrons obtain a membership that is earned and retained so long as the member exhibits positive, non-disruptive behavior.

The release said plans include internet access, showers, washers and dryers, office space, telephones with community voice mail and mailbox access.


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