The services provided at Wheeler Mission have been 120 years in the making. Staff members and residents will gather Wednesday afternoon to mark the milestone.
The anniversary comes as the mission is in the middle of a $6.5 million fundraising campaign, as of right now officials report they’ve brought in about $3 million. The funds will help expand capacity at the men’s shelter from 124 beds to 200 beds.
Officials said the need is great and it continues to grow. During the winter the homeless won’t be turned away but with the shelter overflowing they might have to sleep on the floor.
The mission relies on community support and the organization does not accept government funding.
“It’s just been amazing to see people step up and provide for the needs of Wheeler Mission and like I say we’ve been blessed and we’ve been able to meet the needs of the homeless even though the population is growing,” said Brian Crispin, Wheeler Mission Director of Marketing,
Wheeler Mission Operates 5 residential locations, including sites for men and women. The ministry also includes a drug and alcohol treatment program.