Rescue Mission seeks funding for men’s dormitory renovation

Rescue Mission Director Keith Bradley stands in the new dorms crews are remodeling on South Avenue, just west of the Rescue Mission.

The Grand Junction Rescue Mission needs $58,000 to pay off a remodeling project that will double capacity in one of its shelter spaces.

Remodeling work began nearly one month ago on the dormitory-style building two lots west of the mission’s main building at 550 South Ave. The main building is used for serving meals and hosting worship services. A structure to the north of the main building houses a staff apartment and a shelter for 15 men.

The dormitory had room for 35 men but will sleep up to 70 men when renovations are complete, according to Rescue Mission Director Keith Bradley. Construction is scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving.

Bradley said a growing need for extra space sparked the renovation project. He said he isn’t sure how the project will be paid for, but he has faith funding will come through somehow.

“A lot of times when you need something, it comes at the last minute,” he said.

The renovation includes putting in a new bathroom and showers, installing aluminum siding and sprucing up the inside of the building.

Bradley said the men who used to stay in the dormitory have found temporary places to stay while the project is ongoing.


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