The Lutheran Foundation presented a $1.5M check to The Rescue Mission on Monday, January 7, 2019, completing the leadership phase of the Mission’s City on a Hill: Building Relocation & Expansion Capital Campaign. The Rescue Mission will move into the public phase of the campaign this spring.
“It’s inspiring to have such a significant investment to complete the leadership phase of our campaign,” said Rescue Mission CEO and Senior Pastor Donovan Coley. “Our relationship with The Lutheran Foundation is a special one, as we are both committed to addressing the mental health piece of those we serve.”
Chief Executive Officer of The Lutheran Foundation, Marcia Haaff, said they wanted to make this investment in The Rescue Mission because of a “mutual commitment to addressing the issue of mental illness with Christ at the center. The Lutheran Foundation is an advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental illness. Our vision is whole person health – spiritual, mental and physical well-being for all people.”
The Lutheran Foundation’s investment gives the organization naming rights of the Community Area in The Rescue Mission’s new building, which will be located at 400 E. Washington Blvd. The Community Area includes the dining facility and the chapel.
The Rescue Mission’s $23.1M City on a Hill campaign includes a four-story building on the corner of Lafayette and Washington in downtown Fort Wayne, as well as a needed expansion of The Rescue Mission’s women and children’s ministry, Charis House.
With The Lutheran Foundation’s $1.5M investment, The Rescue Mission is able to move toward the public phase of its campaign, with an expected groundbreaking in April.