Macon Rescue Mission possible expansion

Orlando Hinton was battling addiction nine months ago he came to the Macon Rescue Mission to get help.

"I think this is a awesome place," said Hinton.

More people like Hinton will be able to get help with a possible expansion.

"We are in the early stages of developing our future of the rescue mission," said Erin Reimers.

That includes building a new Dove Center, which houses women and children affected by domestic violence.

"Right now our capacity is seven women and their children, with a waiting list everyday to enter," she said.

They want the new center to service 50 families. Expanding will also allow the mission to house homeless women and children. Something they can't do within the existing space.

"They have no where to go, and they need some kind of rehabilitation program, long-term program, to teach them basic life skills," said Reimer.

With women out of the current building, the men's addiction and homeless program can expand.

Right now they can house 37 men, five to 10 are on a waiting list. The mission also wants to build new male halfway houses.

"It would be the next phase, transitional housing phase to allow them to start seeking employment in permanent housing," said Reimers.

The old ones are in need of repair.

There's also a plan for a multipurpose building that has classrooms and could convert into a dorm.

"So that we can house overnight guests that are trying to escape the cold temperatures. And right now we cannot do that.," added Reimers.

The playground and cafeteria would also be expanded.

Since 1952 the place has been known as the Macon Rescue Mission.

Reimers said they serve people from all around central Georgia. Thirty-percent of its residents are from counties in central Georgia other than Bibb.

Come January they'll be known as the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia.


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