Over the past three years Pulpit Rock has been partnered in numerous ways with Springs Rescue Mission and their campus expansion in town.
Its been amazing to see more than $70,000 raised over the past three years through Christmas Offering, COSILoveYou merch sales, Easter Offering, Elementary Kids doing lemonade stands, GameChanger Projects and more…
You may remember celebrating the completion of the first phase of their expansion of a new low-barrier entry shelter that has grown to 450 beds and resource day center with access to health, housing and work agencies as well as showers and laundry services!
Well today Thomas and I got to participate in a groundbreaking for phase two of the expansion – a $5.5 million project including a new dining facility and welcome center.
The new kitchen and dining hall will be about 10,000 square feet and include classrooms, and the welcome center will connect guests to one of the 26 partner agencies on campus as well as provide lockers, a kennel and pet exercise area. The old dining hall which was the size of about a two car garage was turning over 6-7 times a night creating long wait times in extreme conditions. It will be converted and used by Mission Catering.
At the groundbreaking this morning, Larry Yonker talked about the courage of our Mayor and City Council to partner with a faith-based organization like Springs Rescue and the huge investments the City of COS has made in the expansion. As we listened to him talk about how everyone in our city has dignity and worth, I was struck with how much of our heart as a church was mirrored in their desire to love and champion the vulnerable in our city.
Today felt big, and you were part of more than a million dollars given by faith-based communities to make it happen!
Thank you for loving your city and for allowing Pulpit Rock Church to partner in big ways with Springs Rescue Mission!