Valley Rescue Mission is expanding their outreach by opening a third donation and retail center in Columbus. The organization, which offers emergency shelter for the homeless and addicts in recovery, hopes to pump dozens of jobs into the community with the opening of the center.
Heather Johnson is a recent graduate of the Valley Rescue Mission recovery program. She enrolled nine months ago after battling with drug addictions and graduated from the program last Thursday. She says Valley Rescue has been crucial in her recovery.
"They show how to take care of yourself again, some of us have never learned that and then you get put out in the real world and if you don't know how, you don't know how," said Johnson.
Executive Director Rhonda Mobley says many people find employment opportunities after graduating from the recovery process.
"Many times when they graduate, we're able to hire them and give them a new start," said Mobley.
By breaking ground on a third location, Valley Rescue Mission hopes to provide more employment opportunities for recent recovery program graduates. The new building will be located on North Veterans Parkway, next to Front Porch of the South. Construction on the 10,800 square foot building will officially begin in early July.
The new building is being funded by donations and sales from their other retail stores.
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