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Changes in store for Valley Rescue Mission

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Since 1963, Valley Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, and support for thousands of people in need in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Now, the Columbus-based organization has several changes approaching that will help them serve at an even greater capacity.

A retail distribution center is currently being built on North Veterans Parkway, and is scheduled to open after the holidays.

By the beginning of 2014, all of the men in the Addiction Recovery Program will be housed at the Crossroads Addiction Recovery Facility for Men in Hamilton, Ga., which will double the number of beds available for homeless men.

There are also plans for a new emergency shelter for women and children adjacent to Damascus Way, and a new dining hall and kitchen to accommodate more people.

Rhonda Mobley, Executive Director of Valley Rescue Mission, explains that the expansions for the Mission are in effort to meet a growing need in the community. "We are seeing more and more people coming in the afternoons for our evening meal, our Loaves and Fishes program, and many times it's families. There are a lot of children who are here in the afternoons for that evening meal. And we are looking to build a new dining facility, which will increase the capacity for what we're able to help now."

Over the past 50 years, Valley Rescue Mission has served 3.7 million meals, provided 1.2 million night of lodging, and helped more than 12,000 children enjoy a free week at Camp Joy.

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