Other local mission prepares to absorb loss of Breaking Free Rescue Mission

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- As the Breaking Free Rescue Mission prepares to close, other community resources stand by to absorb the loss.

Breaking Free Rescue Mission leaders announced plans to close at a meeting with clients and staff Monday evening. The plans include shutting down the labor program and thrift shop by November 18 and attempting to keep clients sheltered through Thanksgiving.

Downtown Rescue Mission President and CEO Keith Overholt said when he originally heard the news, "I was thinking, 'Wow, there's about 40 people who are about to be on the street."

To anyone who needs a place to stay after Breaking Free closes, he said the Downtown Rescue Mission will be there.

"I don't want anybody out in the cold, I don't want anybody to be hungry," he said. "Come down to the Downtown Rescue Mission. We'll take care of you."

The Downtown Rescue Mission has overnight emergency shelter for men and women, and regularly provides three meals a day to those who are hungry.

"We'll do whatever it takes to take in the folks," said . "It's going to mean more resources and more finances, but that's ok. We'll figure it out."

When we spoke with Breaking Free Rescue Mission leaders Tuesday, they told us they're working with their clients to assess their individual needs. Once they establish who needs a place to stay, and who wants to find a job, etc. they will reach out to community agencies for assistance.

In the meantime, the Huntsville mission community is bracing for the blow.

"Helping homeless folks is a big task for a community of our size," explained Overholt. "And to see anybody that's taken out of the game, it makes it really tough. Because any agency that's already helping, it's already to the max... We hate to see it go away, because it's another place that somebody could go if they're in trouble."