HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Construction crews are working hard to build the future of the Downtown Rescue Mission, but the mission's staff says they are still working toward their financial goal for the facility. The Owen's House will soon provide shelter for women and children.
"This is the biggest project we've taken on, for sure," President & CEO Keith Overholt said about Owen's House. "What this building's going to allow us to do is take all the family, that means the father, mother and any age kid because we'll have the facilities to make sure we can take care of them."
The facility has an estimated cost of about $5.5 million to build and another $500,000 to furnish.
"Currently we're at about $4.8 and we really need to raise about $7 million total so that we can have about a year or two operational money in there as well," Overholt said.
Overholt estimates it will cost between $300,000 and $400,000 additional monies to operate Owen's House annually.
"Four hundred thousand dollars to run the facility is, of course, utilities and maintenance and things like that," Overholt said. "But, it's also counselors and people that are going to be there for teaching and things like that for the program."
For now, the mission's staff hopes the community will help them while they continue helping the community.
"If we don't get all of the money, we'll have to scale back in some of the areas on the building, and some of the equipment that we can buy, and even some of the staffing that we can have," Overholt explained.
Overholt assures donors their money is going directly to the projects at the mission in which they choose. If you would like to donate to Owen's House, visit donate.downtownrescuemission.org for more information.