Hope Rescue MIssion Gets a Makeover

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

Hope Rescue Mission in South Bend provides three meals a day, 365 days a year.

So, paying for building maintenance sometimes has to take a back seat to feeding residents.

This week the money and the manpower were made available by Home Depot and the men's dorms got a makeover.

“If you have to worry about where you sleep at night you can't focus on being safe and comfortable,” says Karl Nichols, Hope Rescue Mission staff.

Turning a life around takes a little confidence and pride.

It was tough for Hope Rescue Mission to convince the homeless men who stay here to take pride in themselves, when employees were ashamed of the dorm rooms those men were living in.

Nichols says, “When you first come into the mission this is the first place you come as a man. I remember right before we started a man sleeping in that bed had plaster falling in his face and it just continued the motivation to get the room done.”

The walls were falling apart and an ugly shade of yellow.

The ceiling was caving in and the bathroom could only be described as foul.

Until a week ago Monday when a team of volunteers from Home Depot stepped up to re-do the dorms.

“We paint, we provide them with toilets, sinks whatever they need to get the job done. It is just something we take pride in,” says Courtney Cooper of Team Depot.

Home Depot employees donated more than 15 hours of their time and worked alongside men from the shelter.

The company also chipped in more than 250 dollars in supplies.

“The change of the colors, the cleanliness of it. It really shows that we care about our residents, this room the people that stay in this room and how they live,” says Allen Peers, Rescue Mission resident.

Whether you are handy with a mop or a hammer, have a skilled trade or just the heart to help contact the Hope Rescue Mission today because there are still plenty of projects here to be done.

The dorm floors could use refinishing and the halls could use a fresh coat of paint.

One room at a time, Hope Rescue is being made over, just like the men and women who come here for a second chance.

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