Construction to begin on rescue mission expansion

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Courtesy Muskegon Rescue Mission

An organization on the lakeshore is set to break ground on a multipurpose facility.

The Muskegon Rescue Mission (MRM) will celebrate the start of construction of a 16,000-square-foot expansion on Monday, April 25.

The ceremony will be held at the future facility site, at 1747 Seventh St. in Muskegon, behind the rescue mission’s men’s shelter.

The city of Muskegon gifted the 1.48-acre property to MRM, and a capital campaign was launched earlier this year with a goal of $5 million to fund the facility project.

As of April 20, MRM already secured nearly $4.2 million from the “Rise Up Together” campaign. Each donation will be matched to help reach the goal.

“By the grace of God and the generosity of our community, we’re looking to raise the remaining campaign goal by this fall,” said Dan Skoglund, executive director of MRM.

MRM plans to use the new space as a community resource center offering access to various agencies and services all in one location. The space also will house Bright Futures Daycare and Preschool, an affordable child care option for low-income families.

The center also will provide classes and free lunches and serve as a warming and cooling center.

The facility is expected to be completed and open to the community by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

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