Fort Wayne-based The Rescue Mission says it will move into the next phase of its more than $23 million capital campaign. The organization says a $1.5 million gift from The Lutheran Foundation in Fort Wayne will allow the campaign to move into the public phase this spring, which will include the groundbreaking for a new building in the city’s downtown.
The City on a Hill: Building Relocation & Expansion Capital Campaign aims to raise funds for the four-story building, as well as an expansion of the organization’s women and children’s ministry, Charis House. The Rescue Mission says it expects to break ground on the building in April.
"It’s inspiring to have such a significant investment to complete the leadership phase of our campaign," said Donovan Coley, chief executive officer and senior pastor for The Rescue Mission. "Our relationship with The Lutheran Foundation is a special one, as we are both committed to addressing the mental health piece of those we serve."
The gift will give naming rights of the Community Area in the new building, which will include a dining facility and chapel, to The Lutheran Foundation. Foundation CEO Marcia Haaff says the result of a "mutual commitment to addressing the issue of mental illness" between the two organizations.
The Rescue Mission did not specify how close it is to reaching its fundraising goal.