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Tour of hope and duty

Published: Tue, January 17, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

Rescue Mission shows public its dedication to Valley’s needy


The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley had an open house Monday at the facility, located at 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Youngstown.

By William K. Alcorn



William and Carole Rummell of Mineral Ridge brought their grandsons to Monday’s open house of the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley to help them learn about the residential facility and found something they themselves didn’t know.

“I was surprised the mission gets no public funding,” said Rummell, retired superintendent of the Weathersfield Local School District.

Their grandsons, Will, Tait and Zane Rummell and Andrew Garris, all of Mineral Ridge, are members of the Confirmation Class at First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge.

“I’m surprised at how many people are here,” said Will; “and how many of them are children,” said Andrew; and “how many meals are fed,” said Tait. “A lot has to do with God. The residents learn things about the Bible,” Zane said.

The Rummells illustrate the reason for the open house and tours, said Jim Echement, director of development.

Raelyn Kish, the Mission’s ambassador, conducted tours of the residential facility at 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, including the kitchen and dining areas where free meals are provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year, sleeping areas, common areas and a learning center where men and women have access to extensive resources. The Rescue Mission’s administrative offices and warehouse are at 2246 Glenwood Ave.

“The reason for the tours was to show donors and the rest of the community where their donations go, that the Rescue Mission is more than three hots [meals] and a cot [a place to sleep],” he said.

Though food, shelter, clothing and a safe place to stay are at the heart of the Rescue Mission, it offers much more to its clients.

When they come in, caseworkers assess why they are here and what services they need to transition out.

“We are a triage, directing clients to services we provide or to partner community agencies,” Echement said.

“Because we are not publicly funded, we are not restricted by geography whom we can serve. Clients can be from Warren or Washington state,” he said.

The Rescue Mission has a staff of 35 full-time employees and 20 full-time equivalent volunteers who provide about 40,000 volunteer hours a year.

Programs, for example, include recovery groups for drug and alcohol addicts and life-skills classes that teach how to be a mother and how to run a household, Echement said.

He said the makeup of the clients is changing.

This is the first year since the Rescue Mission began recording such information that it is consistently serving more women and children than men; and the daily census has increased.

“For the past 15 years, the number of overnight clients has averaged about 70. For the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 (Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2012), the number of overnight clients averaged 83, and most of the increase was because of more women and children,” Echement said.


1whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

This is where all food card money should be alloted. If your on food stamps you must go to a soup kitchen. Not having the ability to buy steak , candy, shrimp with your food card.

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2CassAnn(252 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

There are always some that abuse the system, but trust me, most people on food stamps are not buying candy, steak, and shrimp. I used to work in a grocery store and I have seen all kinds. I am guessing you also want to pay these people's transportation costs to the soup kitchen and their medical bills when they spread viruses in a group too?

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3block50(128 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank you CassAnn. So many people just sit at home and make this stuff up while listening to talk radio all day. I came in regular contact with food stamp and assistance recipients for years. Those resources are put to good use. And I would never begrudge a mother buying her kids a few pieces of candy. So many of us are 1 missed paycheck from needing the Rescue Mission. And for so many that little piece of assistance is a lifesaver.

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4gingerspice(142 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Amen "block50!" How judgemental some of us are! All of us are one paycheck away from needing the services of the Rescue Mission and living in subsidized housing or under a bridge! All it takes is one catastrophic event! For those of you who feel you are above this, give GOD the GLORY!!

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5legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

and stop clogging up our hospital ER's so those of us that got legitmate emergencies and pay our frickin bills don't have to wait 3 hours!

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6walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why is it that people look to the govt for the solution to their problems? The solution is first and foremost in the mirror. Now, I also realize that there are a certain sector in the population that is in need of basic assistance and that should first be supplied by the families, then friends, then the church and other agencies, and lastly by the govt. As a Christian, Jesus instructs us to help the poor and infirmed and this is a personal mission. It is up to us as an individual to provide the help. Saying that the govt should do it is like being a checkbook father. Here's your money and it is now someone elses problem.

Since the Rescue Mission preaches the Word of God, they can't have any govt money because of the fictitious separation of church and state. But, they do a fantastic job and I try to provide them whatever I can because I know that they are on the front lines in the battle to get people out of poverty. Send them a donation of money, help them in the kitchen, give them your used clothing and other articles instead of having a garage sale. These people know how to get the help to those that are truly needy!

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7DwightK(1537 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The Rescue Mission is a worthy cause and it should be supported by the people of this area. They are one of my favorite local charities precisely because they help people get back on their feet.

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Some facts . That maybe the know it alls may have missed

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988napolitano(16 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

One simple thing.Any deadbeat,lazy,freeloader that gets cash,food stamps,even perhaps a medical card should Definately be subject to random drug testing! I have worked and had insurance for 24 yrs.I lost my coverage a few yrs. ago.I have health issues and I cant even get a med. card.Yet I see these freakin 20 yr. olds that have insurance. they never even worked! Selling their meds and playin the system. Pill count them and make them piss in a cup.We need some serious changes!Oh,1 more thing.After the second or third kid,all by different daddys,mind you cut off her damn benefits.I wont get started!

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10gingerspice(142 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Not necessarily "THOMAS53".

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11whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow just got back from "WORK" looks like a few knuckleheads stirring it up.

Ok then here is a idea give out seeds and shovels,

If you cant make it to the kitchen at least you will have some veggies.

This whole system is wacked, Big Brother got everyone fighting amongst themselves.

And dependant on the Man for existance,
cmon people 6 generations of welfare recipients.

I understand being down and out, but alot of people continue to make poor choices.

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