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Work progressing quickly on new Evansville Rescue Mission

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When the weather takes a cold turn, we think more about our local homeless, but it's not just during the cold weather, that the Evansville Rescue Mission provides a roof and meals to those in need.

For some residents of the current Evansville Rescue Mission just getting around is a struggle. Lloyd Rankin walks with a cane.

"Sometimes it's a little difficult," said Rankin. "Trying to manage the stairs it take me some work sometimes."

But he won't have to worry about that for much longer. Construction at the new property is moving rapidly.

"We're actually starting to lay out where the walls are going to go," said Tracy Gorman, Evansville Rescue Mission CEO.

Gorman said the new kitchen is twice as big as the current one.

Once complete with donated furniture from a Chik-Fil-A restaurant, it will become a hall where people eat and meet. They have 35,000 square feet of space to work with that translates to being able to help more people.

"We'll be able to in this building to have 160-170 guys when we need to and for evening meal be able to feed about 200," said Gorman. "Right now it's about 150."

Another plus of the building, there's no stairs, which means the building is handicap accessible. For Rankin, that's the best change of all.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said. I can't wait to see it."

It hasn't been a cheap project, the new property costs $750,000, and the renovations about $700,000. 

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