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The LightHouse Women and Children’s Center groundbreaking event will take place on August 23

Hope Rescue Mission will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new residential center for women and children on its 5-acre campus at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd.

The massive development project to transform a 25,000 square foot thrift store into a LightHouse Women and Children’s Center began in January 2020 when they launched their fundraising campaign which was later halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 19. Campaign efforts were reignited at the May 1, 2022 Gala of Hope and will continue as construction costs have increased by $2 million since the project began.

The unique aspect of this project is that the shelter will be open to any woman who needs a safe place to stay. This includes women with children, single women and unaccompanied young people. The project includes the creation of 43 residential rooms, each with a private toilet. It will accommodate a total of 125 women and children. This design was intended to provide each woman with privacy and dignity, while reducing public health issues common in dormitories.

“Our goal is to create an environment of safety, dignity and compassion,” said Kate Alley, executive director of LightHouse Women & Children’s Center, part of Hope Rescue Mission. “We will help these women get back on their feet while creating a residential center that does not look or feel like a typical shelter.

This initiative includes a partnership with a local furniture store, Ethosource, which shares its expertise by contributing to space planning and furniture design, consultation for interior finishes, such as flooring and color selection, as well as an in-kind donation that will cover part of the furniture costs.

“As a company, we strive to support the communities in which we live and work with our expertise and furnishings to enable positive developments in our neighbors,” said Ethosource President and Owner John Gallen. “We are proud to be part of such an important project within our community and look forward to creating an aesthetically beautiful place for women and children in need to turn to. »

Speaking about the event, CEO Robert Turchi said, “For 128 years, Hope Rescue Mission has served homeless men with care and dedication and we are thrilled to meet the urgent need in Berks County to help women and children now too.

Senator Judy Schwank, Commissioner Christian Leinbach, Mayor Eddie Moran, Jim Smith, Esq., Vice President, Hope Rescue Mission Board of Directors, Dr. Chris DiVietro, Sr. Pastor, Park Road, will attend groundbreaking ceremony. Presbyterian Church

For more information, please contact: Kate Alley [email protected] 610-375-4224 Or visit: www.hopeforreading.org/lighthouse