PASCO, WA - The Union Gospel Mission has been serving the homeless in the Tri-Cities and other people in need for years. Now they need a little help themselves.
It is something the mission has been looking to do for decades and now it has become necessary. With the booming population of the Tri-Cities they are running out of room at the mission. So now their new mission is to move to a bigger location.
"The Tri-Cities has been growing pretty fast the last 10 years and the population has gone up," said Andrew Porter, the Associate Executive Director at the mission. "The mission here has been here since 1958."
The building they operate in has been around for over a century. As they move forward with a new plan for the Tri-Cities that will cover the span of the next 50-100 years, step one is moving out of their current home.
"It's old, it's falling apart and just not enough room to work with people," said Porter. He says a new facility has been designed and the lot already chosen on 3rd Avenue all that is left is the final push for funding. "In about the last year and a half we've been raising funds for the mission. It's an 8.9 million dollar project."
They have already raised about 5.5 million dollars from generous donations and grants and as we head into the holiday season they're hoping people of the Tri-Cities will be generous.
"We're just really thankful to the community for all they've done for us."
The mission wants to break ground in 2015, but they cannot do it without you. If you would like to donate funds for the new center to house the homeless you can go to their web site: http://www.tcugm.org/