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Temperatures Plummet, Pasco Mission Packed

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With overnight lows over the next several nights expected to plummet to the teens and possibly single digits, mission executive director Andrew Porter says he expects dozens of people seeking warm shelter. With overnight lows over the next several nights expected to plummet to the teens and possibly single digits, mission executive director Andrew Porter says he expects dozens of people seeking warm shelter.

PASCO, WA – On a typical night, the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission sleeps about 50 people.

With overnight lows over the next several nights expected to plummet to the teens and possibly single digits, mission executive director Andrew Porter says he expects about twice that many people seeking warm shelter.

"We're sleeping right now about ninety, last night," Porter says, "which means everybody except for 52 are on the floor. We have 52 beds in the building."

The mission is currently applying for federal grants and loans and private donations to build a new, $8.7 million, 46,000 square foot facility on nearly seven acres at the end of Third Avenue in Pasco. Once it opens, the existing building would be used to expand the shelter for women and children.

During December, Adams Tri-Cities Enterprises, the operators of the Tri-Cities McDonald's restaurants, donated 40 cents of every beverage sold to the Union Gospel Mission. Lee Adams, company president, says in 24 days, the company raised more then $125,000.

Porter says the mission needs slightly under $2,000,000 to begin construction. He says he is optimistic to get the new mission open by 2015.

For more information about the mission and to donate to the mission project, click here. 

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