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Rescue Mission Shelter Opens in Ithaca
ITHACA (WENY)-- It's been a very long and brutal winter and there are many people who don't have a place to keep warm.
The Rescue Mission in Ithaca had their grand opening today. It's giving people a second chance and a place to live.
"I hope that we can ultimately, celebrate more and more people moving out of homelessness," says Alan Thornton, CEO of Rescue Mission Alliance. "Finding employment, finding houses and getting the help they need to live a full life."
Shelter workers, the mayor of Ithaca, and its residents cut the ribbon, making it official.
The building used to house the American Red Cross.
"The Red Cross did a wonderful job but the rescue mission has a more intense purpose and a broader appeal," says Svante Myrick, Ithaca's mayor.
Since the Rescue Mission opened on March 1st, 18 people have been placed into permanent housing and half a dozen people have found jobs.
"From a mission standpoint, we share hope that your life doesnt have to be determined that you're homeless at this point in time," says Thornton. "And that we are serious about ending hunger and homelessness."
The shelter has 15 single room for people at night and food and shelter for many during the day.
"I had nowhere to go and they gave me a place to stay," says Angelo Baez, a resident of the Rescue Mission Shelter.
Baez has been living in the shelter for three weeks with his two sons. He says the workers have been a tremendous help.
"They are really nice people, friendly people, and without them I don't know where I would be," says Baez.
He's taking each day step by step but he's happy to be off the streets, and thankful for a roof over his head.
"They know I love them and we're going to make it, it's just going to take time. Thanks to a place like this, it gave us a roof over our head," says Baez.