Faith with its Sleeves Rolled Up
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Topeka Rescue Mission

History

1953

It began with a prayer, faith that God would make a way and a deep desire to help those who were hungry and homeless. From a small room on E. 4th Street, in 1953, to the 600 block of N. Kansas Avenue, the Mission has seen many changes



1959

1959-607 N. Kansas acquired, serving 20-30 men each night. Also housed the Mission kitchen, dining room, and chapel. Demolished in 1992 to make room for the children’s playground.



1964

601 N. Kansas acquired for offices and thrift store. In the mid 1970′s the upstairs was used for sheltering homeless women and children.



1987

1987-901 N. Kansas Thrift Store acquired, providing free or low cost clothing and household items to the needy.



1991

New $1.7 million building at 600 N. Kansas Ave. for homeless men, women and families, serving 100+ people each night. Including a new kitchen, dining room, chapel, and education space.



1992

Old building at 607 demolished, and original playground for children developed.



2000

116 N.W. Curtis new $2 million shelter built for homeless women and families. Sheltering over 100 people each night. Recently using dayroom floor space to accommodate people as rooms are full most of the time.



2004

401 N.W. Norris-Distribution Center for food and supply storage, meeting needs of the poor in the community. Acquired due to need for additional space and poor condition of building at 601 N. Kansas.



2007

PlaygroundDue to the increase in number of families, the old playground facility needed to be updated to meet the increased need



2010

Thrift StoreThe Thrift Store served for 22 years at 901 N. Kansas Ave, but this location was evacuated as it was unsafe to our staff and shoppers because of structural concerns of an adjacent building. After many prayers and support from our donors, the Topeka Rescue Mission purchased the former Our Father’s Table and Grocery Surplus, located at 1312 N. Kansas Ave.



2011

Operation Street Reach was created to reach out to unsheltered homeless individuals not currently receiving Mission services.



2013

Two Ministries working togetherA sister organization “NET Reach” was created by the Mission to further expand services into areas of the community experiencing homelessness, hunger, poverty and crime. Other expansion efforts to address growing needs are also in process.