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.
601 N. Kansas acquired for offices and thrift store. In the mid 1970’s the upstairs was used for sheltering homeless women and children.
It was March 1989. I can still vividly recall the phone call I received at home from one of our staff members who was frantically sharing that a huge limestone rock had just fallen through the drop ceiling of the shelter. Not only that, but the place where the large rock fell was directly on top of a chair that a guest had been sitting in just moments before. So goes the story that led up to the building of a 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. Read the rest of the story.
Northwest Curtis across the street from the main shelter a 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.
Due to the increase in number of families and children, the old playground facility needed to be updated to meet the increased need.
Operation Street Reach was created to reach out to unsheltered homeless individuals not currently receiving Mission services.
In 2015 the Oakland Christian Church donated the building they had been using at 1001 NE Michigan to TRM to be used as a Neighborhood Empowerment and Transformation Center. It is used as the offices for Doxazo Ministries and as a worship venue for weekly staff enrichment as well as other purposes.
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.
901 N. Kansas Thrift Store acquired, providing free or low cost clothing and household items to the needy.
Old building at 607 demolished, and original playground for children developed.
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.
The 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.
NET Reach, was created by the Mission to further expand services into areas of the community experiencing homelessness, hunger, poverty and crime.
April 21, 2017 TRM Ministries opens a new upscale thrift store called TRM Boutique on the Boulevard at 3400 S. Topeka Blvd.
Coming this spring: the opening of the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries Children’s Palace.