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Local relief services in Colorado Springs are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of homeless and at-risk residents. Springs Rescue Mission sought to extend their mission of dignity for their residents by reaching out to RTA to aid in the creation of a comprehensive master plan. The condition and size of the existing facilities was found to be inhibiting the ability of the mission to efficiently function. After helping the Mission with their fundraising efforts, RTA began work on a two-phase redesigned campus.
The first step in phase one was completed in November 2016 with the opening of the expanded shelter to house the city’s most vulnerable during the winter months. The additional space can accommodate 168 beds with room for an additional 32 mats on the floor, and beams from trees impacted by the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires were utilized in the design to serve as a symbol of hope. The end of phase one was marked in September 2017 with the completion of the $17 million Resource Center expansion. Only 50-feet away from the new shelter space, the Resource Center solidifies the Mission as a campus. With 16 showers, laundry machines, a recreational area, and office space for government and non-profit agencies, the Resource Center is a hub for services that residents would normally have to walk about 5 miles in a day to access.
With 12 agencies currently on site to offer services including job training and mental health resources, the Mission is able to do much more than just providing a warm place to sleep. Currently in the fundraising phase, Phase 2 will entail expanding the existing kitchen and dining area to help serve their average 350 guests per day.