Syracuse Rescue Mission breaks ground on new emergency shelter and day center

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Congratulations to the Rescue Mission of Syracuse who broke ground today on their new emergency shelter and day center. SWBR Architects is currently working with Rescue Mission on this project and the full Campus Master Plan.  Rescue Mission currently services Onondaga, Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Madison and Owego counties. The Rescue Mission campus sits on 8.5 acres in Downtown, Syracuse.  Currently in its initial planning phase, the first goal will be to open more space for those who need shelter.  On average, 246 people who might have been homeless, stay at the Rescue Mission nightly, according to it’s 2011 annual report.

The plan involves moving the shelter and day center to the recreation center.  This will simultaneously open up the shelter for more single rooms.  Currently, the day center has 28 single rooms that are always full.  This year the mission added 12 beds and 20 cots to its 120 beds already in the emergency shelter due to increased demand for services.

See a video of the event here: