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Springs Rescue Mission completes new homeless day center

September 13, 2017 Updated: September 13, 2017 at 5:20 pm
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photo - FILE - Resourse center manager Cari Parchinski and community relations director Stu Davis talk over details for the Springs Rescue Mission's new rescue center Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE - Resourse center manager Cari Parchinski and community relations director Stu Davis talk over details for the Springs Rescue Mission's new rescue center Tuesday, April 25, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Colorado Springs' wait for a homeless day center is finally over.

Springs Rescue Mission opened the second half of its resource center this week - bringing to completion a project that homeless advocates have been seeking for years.

The 11,000 square-foot center marks the latest addition to the nonprofit's burgeoning campus off Las Vegas Street, west of Tejon Street. And it acts as a one-stop shop for myriad services that were either exceedingly hard to find, or spread out across several miles of Colorado Springs.

The recently-completed section includes a laundry room with six washers and six driers and a classroom with a small library.

Most importantly, it includes two clinic rooms and several offices for other nonprofits to set up shop. The arrangement allows people to access the Department of Human Services, AspenPointe, the Department of Veteran Affairs and several other services under one roof.

"Even though it's boring office space, what is happening here is unprecedented," said Thomas Voss, a Springs Rescue Mission spokesman.

The addition compliments the resource center's first half, which was completed in April. That section included 16 showers, 14 outlets to charge cell pones and an expansive and well-decorated waiting room with raised tables fashioned with wood taken from an old bowling alley lane.

The center is open every day from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In late 2016, the nonprofit completed a massive new shelter that has since accommodated hundreds of people a night.

A massive kitchen, dining room and welcome center are planned to the west - though it's dependent upon the nonprofit raising an additional $2.5 million.

And the nonprofit plans to break ground later this year on a 65-unit apartment complex. The facility, called Greenway Flats, is part of a joint project with Nor'wood Development Group that's largely being financed through low income housing tax credits.

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Contact Jakob Rodgers: 476-1654

Twitter: @jakobrodgers

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