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Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission to host open house

Tours of the new facility in the 600 block of West King Street will be offered

April 11, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission is inviting the community to attend an open house on April 21 for the mission’s new 78-bed facility, which is set to open in May.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tours of the new facility in the 600 block of West King Street will be offered and refreshments will be provided.

“This is a special day for us,”  Mission president Harry Young said in a news release announcing the open house.

“We'd like for everyone in the community to come out and see how their gifts of labor and financial support have come to fruition.”

The new facility includes dormitory-style and private rooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and dinning room, a computer room and a training room, among other features. The original estimated cost of the building was $3.4 million, according to the organization. 

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“So far we have managed not to borrow any money for the project, but funds are getting tight as we get closer to the project’s end,” Mission Building Committee Chair Terry Lindsay said in the release.

After moving into the new facility, the Rescue Mission will tear down the old mission building for a 32-space parking lot.

“We continue to be amazed and grateful for the generous outpouring of support we've received,” said Lindsay, who welcomed continued financial support for the transition.

The Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission, which has served the Martinsburg area for more than 50 years, offers homeless men a place to live and Christian-based programs.

The mission says it operates solely through community donations and income generated by operating a thrift store and recycling center. The mission broke ground on the new facility in May 2010.

More information about the event can be obtained by contacting the Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission at 304-263-6901.

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