MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

December 5, 2012

Help mission help more women

The Gospel Rescue Mission wants to help more women.

Director Jack Murr said the shelter has seen a 41 percent increase in the number of clients needing help this year.

The men’s dormitory was expanded earlier this year.

Murr said the mission has the space for more women, but the women’s program needs more security and supervision. He said the mission can serve up to four single women and two women with children — or 10 individuals.

But the mission could help more women.

“Once we have the women’s director trained, we can serve 20 individuals,” Murr said. “The weather is the deciding factor. If we have freezing temperatures, we’re bringing them in, period.”

Shannon Rogers is working part time as the mission’s women’s director as she undergoes training for the job.

Murr said the Gospel Rescue Mission’s board will decide in February if it will hire Rogers full time.

So, the mission has a candidate for the supervision to serve more women.

But improving security for the second floor of the mission where the women are housed will take money.

Murr said the mission needs $1,000 to $1,500 for second-floor security cameras, which he hopes could be installed in mid-December.

Also, two shower stalls in the women’s section need  repair or replacing because they are leaking into the downstairs, Murr said. “Right now, we’re down to one shower stall.”

The Gospel Rescue Mission is much needed here.

Help it help more women.

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