A two year renovation project to open a women's and family shelter at the Muskegon Rescue Mission was recently completed.

It's a new resource in the community that will keep families who become homeless together as they work get back on their feet.

The shelter at West Dale Ave. and Peck St. has 64 beds.

The renovation project that finished at the end of 2017 exceeds $1 million. The Muskegon Rescue Mission now has space to allow entire family units space to sleep under the same roof.

"A mom with teenage boys or a dad with kids," said Dan Skoglund, Executive Director Muskegon Rescue Mission.

The mission wanted to get this facility open as soon as possible. So it went ahead and purchased all the necessary furnishings to complete the project.

"We had to go buy it or we couldn't open our doors," Skoglund said.

The mission is hopeful the Muskegon community will support a Finishing Touches sponsorship campaign.

Skoglund says individuals and community groups can sponsor and cover the cost of furnishings. There's everything from waste baskets for $5.00 up to bunk beds for $800.

The Muskegon Rescue Mission opened in 1907.

The new Women's and Family Shelter allows the mission to continue meeting community needs, but in a new way.

"It's a service that's beyond exciting to offer to our community," Skoglund said.

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