Faith Refuge Opens

One long standing Wichita Falls organization is starting a new chapter that will serve the homeless.  Faith Mission is celebrating the grand opening of their new facility, Faith Refuge.  Officials and citizens of Texoma gathered around the new facility sure to help out the needy of Texoma May 3, 2012.

For years, Faith Mission's downtown location has been a haven for homeless men and women, but now this new location will focus on supporting struggling women and mothers.

It was important to have the community's involvement because they played such a big role in making this long time goal a reality.

It has been a year of construction and renovation, but May 3, 2012, Faith Mission donors, volunteers, and employees prepare to celebrate.

"We are so excited today is the year after the groundbreaking for the building," said Marketing Director Vicky Payne.  "We are now growing with two shelters."

Faith Mission has served the Wichita Falls community since 1958. Faith Refuge is the mission's long awaited project, built specifically to serve women and families.

Payne said the the need for a facility like this is great.

"The growth in homelessness over the past five years in America has been with women and families and so we are answering that need."

Faith Refuge is meant to be the mission's response to the community's growing number of homeless.

"It is an issue for the whole community and it is the community's responsibility to answer that need," she said.

This building has truly been a community project.  Payne said the amount of financial and material donations is what helped build these walls.

"It could not have been done without the community."

These beds were built by Workforce and are just one example of how the Texoma community has played a part in bringing this new facility to life.

It was a big undertaking a 24,000 square foot facility that cost more than four million dollars, but it was the help from donors that allowed the mission to do it all debt free.

"It's been a three year long capital campaign from scratch to completion," Paye explained.

They ask that the donations don't stop here.  The pantry needs filling and helping hands are always appreciated.

"We will depend on the community for continued support for sustainability."

If you are interested in volunteering you can call Faith Mission at (940) 723-5663 for more information.

Food donations can be brought to Faith Refuge at 710 E. Hatton Rd., but they ask that all clothing and furniture donations still be taken to Faith Mission on Travis.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.