The city of Memphis is celebrating the opening of a multi-million dollar facility boasted as a model for Christian homeless ministries in America.
The Calvary Rescue Mission held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for its new modernized center for homeless men on South Third Street. The capacity reaches up to 108 men, and the building includes classrooms, counseling rooms, and offices.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland agrees with organizers who say the homeless deserve a decent place to rehabilitate their lives.
“It’s more than just housing the homeless,” said Strickland. “… which in itself is incredible. But I think the love and support they get here is to lift them up out a life of homelessness. To get a job, to get job training. To move beyond the streets.”
For its 51 years, Calvary Rescue Mission has been supported entirely by private funding.