By Colleen Lockhart
After several setbacks, the Geauga County Faith Rescue Mission’s application for a variance to open a rescue shelter for men at 339 Washington Street in Chardon has received approval from the Chardon Planning Commission.
Those who are ministered to at the shelter will find a renewed life filled with faith, hope, purpose and financial independence. The rescue shelter will house up to six men at one time following a structured day with everyone contributing to housework, cooking, educational instruction, and daily life skills.
The first step is to secure the property and obtain a loan to complete the purchase with the goal of opening in 2020. A building committee has been formed to oversee the renovations which include ADA accessibility and additional bathrooms. Once the renovations are completed, the shelter will be ready to accept appliances, furniture, household items, clothing, food and personal care items.
The search for an Executive Director has begun and resumes are being accepted. Candidates must be able to represent the mission of GFRM, have ministerial and financial experience with the ability to build relationships and instill value and stability in an individual’s life.
GFRM would love to be debt free when the shelter opens. The GFRM annual dinner and baskets auction will be held at Notre Dame Educational Center, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon (44024) on Saturday, October 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. Author and speaker Arthur Brite and GFRM founder Mike Ferrell are among the featured guests. Reservations are required, tickets are available to purchase now on GFRM Facebook or www.gfrmission.org for $25 through www.Eventbrite.com. Tables of 7 may be reserved upon request. Sponsorships are available. Call 440-313-8981 for information.