New homeless men’s facility kicks off in Pasco

New homeless men's facility
New homeless men’s facility kicks off in Pasco

A ground-breaking moment that will save lives is scheduled to take place Thursday.

After six years of preparation the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission will kick off construction of a new 40,000 square foot men’s facility.

The mission says the community’s generosity made the project happen.

“A tremendous love act for everyone in the Tri-Cities to say you know hey we’re really behind this,” Tri-City Union Gospel Mission Men’s Service Director, Byron Brooks said.

While one homeless man says the mission already changed him.

“It’s helping me maintain my sobriety and it’s helping me with everything in life, if it can help more people that would be a great thing,” homeless community member, Derek Berry said.

Most of the $9 million dollars needed came from private donations while the rest came from grants.

The new building will be sixteen times bigger than the current one, with 164 beds.

The ground-breaking ceremony tomorrow starts at 11:30 a.m. on 3rd Avenue and Columbia Street in Pasco.