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Open Door Mission to expand

Rochester, N.Y. --- There are plans in the work for an expansion of the Open Door Mission in Rochester.

For 62-years the not-for-profit has provided food and shelter for homeless men in this community.  But now the Mission is looking to expand its reach to women and children in need.

"Primarily there's a real need to accommodate more homeless women and then homeless women who have children, there's just not enough dignified facilities to accommodate everyone, said Christopher Scribani of the Open Door Mission.  "The Mission is hoping to be part of that solution where we can house some women in the near future, somewhere around the number of forty beds for women; maybe we can have another facility that does that.

The Open Door Mission is in the process of settling on a location for a new facility to accommodate the possibility of forty to sixty beds that would serve women and women with children.  It would be a property near the citys center to serve the greatest number of those in needs.  A location not far from the current West Main Street facility might be preferred but all of that is still part of ongoing conversations.

The Open Door Mission remains optimistic about support theyve received over the years from new Mayor Lovely Warren of Rochester and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

With Rochester now listed among the nations five poorest cities the need in the coming years for these services is expected to remain constant.

"There is over 1,500-plus children without a permanent address, said Scribani.  There are not a whole lot of beds in Rochester for women (and) if the population keeps growing everyone is running short on being able to house women.

A formal announcement of completed plans to expand is expected in the Spring of 2014.

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