Kalamazoo Gospel Mission seeking donations for new women’s center

Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 17:24:27-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission has been serving the homeless for more than 80 years, providing hot meals and warm beds to those in need.

Recently, though, they've had to turn people away because their women's center is crumbling.

Directors with the gospel mission say they hate turning people away, that it's one of the worst parts of their job.  They say they don't have a choice.

The women's center has holes in the walls, tattered ceilings and caution tape all around.  Gospel mission officials say it's unlivable, and they have no choice but to leave it empty until something can be done.

They're on a mission to raise $7 million to tear the place down and start fresh.  So far, they've raised $2.2 million through public donations.  They're hoping the community will continue to come through so they can provide a much needed space for the homeless.

Maureen Best, director of the women and children's ministry, says they'd like to start construction soon so they don't have to keep turning people away.

You can donate to the gospel mission here.