Rescue mission celebrates construction milestone

A lakeside organization recently celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new facility.

The Muskegon Rescue Mission (MRM), Tuesday, Aug. 9, joined construction partners in a closing ceremony for the structural completion of its new multipurpose facility at 1747 Seventh St., directly behind the shelter for men of the mission.

Steel crew from Ada-based Dan Vos Construction Company hoisted the final beam, which was adorned with Bible verses and the signatures of MRM’s board and staff, to the top of the new structure on Tuesday.

“(This milestone) is an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable work done to date,” said Dan Skoglund, Executive Director of MRM.

When complete, the 16,000 square foot facility will serve as a community resource center and house Bright Futures Daycare and Preschool, an affordable childcare option for low-income families.

MRM sought financial support for the project through Rise Up Together, a $5 million fundraising campaign.

Skoglund said community and donor support has been “phenomenal” so far with $4.8 million pledged and more than $3.6 million donated. The organization is now in its Fund the Finish campaign phase to gain support for finishes such as furniture.

The property aims to open in January 2023.

DL Morse and Associates, based in Muskegon, is the general contractor for the project.

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