Boise Rescue Mission has purchased the former O.G. Bad Academy building at 304 16th Avenue North in Nampa.
“This is the first important step to providing a Mission for homeless women and children in Nampa” said Mission director, Rev. Bill Roscoe, in a press release.
The Mission plans to remodel the building, move the men from the Nampa Lighthouse Mission into it while demolishing the existing Lighthouse Mission and rebuilding on that site. Then, the men will move back to Caldwell Blvd., and the 16th Avenue Mission will be opened to serve women and children.
“We have a way to go on our fundraising for the remodel” Roscoe said, “but, we should be able to start the work early next month. Our hope is to be in the new building this October. Then the bulldozers go to work on the old building.”
Roscoe says that there is a nationwide trend in the rising numbers of homeless women and women with children. “For over 10 years we have experienced an annual increase in the numbers of women and children in shelter” he said. At the Missions City Light shelter in Boise, the numbers of women and children in shelter was 30 percent higher last year than in 2010, Roscoe said.
“In Canyon County, there really are no emergency shelter beds for homeless women and children who are not victims of domestic violence. This need has to be met” Roscoe said, adding, “The reasons for homelessness for women and kids are usually related to domestic violence, alcohol and drug use, and unemployment. But recently, unemployment and under-employment are also primary causes for a single-mom and kids to become homeless.”
The nonprofit Rescue Mission is in a capital fundraising campaign to fund the work. Anyone wishing to contribute can contact the Mission office at 343-2389 or online at www.boiseRM.org.