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May 28, 2012 Shawnee Rescue Mission is gearing up for the upcoming renovation of their recently purchased building located at 204 North Louisa, Shawnee.  Mission founders, Glenn and Melissa Blankenship, along with SRM Board of Directors, have decided to temporarily close the day shelter portion of the mission until after the renovations are completed.

Bill Holley, SRM Board Chairman, said “out of concern for the safety of the clients we serve, we felt it was a wise decision to go ahead and close the day shelter now before construction begins. Also, until the building is renovated, we are limited in the kinds of services we can provide in our current day shelter space.”

“Even though the day shelter will be temporarily closed, we will still be busy with mission work” said SRM Director, Melissa Blankenship. “We will continue with our emergency food pantry program, job placement services, free clothes closet and sponsor some special outreach events for mission clients and the community in the park providing free crucial basic needs such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and toilet paper.  Focusing on getting programs, services, and procedures in place for when we open up after construction is completed will also occupy much of our time.”

"The food pantry has been a answer to prayer to so many families having a hard time, " said Glenn "The missions emergency food pantry gave out over $1,000,000 dollars worth of grocerys last year, all from Feed the Children and Regional Foodbank and by our volunteer staff."

“When Melissa started this ministry over 10 years ago, she was feeding sandwiches to the homeless out of the back of her car” said Glenn Blankenship.  “We could not have imagined the phenomenal growth we have experienced since that time.  We are very excited to see how God will continue to bless this ministry to the homeless and impoverished in Shawnee.  The needs are great, but we believe God will be faithful to provide.”

“We are excited about the future, but there is a lot to do." states Melissa "We just received a ‘perfect’ score on our financial audit which positions us for support from United Way and quickly move into our renovation. Financial support is strong, volunteers are linning up to help.  We have a great board who has encouraged us and provided sound business and financial management structure to the mission.

If you would like to learn more about SRM, please visit our facebook page or website . We invite everyone in the community to come by for a visit and see where they can plug in. The volunteers make it all happen. We are committed to making the Shawnee Rescue mission an organization for which the people of Shawnee can be proud.”

We are blessed to have our local & statewide media outlets cover different events. Below are the links to those...

  • A local non-profit organization that helps assist the homeless, near homeless and others in need in the Pottawatomie County area announced Tuesday they were awarded a $450,000 grant from the Affordable Housing Program.  Read More
  • Every Wednesday, the Shawnee Rescue Mission feeds the homeless at Shawnee Public Library.  "It's not just us. The whole community comes together, businesses, churches, everyone wants to help," said Glenn Blankenship, the co-founder... Read More

  • Unity Health Center announced Friday it has given $175,000 for the purchase of a building to be used as a homeless shelter for Shawnee Rescue Mission at the old Lamar building on Ninth and Louisa streets.  Read More
  • First Lady Kim Henry said the Sarkeys Foundation board of directors unanimously approved a $175,000 matching grant to be awarded to Shawnee Rescue Mission for the purchase of a building at Ninth and Louisa streets in Shawnee.  Read More
  • A 1995 Seminole High School graduate and full-time career musician, King David, will perform a free concert to benefit Shawnee Rescue Mission 7 p.m. April 16 at Starbucks Coffee, 4725 N. Kickapoo St.  Read More
  • First Lady Kim Henry spoke this week to a room full of guests regarding the issue of homelessness and near homelessness in Shawnee during a fundraiser dinner held for Shawnee Rescue Mission.  “Homelessness is not an individual problem, it’s a problem that faces our whole community,” she said. “If homelessness is a community problem, it takes a whole community working together to make a difference.”  Read More
  • Shawnee Rescue Mission held a reception and open house this week at the Lamar building, which the mission hopes to purchase as a future “one-stop resource shop” for the homeless and near homeless in Shawnee... Read More
  • A refuge.  That’s what three young area residents want for the homeless in Shawnee area. And their determination and commitment to that cause brought the Governor and First Lady back to their hometown Tuesday night to help...Read More
  • There is new hope for the homeless and the “near homeless” in Shawnee and the surrounding areas, and Oklahoma’s first lady Kim Henry has vowed to give her support to transform that hope into reality...Read More

  • Her eyes glittered with tears, her hands and lips trembled and her voice rose and lifted as “Elaine” spoke about this winter’s bitter cold, her children she seldom sees, the mother for whom she worries and her more than 35 years of on-again off-again homelessness...Read more



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For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. - Matthew 25:35

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