Town Pump announced Wednesday that it's giving the Butte Rescue Mission up to $400,000 to help it establish a new homeless shelter.
The Town Pump Charitable Foundation said it has given the Mission a $200,000 grant to purchase land and buildings for a shelter and will match other donations up to an additional $200,000.
Mission officials plan to buy land and a vacant building at Platinum and Arizona streets near Butte’s warehouse district, then move portable housing units there to provide shelter for the homeless. The building will be used for administrative offices and support services for those in need.
“We believe it is incumbent upon us as members of the community of Butte to assist those in need," the Foundation's Maureen Kenneally said in a news release. "This is a vital investment in our community. We have had, and we need to have, a place to help our neighbors.
“The Rescue Mission has served southwest Montana for over 40 years," Kenneally said. "With the new and expanded services it will provide, people will get the help they need to be restored and uplifted. We are grateful for Rocky Lyons and the Butte Rescue Mission Board for their leadership and ministry to deliver both healing and nourishment for the body, mind and spirit.”
Lyons, the Mission’s executive director, said the donation will help immensely.
“What a great blessing that Town Pump would get behind us and back us in investing in southwest Montana,” she said. “They are investing in what they believe in and that is incredible.”
The Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board OK’d the planned site for the shelter, but the Mission must close on the land purchase, get water, sewer and gas hookups in place and meet other requirements before opening the shelter.
Lyons has said she is confident that enough money will be raised and all requirements will be met so the shelter can open in the early fall.