WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — It was one month ago today when a midnight fire raced through the Washington City Mission.
There is no longer a kitchen at the mission, it, along with the dining area was destroyed by the fire exactly one month, and that’s where the mission still needs help from the public.
“We are asking individuals and groups if they would mind bringing in a prepared meals for 100 people, and then allowing us to serve it from the Bible Chapel Kitchen, which we do,” said Dr. Sally Mounts, with the shelter.
The Washington City Mission serves 92,000 meals a year. That boils down to about 300 meals a day.
“At this point, we don’t have the facilities to prepare and serve meals, which is why we are asking for them to be prepared and brought in,” said Mounts.
When the fire broke out June 9, 66 homeless men were forced out of the burning building. Their shelter sustained smoke and water damage.
The women’s shelter was untouched.
Red Cross cots have been temporarily set up in the cafeteria at Washington High School for the men, but that will change when school begins.
“In the next upcoming weeks, we hope to bring in a series of mobile living trailers and put them on a space near the thrift store. We will be putting the men in those trailers,” says Mounts.
It could take as long as nine months before the shelter and kitchen are ready for use again. A new kitchen and dining area will be rebuilt, but it has not been determined if it will be housed in the city mission building.
The people of Washington County really stepped up to the plate after the fire and they are still giving, and for that the mission says thank you.