Local

Charlotte Rescue Mission breaks ground for new building in uptown

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Rescue Mission broke ground Thursday for its new men’s building in uptown Charlotte.

[ALSO READ: Charlotte Rescue Mission community campaign will help men in recovery]

The Miracle at Cedar Street, a capital campaign, was created to fund the new men’s facility on West First Avenue in Third Ward.

The mission helps men and women, predominately homeless addicted, who are fighting addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

The recovery program is free at the current facility, which is nearly 100 years old.

“Our current residents sleep in a barracks-style housing,” said Sarah Ann Schultz, the mission’s communications and marketing manager.

She said more than 100 men could be in one room.

“So it’s hard to contain the spread of illness,” Schultz said.

The mission has been trying to raise $37 million to pay for the construction and is still trying to reach that goal.

(Watch the video below: Charlotte Rescue Mission community campaign will help men in recovery)