Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
Ruth Wagner of Aurora, 101, left, was among ceremonial groundbreakers for an $8.6 million Wayside Cross Ministries addition Aurora Friday. Wagner was the WCM's first female board member. Kirk Albinson, a member of the construction committee, presided. WCM photo.
With prayers, shovels and demolition equipment working in the background, Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM) of Aurora launched an $8.6 million addition last Friday.
Outdoor groundbreaking ceremonies were held at a parking opposite the site.
The 47,000-square-foot, four-story facility will be at 215 E. New York St. in Aurora.
Two 100-year-old WCM buildings will be razed to accomodate the addition, scheduled to open in December 2014.
Founded in June 1928, Wayside Cross Rescue Mission, WCM's predecessor, was opened at 41 E New York St. by volunteers to aid growing numbers of transient men in downtown Auora.
The rescue mission evolved from one ministry to to six bible-based ministries serving men, women, children, at-risk youth, incarcerated persons and ex-offenders in the Chicago area.
The addition will house classrooms, counseling offices, a kitchen, dining hall and living quarters for men enrolled in seven to 18-month rehabilitation programs.
Kirk Albinson, a member of the construction committee, presided at the ceremony.
The 47,000-square-foot, four-story facility is scheduled to open in December 2014. WCM image.
Speakers included U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, James Lukose, WCM executive director; and Michael McClelland, a WCM program graduate who became resident staff member.
Albinson said WCM financed the addition with a "Bridge to Life" campaign that raised $4.5 million, a $500,000 grant from the Aurora-based Dunham Fund and $2.7 million from New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) allocated by Consortium Capital of Washington, D.C.
Additional financing was provided by U.S. Bank and HomeTown National Bank of LaSalle, Ill. About $1.1 million remains to be raised.
WCM Executive Director James Lukose said, "This is a great time of rejoicing, praise, and thanksgiving to God and to our savior, Jesus Christ.
"Our great pool of donors, financing by HNB and finally the NMTC equity has put this building project in the fast lane.
"Humanly speaking, this became a reality by the tremendous support from the U.S. Bank leadership team at both their Chicago and St. Louis offices.
"This new building will truly be a great tool for blessing to our resident men and for our staff and volunteers for years to come."
WCM has six ministry divisions: Master’s Touch Ministry for men and Lifespring Ministry for women and children, Hope Outreach, Elgin Wayside Center day facility and support program, the DuPage County Initiative for the homeless, New Life Corrections Ministry for youth and adult offenders in Illinois prisons, and Urban Youth Ministry for Aurora’s youth in at-risk areas and circumstances.
Call (630) 723-3419 or visit waysidecross.org for more information.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:27