The Panama City Rescue Mission has been undergoing some changes, but Mission leaders say its new direction is designed to help more people in need in our community.
Thurman Chambers, the Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, joined News Channel 7 "Today" to help clarify some of the changes that are happening at the local shelter.
First, it's changing the number of beds for emergency overnight stays, that last up to five nights. Right now there are just ten beds designed for temporary overnight stays, but there are still dozens more beds available at the facility in downtown Panama City for those who join the Rescue Mission's various programs. Chambers say the Mission is aiming to help those in need through work programs, recovery, and other services.
The Mission is also refocusing its Bethel Village center for women in need. Chambers says Bethel Village is continuing its goal of serving, housing, and transitioning women in need through tailored programs. It recently opened a new facility on 11th street in Panama City. Like the Rescue Mission's main campus, Bethel Village is also undergoing changes in leadership, but is still a very active program.
Chambers says all changes are designed to improve services for people dealing with a wide variety of needs.
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