The Montana Rescue Mission (MRM) held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new unified campus location Tuesday morning. Guests gathered around as Executive Director for MRM, Reverend Matt Lundgren, welcomed everyone who came and talked about the benefits this new building will bring once constructed.
Don Sterhan is the Mountain Plains Equity group president and has worked with construction crews and the design team to make this project a reality. Sterhan says they make the arrangement for low-income tax credits for programs like this, but generous donors who want to see the project happen also make this dream possible.
“The loyalty I have seen in this community and the people that have come forward to offer donations and contributions its been phenomenal. A project like this doesn’t happen without that kind of support,” Sterhan says.
Sterhan also mentioned that Rev, Lundgren, and the MRM Board of Directors use the old buildings to save them as best they can to offer their services to others in the community.
Al Rapacz, President of Schultz Foss Architects, the company working on the construction of the campus, said a few words during the ceremony about the project and how beneficial it will be for others. He also added that the previous building was the Peter Yegen Building and found several artifacts when demolishing the previous building.
The artifacts were displayed after the ceremony for others to see inside the Billings Leadership building. Some artifacts included old swords, wheels, pick axes and old articles from the Billings Gazette about the Peter Yegen building. The history behind the area where the campus will reside makes the project even more meaningful.
The new MRM unified campus will help house those in need with an additional 29 housing units for people who need them. MRM will offer the same accommodations such as 24-hour shelter care, services for mental health and substance, spiritual care like bible study and childcare, and youth programs.
This new campus will be a magnificent asset for the Billings Community to further help those in need.