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Wyoming Rescue Mission seeing continuous increase in numbers

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 5:22 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - From October to November, the Wyoming Rescue Mission saw a 43 percent increase in the number of people seeking hot meals. This shocking statistic is a puzzle the Mission is trying to solve.

“It is amazing and we have been seeing an increase for the past couple few months,” said Jenny Stedillie, WRM’s Marketing and Event Coordinator.

During October, the Mission saw a variety of reasons for homelessness. 33 percent are there due to job-related issues, 31 percent due to substance abuse, and 11 pecent due to mental illness.

“We’re not expecting to see a decrease in people needing our services,” said Stedillie.

The mission served around 350 Thanksgiving meals this year. The kitchen staff and volunteers remained busy with the overwhelming numbers, serving the meal in shifts.

“The need is so very much there in this community. People are hungry and need services that we offer,” said Stedillie.

These services can range from hot meals and shelter to recovery assistance. One woman says that when was put into a desperate situation, the Mission saved her life.

“Just to have and know that these are available and so readily available is such a relief in knowing that there is help out there,” said Crissy Woodward, a member of the Discipleship Recovery Program.

And that support, is what Woodward says matters the most.

“When I leave from here, I will have4 the resources I need to succeed and be able to move on in my life and do better things,” said Woodward.

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