Grant County Rescue Mission began in 1985 when a several compassionate people in the community, led by Reverend Charles Cooper, felt a passion to help hungry and homeless neighbors in need.
Together, they purchased the building at 423 S. Gallatin Street in Marion, formerly owned by the telephone company. A thrift store on the second floor funded their efforts. Within a year, they began sheltering a few men and feeding around 20 people at dinner each day.
Since that humble beginning, the Mission has stood as a beacon of hope to hurting people in crisis. Continued public support has helped the Mission expand programs for meals, addiction recovery and transitional housing.
Though the Mission discovered some mismanagement in the recent years, new leadership in 2016 was brought in to ensure excellence and restore trust with the community. Already, the Mission has made tremendous progress in restoring areas of our facilities and launching new programs. We have a strong vision for the future and hope to do even more as community support allows.