Roosevelt mission struggling to make ends meet

LINTON, Ind. (WTHI) – If you ask Roosevelt Mission Director, Jerry French, about his mission, the love he has for it is obvious.

“This mission has been my life for 14 years,” French says.

Roosevelt Mission has served the Linton community for more than 20 years, 27 to be exact.

During those 27 years, Roosevelt Mission has dedicated their services to helping those in need, providing individuals with a second chance to get back into society.

As for French, this will be the hardest challenge he has faced in his 14 years of operating the building. These remaining days in July could be the last, simply because money is tight.

Harsh winter conditions have put a financial strain on the mission. Costly damages from busted water pipes, to increases in heating bills have left French in a tough spot.

Now, the mission must raise $10,000 by August 1, or be forced to close their doors. This time, for good.

Not only is the mission in need of money, but they are in need of volunteers.

“We need someone to cook the meals, we need someone to do the housekeeping, cleaning the rooms when people leave them,” French says.

As the final days of July begin to close in, French and his staff will continue to fight to keep the doors open.

“If we go out, we are going to go out on a good note in the community,” French says.

If you are interested in making a donation, or volunteering at Roosevelt Mission, call (812) 847-8110. The mission is located on 89 E Vincennes Street in Linton, Ind.

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