Donations Continue To Pour In For Downtown Mission Community Challenge

So far, so good for a community challenge benefiting the Downtown Mission.

Executive Director Ron Dunn says public donations are rapidly approaching $500,000.

As heard on AM800 news last month, local philanthropist Al Quesnel said he is willing to match up to $1-million in community donations for the Mission's Wellness Centre.

Dunn says the Mission could receive up to $2-million in donations. 

"We still got a lot of work to do but we're just so excited that the community is responded in such a large way in such a short period of time," says Dunn. "We live in I think the greatest city right.  Essex County has always been very generous and they recognize the need right so here they are stepping up to another challenge, in the middle of their own flooding and everything else that's going on in their lives, they're still taking the time to donate."

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The women's room at the new Downtown Mission of Windsor shelter unveiled on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

The community has until October 31st to donate.   

The Wellness Centre opened this past spring.  It includes an expanded food bank and 103 bed shelter for men, women, youth and families.  

The centre plans to expand to include recovery support programs for men and women as well as increasing services for youth and expanded health centre facilities.