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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Lexington Rescue Mission is open all year to help the city’s most vulnerable population. The organization was started in 2001 to help meet the basic needs of housing, food, and clothes.

Thursday, the mission along with dozens of volunteers delivered more than 690 meals to families around town. The meals were prepped, cooked, and packaged at Broadway Christian Church. There was also an assembly line for goody bags filled with toiletries, snacks, hats, and gloves.

Jim and Becky Connell started the mission after moving from Indiana and noticing a lack of Christian-based outreach services in the area.

Jim Connell said, “We learned Lexington never had a rescue mission. We really wanted to reach out to the homeless particularly, but also people who are struggling and poor and suffering from the symptoms of poverty but we didn’t know exactly what that would look like.”

The couple has since retired from their position but still uses their free time to volunteer. Thursday was one of those opportunities. The Connells had 5 families to deliver meals to.

Becky Connell said, “We just get a lot of we get more out of it than the people we are serving it is very rewarding to show the love of Christ and people are very appreciative and it’s just a joy to be able to do it.”

The mission also has a laundry ministry, where they wash clothes for the homeless. There is also an ex-offender re-entry program to help former inmates return to life outside of prison.

In 2020, the mission served more than 44,000 meals.