Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Rescue Mission to Host Open House

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Rescue Mission to Host Open House

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Byline: Jeff Brumley

City Rescue Mission in Jacksonville will unveil its newly renovated emergency services center with an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22.

The New Life Inn is the result of renovating its main building and will increase its overnight capacity from 44 to 67 beds, Patrick Hayle, the downtown agency's executive director, said in a news release. The renovation also created six additional showers and a dedicated clothing storage and distribution area.

"We have seen a 30 percent increase in request for services as more men and women fall through the safety net and end up on our city streets," mission Chief Operating Officer Bill Duguid said in the release.

The facility is at 234 W. State St. The open house will include a volunteer appreciation ceremony and a barbecue.

The mission is a faith-based nonprofit that serves the homeless and needy. It serves about 280,000 meals a year and provided 90,000 bed nights in 2009, according to the release. More information is available at


Religion scholar and author James Rowell of Flagler College will hold a book-signing for his newly released work, "Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at Extremes," 3 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 1930 U.S. 1 S. in St. Augustine.

"I had a great love of Gandhi, nonviolence and his idea, especially of inclusive, tolerant religion - that there was a universal sort of calling to all faiths," Rowell said in a release from Flagler College.

Rowell is an assistant professor of religion at the St. Augustine school.


United Praise Ministries Church of God in Jacksonville will celebrate the 21 years in ministry of its pastor and first lady with events Saturday and the following two weekends.

A banquet will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday honoring Bishop Percell Sanders and Lady Lugene C. Sanders. A special worship service will follow at 7:30 p. …

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