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Eagles Wing Dedication

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Union Rescue Mission hosting open house for new supportive housing complex

Ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Eagles Wing on March 22

 After years of preparation, Wichita’s Union Rescue Mission will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to dedicate the new supportive housing complex, “Eagles Wing,” for men recovering from homelessness and addiction.

“Four years ago, we announced a plan to feed, employ and house more men in need. We called it our ‘Field of Dreams,’ a strategy to make our six-acres campus more productive for God’s purposes. All elements of that dream are about to be fulfilled as we prepare to open Eagles Wing,” said Denny Bender, retiring executive director for Union Rescue Mission. 

The completion of Eagles Wing marks the Mission’s first major expansion on the organization’s campus on north Hillside. The 24-unit transitional housing complex will be the new home for two dozen men as they transition from URM’s life recovery programs into independent living.

“We look forward to opening the doors and handing over the keys to 24 men who graduate from our discipleship and addiction recovery programs. It will serve as a next step prior to reintegration back into society,” said Bender.

Finding an affordable place in which to live is a big hurdle for men as they graduate from mission programs. For a successful re-entry into society, the housing must be distanced from the neighborhood influences and temptations that contributed to their initial homelessness. That’s how Eagles Wing can help.

“Living in mission-operated housing, with on-site supervision, will give program participants the best chance for success. The expected outcome for Eagles Wing is reintegration of men – some who were once heads of households, breadwinners and employed – into safe, affordable housing in an established neighborhood,” said Doug Nolte, the new CEO for Union Rescue Mission.

The Eagles Wing dedication will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2800 N. Hillside in Wichita. The ribbon cutting starts at 11 a.m. followed by the open house from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 316-687-4673.