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Great Falls Rescue Mission hosts grand opening of Cameron Family Center

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The Great Falls Rescue Mission understood they were not meeting the current needs for the homeless population in the community.

Tuesday was the grand opening of the new 40,000 square foot Cameron Family Center. It will greatly expand on the Mission's ability to help a greater number of people with better quality services.

If Tuesday night's turn-out is any measure of success, the Great Falls Rescue Mission is on the right path.

Hundreds of people showed up to see the facility for the first time. A lot of the people were volunteers, some were donors. Many of them probably had the same question; how is the $10 million dollar facility going to get homeless families back on their feet."

To start, the Cameron Family Center is providing a space for homeless families to live together in one building. Before, moms and dads had to be separated with the kids staying in the women's shelter.

Eve Lee is currently in the Great Falls Rescue Mission faith-based “Disciple” program. She has been brought on board to serve as a new house-parent at the Cameron Family Center with her husband Eric.

Eve explained that bringing moms and dads together in one family is ultimately going to help the children: "It's gonna be amazing for the kids. You know the kids go through a lot of trauma as is in any situation and to have your parent or your family split up or divided is really hard."

Another new feature is a day care center so parents can take life-skills classes and go out to look for jobs and assistance programs. One class will help parents better understand how to heal their strained marriages.

Another major improvement will be facilities that encourage community, such as living rooms, community chapels, a family-style eating atmosphere, and community kitchens for residents to share recipes and budgeting ideas.

Current women’s shelter resident Jennifer Sweet explained the importance of a strong support system/community: “Getting into a place where there's other women and the families and people to talk to that know what you're going through and it helps.”

One new feature that future residents kept saying they are excited about is that they'll finally have private full-service bathrooms.

Right now the women's shelter only provides public bathrooms, and residents say that it gets cramped. There's currently also no place in the women’s shelter for moms to bathe their infants or toddlers. Now they'll have their own private bath tubs.

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