TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Rescue Mission could close next month if new funding isn't found. Officials say the mission is facing a $180,000 shortfall each month. It will close all its shelters and end all services if new funding isn't found by September 15. According to WIBW TV, Mission leaders say they've already made money-saving moves, including announcing last week that the TRM Thrift Store would close soon. The mission provides shelter for an average of 250 people each night and provides hundreds of meals every day. TRM started in 1953 as a small room providing shelter and food to homeless men. It has expanded over the years to include shelters for women and families and to provide education, care, and programs for children.
Here's an excerpt from a 2013 interview KPR's J. Schafer conducted with the Topeka Rescue Mission's Executive Director, Barry Feaker, about his book In Darkness, a Light Still Shines.
All profits from the sale of Feaker's book help support the Topeka Rescue Mission.