The Union Mission in Derry Township is set to break ground Tuesday for a building that will expand its capacity to serve homeless men.
Established in 1987, the faith-based organization annually helps more than 300 men build self-reliance and transition toward affordable, sustained housing. But, according to Executive Director Dan Carney, the 14-bed limit at its Harrison Avenue shelter means men who are in need usually have to wait an average of 28 days to move in.
The two-story shelter will be 3,539 square feet, according to a site plan approved by township supervisors. That’s enough room for 24 beds.
“This new shelter will allow us to aid 10 more men at a time and increase our impact dramatically,” Carney said in a news release. The aim is to “provide a greater number of men the services necessary for them to have renewed self-esteem and hope.”
The organization’s services include counseling, life skills training and education.