DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – For many who have no place to call home the Dothan Rescue Mission is a haven.
For the last year and a half the rescue mission has been extra busy.
Volunteers attribute the rise to the downtown in the economy and with more people needing help there are times the mission just doesn't have enough space.
"We are always out of room. We have to turn people away every night that want a bed," says Brad Hardy, executive director.
But soon, the rescue mission will be able to help twice as many people.
A $500,000 grant will help pay to expand the facility adding 60 new beds and creating a new education center.
"When you have to turn somebody away and it's really cold and say sorry we don't have any beds, that is really disheartening," says Hardy.
The center will house new education programs designed to help the homeless get a leg up on life.
"You not just using a band aid to help people just for a couple of nights, or for a couple of weeks that hopefully when they go through this program they will be on their feet for good," adds Hardy.
Located right across the street from the current building construction on the new facility is expected to start in January.
Officials are now in the process of working out zoning issues and acquiring building licenses.