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Dubuque Rescue Mission building 3rd transitional house

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Every day of the week, the Dubuque Rescue Mission helps men who have fallen on hard times, those who don't have a place to call home.

"I been in and out of the mission for about 12 years, I've had a few troubles in life," said Robert Hargraves.

Managers of the mission say there's a need for more shelter because of the growing number of people coming here for help. "The need for affordable housing and emergency housing is ongoing, and our numbers continue to go up every year," said director, Rick Mihm.

This is why they're in the process of building a third transitional house on the corner of E. 25th and Elm Streets.

It'll be a home, fit for four men who have found full-time jobs and are ready to move forward after living at the shelter, like Robert. "It has helped me in a way because I came from the streets and I had nothing, then I changed mt life around," he said.

There's still lots of work to be done, before they move in, but it'll be a single family, two-story house, made to fit into the community.

The men won't be living here for free. "They pay a fee of $250 a month, so it's like a rent, that includes everything," said Mihm.

That's so they can save money, get back on their feet, and eventually move on. The men living there will be allowed to be there for two years. They'll also get supportive services to help them in many aspects of life.

The new house will be complete in late December or early next year. 

All the funding for these homes come from donations. The mission is still raising funds for this new house. 

For more information or to learn how to help, visit: http://dbqrescue.org/

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