Cleveland County Rescue Mission (CCRM) was awarded a Rural Business Development Grant, given to rural public entities for projects that promote technology-based economic development from the USDA for completion of the Education and Employability Center (EEC) at the Rescue Mission. The EEC consists of two classrooms, a technology based classroom with 15 computer stations, and a library. The Center, located on the third floor of the Cleveland County Rescue Mission on Buffalo Street in Shelby opened in July 2015 to begin Adult High School and Cleveland County Work Ready Certification classes. Basic Computer Skills classes, Personal Finance classes, and Fresh Start group classes have since been added and the course offerings will continue to grow.
The Rural Business Development Grant, in the amount of $53,000 will cover expenses related to the opening of the EEC such as computer equipment and supplies. Since the EEC opened, 35% of residents have qualified for testing for their GED and 38% have been hired after completing the Work Ready Certification Program.
CCRM is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs, and supportive services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. CCRM offers Christ-centered addiction recovery programs and an array of educational classes, including personal finance, Adult High School, Cleveland County Work Ready Certification, job skill training, theology, healthy living, volunteer work program, basic life skills, and vocational training. These programs help residents gain employment, further their education, build self-confidence, and transition to more stable or permanent housing.
For additional information contact Jocelyn Hill at the Cleveland County Rescue Mission at 704-751-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made online at www.myccrm.org.