CLINTON — The need for funds has been building, and now the Victory Center Rescue Mission is officially asking for funds from the community.
Victory Center Executive Director Ray Gimenez said the Victory Center is in dire need of funds to provide shelter, meals, affordable housing, clothing and quality food boxes to thousands of people each month. The Victory Center last year served over 50,000 meals and gave away over 800,000 pounds of food. Gimenez said a main reason they need the donations are to cover the cost of utilities.
"The need has been building," Gimenez said. "We've been serving more people. We're feeding more people and have more people using the food pantry. We need more resources."
Gimenez stressed the need for funding will not affect the Victory Center ministry, stating they are "not going to shut down." He said the Victory Center, which is in its 32nd year in the community, is in need of donations immediately.
"We need generous donations right now," Gimenez said.
The Victory Center has multiple facilities in Clinton. The men's shelter and meal site, a 48-bed facility, is located a 505 Ninth Ave. South. The Women's Shelter, a 28-bed facility for women and children, is located at 100 Sixth Ave. North. A 28-bed transitional housing facility for single men is located at 480 S. Third St. The Victory Center's headquarters and pastor's house is located at 516 Ninth Ave. South.
Donations may be sent to the Victory Center, Box 1694, Clinton, IA, 52732.