The Christian Mission announced today a $5 million capital campaign to raise funds needed to build a new facility in downtown Mooresville.

The facility will be named the Betty and Randy Marion Center in recognition of a $500,000 lead naming gift from the Randy Marion Automotive Group. To date, the Christian Mission has raised $1 million toward its goal.

The new facility will be built on N. Main Street in downtown Mooresville on an outparcel near Food Lion at 971 N. Main Street. The Christian Mission has been working since mid-2020 to identify land suitable for the new facility that would be easily accessible by the people it serves.

The two-story, 20,000 square foot facility will house the organization’s food pantry, resource store and warehouse on the first floor, with expanded community meeting space, offices for case management and a computer lab on the second floor.

“We are excited to be creating a purpose-built facility that aligns to the needs of the community and our service model,” said Amy LaCount, Executive Director for the Christian Mission. “Having this new facility will enable the Mission to significantly expand its self-sufficiency services, while still continuing to provide crisis assistance. We are building dignity and transforming lives with this effort for people experiencing the greatest need in our community.”

The Christian Mission is in the midst of fundraising efforts to raise the funds needed to complete the project. Gifts of support from individuals, businesses, foundations, civic groups and churches will be sought to make the project a reality. Naming opportunities aligned to components of the facility, including the Greeting Center, Community Center, Pantry and Resource Store, remain open.

The new facility deepens the Christian Mission’s efforts to end generational poverty in the Mooresville region by increasing the space needed for its work to build relationships with people experiencing poverty and encourage them to move to increased self-sufficiency and individual betterment.

The organization aims to close on the N. Main Street property by the end of the year. The Mission expects to break ground by mid-2022, with the facility opening sometime in 2023.