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Rescue Mission to Operate Homeless Shelter in Ithaca, NY

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Dec. 4, 2013) — The Tompkins County Department of Social Services has selected the Rescue Mission to operate the Emergency Homeless Shelter of Tompkins County that is currently operated by the American Red Cross of Central New York.

The Department of Social Services and Rescue Mission are in contract negotiations and the transition from the Red Cross to the Rescue Mission is expected to occur in March. Until the negotiations are completed, the Red Cross will continue to operate the Emergency Homeless Shelter at 618 W. State St., Ithaca. The shelter was founded in 1988 for the homeless and disadvantaged residents of Tompkins County.

The American Red Cross provides shelter for people who are displaced from their homes by disasters, but operating long-term homeless shelters is not one of its core services. Seeking to focus on its core services in Tompkins County but also recognizing the community’s desire to maintain the shelter, the Red Cross approached the Department of Social Services about finding a new manager such as the Rescue Mission that specializes in homeless shelters.

Once negotiations between the Rescue Mission and Department of Social Services are completed, officials from the Rescue Mission, Department of Social Services and Red Cross will schedule a news conference where they’ll explain details of the transition.


Rescue Mission: Dan Sieburg, Chief Program Officer, (315) 254-8665,

Tompkins County: Patricia Carey, Social Services Commissioner, (607) 274-5251,

American Red Cross: Paige Thomas, Regional Chief Operating Officer, (315) 234-2209,

About the Rescue Mission:

The Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse has a mission to Share Hope, End Hunger and Homelessness, Change Lives, and Strengthen Communities One Person at a Time and currently operates Program Services in 4 communities: Syracuse, Auburn, Binghamton, and Ithaca. Last fiscal year it provided 293,223 meals, 107,604 overnight stays, 540 permanent housing placements, and helped 172 people find employment. The Rescue Mission operates two Social Enterprises for the purpose of raising revenue for programs and providing workforce development opportunities, comprising of 13 Thrifty Shopper stores plus its 3fifteen thrift store, in addition to 12 Mission Returns Bottle & Can Redemption Centers. For more information, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.