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Victory Mission Celebrates 35 years of Service

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On June 2nd Victory Mission, a local non-profit Christian organization, will celebrate its 35th anniversary of providing help to those in need. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.

Executive Director James Harriger says Victory Mission has always been the safety net in the Springfield community.

“It’s a place where men who need help, women and families, they come seeking help. We try to give that to them. We are food for those who are hungry, meals. We’ve been shelter for those who need temporary shelter,” says Harriger.

The organization is responsible for a number of community aid programs. One is the Victory Trade School, which helps people train for a career in the hospitality industry. It also has programs for women and children which are still growing.

“ In the late 80’s we started a back-to-school program that started with 50 children and today, this year 2011, will help about 2,500 students get ready for school in our community,” says Harriger.

Victory Mission welcomes the public to attend its 35th anniversary banquet at 6 p.m. June 2nd at the University Plaza Hotel grand ballroom. Tickets for the event are $10 per guest and can be purchased over the phone at 831-6387. You can also find them on the organization’s website www.victorymission.com.

For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.