Rescue Mission's Bathroom

$16,555 of $38,927 goal

Raised by 139 people in 37 months
Edward Panos
on behalf of Chris Croswhite
Dear Friends,

As some of you may know, fifteen years ago I lost my oldest brother James Panos, “Jimmy,” to addiction. Jimmy was forty-five when he passed away from a heroin overdose and although he was sober for many years, the addiction won in the end. Jimmy was different from most heroin addicts, he had a loving family that supported him, he went to several great rehabilitation facilities, and he had a good job, nice clothes, a house, a nice car, a beautiful wife, two wonderful stepchildren, and an amazing granddaughter whom he loved dearly. Good friends and loving siblings also surrounded Jimmy, but in the end, the addiction overcame it all. 

 Now imagine you are an addict, but do not have any family, or the family you have has disowned you and you have nowhere to turn. You do not have any material items but the shirt on your back.  You are homeless; you sleep on the streets, behind dumpsters, or in a scary park; you are alone and desperately need help. Where would you turn? Who is going to help you before you die? 

Well, there is an amazing place that helps men and women who have become addicted to drugs and alcohol and have the desire to ask God for help. It is called the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake. 

This is why my beautiful wife Allison and me are writing to you and asking for your help and donations.   

When we first got involved with the Rescue Mission, they gave a tour of their men’s facility downtown. When these men turn to God and ask Him for help, they end up in a place that is supposed to be better than the outside elements. But when you have 128 men living under one roof, certain things get worn out quickly, like the bathroom and showers. The Mission has five toilets, four sinks, and three showerheads for 128 men. There is no privacy when a man has to use the facilities; they are wide open for everyone to see. So, based on mine and my wife's personal experiences and past, we have taken on the task to remodel the Rescue Mission’s bathroom. We have asked our personal friends Ray Lundberg (contractor) and Glenn Taucher (architect) to help analyze and redesign the space (see attached design). They added two more showerheads, indestructible stainless steel toilets and sinks, and added a urinal and a mop closet. 

Even though we are getting a lot of help for free, the total price to get everything ordered, torn out, and rebuilt is still going to be $38,927.00.

Any size donation will help, and its tax deductible (The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake - 501(c)3 - Tax ID: 23-7177264)  

So we are asking all of you to help. Please donate so we can meet our goal and build the Mission and thesemen a new bathroom. Let’s build them a place where they can do their business in peace, along with the dignity and respect they deserve as they strive to change their lives.

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WE DID IT!!!! The Rescue Mission Bathroom is complete!!!!

I want to THANK everyone from the bottom of my heart for coming together and donating your time, your money, and your equipment. For spreading the word and for believing this bathroom could be a better place for our SLC homeless guest to experience every day necessities we take for granted.

Over 136 of our friends and family came together to make this happen. That is HUGE!!!!

God Bless You All:

Jodi and Wayne Cooperman, Francis Dunlevy, Jessica Kidman, Nathan Bishop, Brent Ulibarri, Stevan Madrigal, Lance Homer, Gretchen Kline King, Greg Schiff, Lori Kelley, Ross Fenter, Scott C Trethewey, Andrea Randolph-Katz, Jacqueline Jensen, Mark R. Neill, Jamie Frauenberg, Harding Sheleigh Attorney At Law, Christina Ricucci, Jayne King, Melissa Floor, Kristi LaBonte Roggensack, Stacy Miller, Care Brittain, Sharon Harris, Scott Miller, Steve Panos, Emma Panos, Janet & Per Lundstam, Alanna Darling, Pat Helgeson, Kristi Cummings, Laura Gilchrist, Baylee Sorenson, Chris Cariessa, Taylor, Kaye Vos, Ryan Walsh, Heather Sullivan, Michelle Newitt, V. Fred Johnson, Bob Ligget, Chad Simkin, Adam Keene, Cherrie Raetz, Adam Keene, Andrew Rice, Joe Thomas, Richard Fitzpatrick, Marques Shaw, Julia Augustine, Shannon Waters, Ruth Schreiber, D'Arcy Grenz, Mary Paul, Chris Croswhite, Haylee Hendry, Belinda Craft, DO, Susan Lindberg, Jeff Drury, Joshua Jones, Kris Wisdom, David Macfarlane, Beth Greene, Stephanie Lee Panos, Andrew Panos, Anne M Griffin, John Panos, Savannah Cummings, Stephanie Flores, Heather McClellan Pappas, Melissa Robbins Brooke, John Markell, Sally Panos Johnson, Susan Andrea Gadban, Kenzie Zochowski, Terry O'Malley, Diane Kushner, Heidi Ruben-Kleinman, Alec Ford, Ariel Coyote, Luigi Qetta, Shelley Anderson, Alex Hastie, Christopher Panos, Blue Sky Therapeutics, Brian Kahn, Jessica Kahn, Kelle Morrell Cobble, Melanie Smith, Kim & Charles Kim Hatler Thompson, Leslie Bailey Blevins, Andrew Diseker, Amanda Barnett, Brain & Mandy Demmert, Marc David Watters, Jennifer Lemaitre Watters, Randy Javer, Joe & Kelly Reynolds Stroud, Scott & Stephanie Miller, Jeff Scherr, Tina Pignatelli, Erika De Salvatore, Jodi Cunningham, Joe & Stephanie Nielsen Carter, Patrick Moros, Mark & Melissa Pignatelli O'Brien, Becky Amy & Jessica Wilde, Jo Vane, Tina M. Logan, The Beau Collective, Chris & Lindsay Cunningham, Whitney White Kozlowski, Stan Kozlowski, Donna Fischer, Beth Vallières, Dave & Mona Hopkins Barber, Theresa Roberts, Rob & Dori Nolan, Arthur Kaplan, Melissa & Colin DeFord, Lynn Russo Postiers, Cassandra Gartner, Megan & Ezra Nazareth, John May, Suzie Broadhead Meline, Rebecca DelFiandra, Evie Gerontis, Brett Woodard, Ray Lundberg, Heather Panos, Dan Devenport.
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We started the second half of the Rescue Missions bathroom today. As youcan see, it really needed all of our help.
Black mold
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It's coming along nicely!!!!
The drywall is up, the mud is done, the plumbing is done, and now today the cement for the floor tiles is done.
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None of this could have happened without the love of all of you who have helped. God Bless you all and thank you for making this vision become a reality!!!
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$16,555 of $38,927 goal

Raised by 139 people in 37 months
Created September 17, 2015
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Chris Taylor
19 months ago

Thank you!

stevan madrigal
30 months ago

I grew up with Jim, knew of his struggles. I hope that this effort will honor him as well as you Ed. Well done, Sir.

30 months ago

Thanks for all you do.

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