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Rescue mission still wants former Bear Buddies site

Backers of a planned Open Door Rescue Mission are still pursuing leasing the former Bear Buddies daycare building on Heggen Street, according to the would-be mission's executive director.

"We have looked at other properties as a potential site for the rescue mission and have not found others to be suitable for our purposes," Tom Hennes said in an e-mail to the Star-Observer.

Some neighbors of the daycare complained when Hennes approached the Hudson City Council about the plans for the building last summer.

The issue hasn't been discussed by the council since then.

According to Hennes, the rescue mission would provide short-term emergency housing for women and children, as well as long-term help for them to become self-supporting.

"Our intentions are to help the disadvantaged, needy and homeless by providing not only a residence, but taking a holistic approach to wholeness for the individuals we serve," Hennes said.

He is recently back from a regional conference of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions that he attended in Holland, Mich.

Open Door Rescue Mission was granted membership in the association at the conference.

The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions is comprised of more than 300 missions located primarily in North America.

The association provides member missions with education, business service discounts, networking opportunities and advocacy in Washington, D.C.