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Cornerstone Mission rebuilds kitchen to better serve community

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The Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City has been serving the community since the early 1980s.

The shelter is now in the middle of a major upgrade to make its service more efficient for the homeless and anyone who just needs a good meal, like Sam Milk.

After just a short stay at the Mission, Milk is back on his feet.
 
"I recently occupied a home of my own with some roommates," he said, "so everything's working out, still working."
 
But Milk, like many across the country, still finds the need for a hot meal every now and then.
 
"It's food in the stomach, a warm place to stand when it's cold out."
 
So he goes to the Parkway restaurant, which is filling in as a temporary kitchen while the Mission revamps its dining area.
 
"We're seeing approximately 130 to 140 individuals come through the chow line every meal," said Andrea Denke, program director at Cornerstone.
 
That's 400-500 people a day, which Denke said is simply too many to keep the same kitchen routine.
 
"It's going to be more efficient" in the new space, she said. "Instead of folks going through the kitchen to get their meals, they're going to be going through a line on the outside of the kitchen."
 
The dining area is also getting a facelift, as is the kitchen itself.
 
"We're going to get a fully-functional commercial kitchen."
 
The project carries a price tag of about $300,000. Part of that comes from a city grant, the rest from public donations.
 
"There are a lot of folks here in the community that are dedicated to see to it that the folks who are needy - not just the homeless but the people that can't afford to cook their own meals - will be fed," Denke said.
 
"Help out" with chores, Milk added, "they'll give you food any time. So whenever I need something to eat, this is the place to be"

The target date to open the kitchen at the Cornerstone Mission is January 1, but Denke hopes it can be a nice Christmas present.

The Mission is also working on plans for a new women and children's home to better serve families.

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