Watered Gardens, Mercy, auxiliary announce respite care program for homeless

James Whitford, executive director of Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, announced Wednesday that a respite care unit will soon be built for the homeless population. Watered Gardens is working with Mercy Hospital Joplin Auxiliary to provide the homeless with recuperative care to assist with the recovery steps after they're discharged from the hospital. GLOBE | KIMBERLY BARKER