Reverend Billy Fox, is no longer the Executive Director for the Panama City Rescue Mission, the first of many changes that the mission is making.
His wife Carol Fox has also left the mission. Fox made no comment about the release.
President of the Rescue Missions Executive Board, Henry Hazard, says this decision was mutual.
"Billy Fox was an excellent Executive Director and will certainly have effective ministries where ever he goes," said Hazard. "The board of directors has decided that it is time to move on and that is a direction which we are taking. We find that because of the foundation that Billy Fox gave us, we are able to do some changing."
Nationwide, the number of women and children that are seeking help from the mission is rising. Locally, they are taking steps to make sure they have enough space to house them.
They will open a new Bethel Village for women and children only, on 11th street in Panama City. The projected opening date is October 4th.
They will spend the next couple of days moving in and fixing up the old Restoration House.
The shelter for men will still be located downtown.
Along with feeding and providing emergency shelter to the homeless, the mission has looked into what they can do to help the community on a greater level.
They are shifting their focus to provide more substantial help to those with substance addictions.. Like on drugs and alcohol.
"Some of them maybe have made poor choices, but most of them are having problems with whether it is alcohol or prescriptions drugs or illegal drugs, they are having these addiction problems," said Hazard. "Just trying to talk to them and do nice things and feed them then put them back on the street has solved nothing they are just going to continue on."
Rev. Hazard says they have already started the process of filling the empty Executive Director position. He thinks that the board will have that decision ready to go in about a month.