Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives
“I came to Durham in 1973 to reach out to the addicted in the Triangle. My father died at age 40 from cirrhosis of the liver due to a life of alcoholism. My dad had no one or any program to help him, so I determined at a very young age to commit my life to reaching men and women who were like my dad, trapped in a life of addictions. I have witnessed the healing hand of God reach out and mend shattered lives at the Durham Rescue Mission. Hundreds of men, women and children are finding safe shelter, nutritious meals and hope. Our programs are assisting people in developing their relationship with Christ as they become better parents, gain stable employment, and find fulfillment in life. With the economic downturn and record breaking unemployment, we have had an enormous increase in the number of men, women, and children coming to us for help. Together, we offer help and hope to the homeless and to that end, our community becomes a better place for all of us to live. From all of us at the Mission, and those who have benefited from your partnership, thank you."
-- Ernie Mills
CEO & Founder
Together, through the power of Jesus Christ, we will
meet the needs of the whole person – spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, vocational, and social – so that those who are hurting may become fully functional members of society. Thirty-six years ago, the Durham Rescue Mission was a simple one-building shelter providing assistance for 12 men. Today, the Mission occupies more than three city blocks which includes our Men's Campus, and our Women and Children’s Campus. We are home to over 200 men, women, and children each day.
Together, we can develop a three-block area around our Main Street church building to create an efficient campus to meet current and projected needs of helping the homeless and the hurting of this region for years to come. Our Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives Campaign is an exciting opportunity to invest in the revitalization of Northeast Central Durham. This visionary plan seeks to combat the increasing stream of poverty in the Triangle by rebuilding more lives, restoring more families, and empowering more individuals to break the cycle of poverty.
We have crafted a bold master plan to develop a three-block area adjoining the existing Mission property to create an efficient campus which will meet current and projected needs over the next ten to
twenty years. This plan will dramatically expand and improve our Men’s Campus at Alston Avenue and East Main Street and enable us to provide a higher level of services more efficiently.
"Together we can strive for everyone in the Triangle to have a home- both on earth and in Heaven."
Our primary facility is a former church building that was not designed to accommodate the number of residents we serve with emergency shelter, life skills classes, and kitchen/dining space, plus the thousands of people who attend our community events. Our residential facilities are aging and expensive to maintain. The most cost-effective solution is to tear down these buildings and rebuild suitable living conditions. The capstone of this campus will be a new 20,000 square foot multi-purpose building that will provide space for enrollment, education, lodging, dining halls, recreation, and food storage. We plan to freshen up the existing church building which will continue to be used for church services, large group meetings, offices, and classrooms. Our new campus will serve all four categories of program members--Emergency, Transitional, Seasonal and Permanent Housing. The first-phase of this project is estimated to cost $4.5 million.
Would you partner with us in these three ways:
1. Pray that Durham Rescue Mission will continue
to make an impact for eternity in the lives of
the homeless and poor in our community.
2. Give a generous gift to our Restoring Hope,
Rebuilding Lives Campaign.
3. Encourage your friends to support us.
Based upon your understanding and appreciation of the Durham Rescue Mission, would you help us
reclaim lives in Durham by making a generous three year commitment to this campaign?
Can be in the form of:
• Cash/Check/Credit Card
• Appreciated Assets
• Real Estate