The Durham Rescue Mission is Durham, NC’s oldest and largest long-term homeless shelter, providing food, clothing, permanent supportive housing, vocational training, Biblical counseling, job placement, education, accountability and much more to broken men, women and children in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Because we are a nonprofit organization, we rely completely on the gifts and volunteer efforts of individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups, foundations and other organizations to provide for our homeless programs and services in the Triangle area. We do not apply for or receive any local, state or federal government funding.
To learn more about the Durham Rescue Mission, please explore the links below.
Ways to Help the Homeless in Durham, Raleigh & Chapel Hill
- Never give cash to a homeless person.
- Talk with the homeless person with respect.
- Realize the homeless and their problems are not all the same.
- Share God’s love whenever you can.
- Pray for the homeless and the Durham Rescue Mission.
- Take precautions for your own safety.
- Encourage the homeless to get help at the Durham Rescue Mission.
- Support the Durham Rescue Mission.
Our Mission Statement
Our Mission is to meet through the power of Jesus Christ the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social, and vocational, so that those who are hurting may become fully functioning members of society.
1. We hold the Bible to be God’s Holy Word in its entirety and inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
2. We hold that man was created in the image of God, holy and innocent: that of his own choice, he sinned, and, as a result, brought death upon all humanity. (Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23)
Those who are not saved from sin are eternally separated from God. (John 3:18)
3. We hold that Jesus Christ is God, born of a virgin, that He gave His life on the cross where He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us: that He was buried and arose again from the dead, afterward He ascended into heaven, from whence He will come again. (John 5:39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 2:9-11)
4. We hold that we are saved by grace through faith, apart from works, that the sinner who repents and personally accepts the finished work of Christ on the cross becomes a child of God, is made a new creature, and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:17)
5. We hold that Jesus Christ is coming again for His church, to establish His kingdom on earth, to judge the wicked and the lost, cast death and hell into the Lake of Fire, and dwell with the saints forever and ever. (John 14:3; Titus 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17; Revelation 20:6; 20:14; 20:15; 22:1-5)