Our Response to COVID-19

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UPDATE (6/23/20): The Durham Rescue Mission is once again accepting new clients as well as allowing visitors.

The situation with COVID-19 is ever-changing. The Durham Rescue Mission is continuing to implement safeguards to protect clients, volunteers, staff and the wider community. Based on public health recommendations and governmental orders, we have suspended the operations of our four (4) thrift stores until further notice which accounts for 40–50% percent of the Rescue Missions’ income.

We continue to provide three meals a day to clients, even as we employ social distancing and other preventive measures. Our staff is diligently working to meet the needs of our clients and is doing everything they can to ensure they remain healthy and safe. Our prayer is this public health crisis will soon be over, but, until then, we are adapting to the recent “Stay at Home” order mandated by the city.

We are reminding all staff and volunteers to wash their hands multiple times per day. We are sanitizing frequently touched surfaces multiple times a day as well as using disinfectants in our dormitories and student housing facilities. Our vehicles are also being sanitized and disinfected daily.

The Rescue Mission is taking guidance from the CDC and is working closely with the Durham County Department of Public Health.


We understand that volunteers in high-risk groups may opt to remain at home, and we encourage you to protect yourself. However, the Rescue Mission must continue to provide food for the hungry. Therefore, we are grateful for anything you can do to assist us with this part of our mission. You can prepare meals offsite and deliver them to the Rescue Mission for distribution. Or, you can assemble meals onsite or place them in to-go containers and request that a Rescue Mission client or staff member hand them out. Volunteers are required to wear gloves, and we are working on obtaining masks for those who would prefer to wear them. We will provide further details to volunteers when they report for duty.

Amazon Wish List

We have created an Amazon Wish List for our COVID-19 preparations. Please click on the link to purchase some of these critical supplies. Items will be shipped directly to our campus, and all gifts are tax-deductible.

We request your patience as we work through these modifications and will provide additional updates as changes occur. For accurate, up-to-date COVID-19 information, continue to check the CDC, NCDHHS, and Durham County Department of Public Health websites, and follow these agencies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @cdcgov, @ncdhhs, & @durhamhealthnc.

As always, thank you so much for your generous support. The Durham Rescue Mission is still here, and its clients still need you. Please continue to give what you can to help our ongoing mission to help the last, the least, and the lost.

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