Durham County Rescue Mission resources.

Temporary assistance from the Durham Rescue Mission can assist residents of the region as well as Raleigh and Chapel Hill. The organization offers short term solutions to homelessness, shelters and case managers will also work with clients to assist them with addressing the root cause of their struggles.

The organization runs programs for the community, with a focus on housing issues. This includes shelters for men, women, and children. The facilities will be separate based on the gender of the resident.

Several resources are offered by the Durham Rescue Mission sites. The locations can serve hot meals, provide boxes of food, emergency housing and offer other assistance. They are open to people across Wake County and also the residents of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region.

Short term housing is a key resource. What may be available at the shelter includes clean clothing, three meals a day, counseling, financial planning classes, and educational services. This will include vocational training, GED/education and employment assistance. All of this is intended to get clients back on track to self-sufficiency. The men’s shelter can be reached at 919-688-9641.

Women and children from the community can stay at the Good Samaritan Inn. This will also provide food, clothing, and basic needs. The services have helped many poor and homeless women and their families learn marketable skills so they can find a decent job. Victims of domestic violence can also get help. This center is known as Good Samaritan Inn. Phone 919-688-9641.

Not only will people be able to stay at these shelters for a short period of time, but staff and volunteers will work with them to regain self-sufficiency. For example, there are many transitional housing programs in the region that can provide support and affordable low income apartments or homes. Another focus is on helping the homeless or low income find employment, or maybe a better paying job.

The Durham Rescue Mission Victory Program is a recovery program that was designed to provide holistic restoration for addicted women and men from the region. Staff and counselors offer addiction counseling and other related services. Participants will get help in returning to the workforce and gaining new skills.




Operation Warm and Cold shelters are an option for any extremely hot or humid periods during the summer. They also operate during any older winter stretches of weather. As the weather calls for, the Durham Rescue Mission launches special shelter programs.

Not only will it provide short term housing, but the residents can also be served coffee, food, donuts, and other goods. The organization will even try to arrange free transportation to the men’s and women’s shelters. For more information on Operation Warm and Cold, call 919-688-9641.

The Operation Daily Bread Program will offer free food, temporary housing, and emergency shelter to the region’s homeless. The non-profit charity always needs donations as well, and all contributions go to help pay for the shelter programs, including heating costs, electricity, food and other maintenance expenses. The money contributed will go back to keep these programs running and will make a difference in the community.

Thrift Stores are operated by the Durham Rescue Mission. They have a few locations in the region, including on Chapel Hill Boulevard, Brier Creek, and RTP. Coverage is provided to residents of Durham, Raleigh and all of Wake County. The stores may sell gently used clothing, shoes, Books, Electronics, Kitchenware, Furniture, Linens, Toys, Rugs, School Supplies and more.

To learn more about any of the Durham Rescue Mission programs and resources, call 919-688-9641.




By Jon McNamara

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