Durham Rescue Mission using $800K gift for 'Center for Hope'

Posted January 18, 2011

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— The Durham Rescue Mission announced Tuesday that it received an $800,000 gift – the largest in its 36-year history – and will be using the money to help build a “Center for Hope.”

The FHL Bank of Atlanta awarded the money to the Durham Rescue Mission, helping the organization reach 67 percent of its goal for a major campus expansion.

The 21,000-square-foot addition will include a multi-purpose building with a commercial kitchen, large dining facility, classroom space, counseling offices, 80 bed emergency shelter as well as a food pantry with walk-in freezer and cooler space. It will also include an upgrade to the church building that will make it handicap accessible.

"Last year, we saw a 19 percent increase in the demand for services in our community," Ernie Mills, executive director of the mission, said in a statement.

The Mission served 232,653 meals last year, 1,077 men, women and children checked into the mission and each resident was provided food, clothing, shelter, educational classes, helped with job searches and counseling.

"The Mission has been in the quiet phase of a $4.5 million campaign for our new Center of Hope," Mills said. "We anticipate breaking ground this fall with a completion date in the fall of 2012."


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  • tommys5 Jan 18, 2011

    Thank You troymiller for your service. Well said about a good man.(Ernie Mills)

  • troymiller Jan 18, 2011

    Mugu - Please do some research before you throughout inflammatory comment such as yours!! Ernie Mills (founder of the DRM) is a great man of God who has given the shirt off of his back for those who are/have been addicted to drugs and alcohol, women who have been battered and abused, and for those who have NO place to live and all who have no real HOPE in Durham and beyond. Most of the people who work at the DRM are not paid; they are active participants. Perhaps you should take time out of your day and go volunteer at the DRM; maybe then you would find a prospective on this great organization. The # to call to volunteer is 688-9641 ext. 5025 and go visit the website, but please make informed comments!!

    -Volunteer @ DRM

  • Mugu Jan 18, 2011

    I am willing to bet that a good amount of that money will be spent on executive salary raises.

    Why can't I find anything about these guys on Charity Navigator?