Smithfield Rescue Mission in need of financial support
Posted November 19, 2013
Updated November 20, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — People who have nowhere else to go turn to the Smithfield Rescue Mission for help, and now, it is in need of some help of its own.
Ben Olsen, the nonprofit's associate director, says the nonprofit is about $4,000 in debt and that it is hoping generosity over the holiday season will provide support that's badly needed.
"The Smithfield Mission has been here for 37 years offering solutions for people who are out of solutions, offering hope for people who are out of hope," Olsen said.
Randy Davis is one of those people who benefit from the rescue mission, which provides food and shelter for those in need.
"I never thought I'd be homeless without a job," he said. "To be honest with you, I'd probably either be in jail or dead."
The mission offers several services, including the New Life Program, which give men a second chance by offering medical assistance, job training and individual counseling.
It also provides a similar service for women and children called The Good Neighbor House and does community outreach through its Operation 12 Baskets program.
"I just look at it like this," Davis said. "If this place goes, there's going to be a lot of people out here in this county and in Eastern North Carolina that's going to suffer."