Durham Rescue Mission update on homelessness, COVID-19
The Durham Rescue Mission discusses a spike in our area's homeless population related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
one of the storms that air coming that I see is the economic storm that's going to be taking place. I mean, because of it, the shutdowns, the layoffs and all of that, especially those of low income workers, is gonna be really hurting in the future. Well, they're hurting right now, financially and where they be able to pay their rent, their food and all of that come in the future. I don't know. So so one of the perfect storms that are coming together is the economic calamity that I believe will be facing our country for even years to come. For us to get out of it in another part of the perfect storm that's coming together, I believe, is the depression and the mental problems that are affecting those out there. And because of that way we've seen that I call sales have just skyrocketed and we're coming increasing of alcohol sales. It's been our experience that it increases addiction also, and that's our two major things that we do here. The rescue mission by two major things is homelessness and those that are addicted, and that's the expertise that God's given us to help them And so we see just a I wouldn't say a flood of people coming. I don't want to say that. But I know that the homeless population in the future is greatly increased because of Cove It, uh, infections and the shutdowns and all that's taking place out there today. I tell you what. One of the hardest things I have at the rescue mission is you receive a phone call from a mother and the mother is crying and the weeping, and you can Onley understand about every third word that she says, because she has a son or daughter that is addicted and struggling and homelessness. And she wants to know that Mother wants to know. Do you have an extra bed for my son? It is hard for me to say no to that crying mama. I don't know about two, but it's hard for me to say no to a crime mama and one of the our philosophy of the rescue mission and maybe one of the reasons that we have grown so much here. The rescue mission is that my desire is always, always have at least one empty bed, so that when that Mama calls. I could say Bring your son. Bring your daughter onto the rescue mission. And so I'm not a weather man. I'm not a prophet. I can't predict the future. But we need to begin to prepare for what I believe is coming in the future. And that is we need more beds at the Durham rescue mission. And what the way we're going to do that as you see on the picture over here, to my right and my left. We've got the site plans already approved by the city of Durham to build a third building, one building, two buildings and then the third building right up here on this mount. And we have the picture here in the site plan. We need urgently to begin to raise the funds and build this building so that when that mama calls, we don't have to say no. Bring your son, bring your daughter and we want to help that. And to do that And to do that we feel like a big change. Not a big change, but a change needs to take place at the rescue mission. My wife and I, we need more time that we can be out talking to donors and raising the money to build this building. I would love to break ground this year, this year, break ground to begin to build that building and then by next year, opened the building and should walk. My wife and I are doing We're resigning our position as a chief executive officer of the Durham rescue mission and we're not retiring. We're not quitting the mission. We're not leaving the mission. We're just stepping down as chief executive officer and moving over to our other corporation, which is the Rescue Legacy Fund. And as we work in the legacy fund, we're gonna be raising money to build this building and to build the financial stability that mission really needs here at the mission. So as we step away from the executive position, we needed somebody to take over that position. And, uh, I could not think of anybody any better than Rob tart. Rob Tart has been at the rescue mission Now for 25 years. He's been here 25 years. He's worked as our chief operating officer and he knows the rescue mission. Hey, he knows the scripture. He knows how to counsel with people. He is a material season person. He knows how to take, uh and ensure that the mission operates smoothly will operate smoothly. Most of the time, he has a heart for the clients at the mission he has instructed in developing the improving of the training program. He is the brains behind our thrift stores. To be honest with you, there's a lot of work involved in operating a thrift store, and I didn't want to really get involved in back. But Rock hey felt like that was a good avenue for the rescue mission. And after several years I said, Okay, Rob, do it. And that's been one of the greatest improvements in the rescue mission way had in a long time our board voted unanimously. Thio let Rob be the chief executive officer. And for the past 25 years, we've enjoyed working with drop through the good times and the bad times, and he still with us today. So my wife wanted Thio say a few words. Come, honey and well, thank you all for coming and, uh, being a part of this sharing for the future of the rescue mission, and I just reiterate what Ernie said. We're not retiring from the Lord's work and moving to Florida, although I do hope we get to visit there some during the wintertime. But as of January, the first of next year, we will be re focusing our energies to make sure the Durham rescue mission has the resource is it needs to be successful and toe help people in our community. Ernie will be become the president of the Rescue Legacy Fund, and I will raise money exclusively for the Durham rescue mission. When we set up that corporation, it was set up that it could Onley give money to the Durham rescue mission. You can have great programs and gorgeous facilities like we've got. Just look around you and have all of that. But if you don't have the money, the resource is you cannot continue the ministry. And as we've seen during these Koven storms that we've been talking about this morning, many nonprofits have gone under because they did not have that solid financial foundation to carry them through the storms that are gonna come throughout time earning. I feel that we will be the most effective help to the rescue mission uh, by moving to the Rescue Legacy Fund and helping create that strong foundation. We're excited. Thio look forward to see what the Lord's going to do as thes changes take place next year. Uh, and of course, there's gonna be some changes taking place this year realigning the staff and, uh, to take care of all the things. And it's always been our desire that when we walk out the door the last time as the CEO and the CFO that nobody will even notice that everything will just be clicking along so smoothly. And that's our heart's desire. And we're going to continue to help the rescue mission in any way that we can. Thank you. Thank you, honey. And, uh, I tell you what. It has been a joy to operate the mission for the past 47 years and having, uh, my wife, my sweetheart, right by my side helping I cannot express what a blessing it's been. But it is a blessing also to look to the future. And I really believe that the years to come the rescue mission is going to be even better and greater than it is today. Let's welcome on you, CEO. As of January the 1st, 2000 and 20 Thio Rob Park comrade. Because just like you know what's happening. Set it on the plane. Thank you, Gary, for that stand up thing Falls and Gary says the place is already following a point. Praise the Lord for the mills is my life. And I and our oldest daughter came here in 1995. Viewed place. And, uh, it was a lot different back then. All this was a big woodpile, if you will. Stumps were everywhere. We lived in a house right over here, and my mother in law wondered what the war was my daughter doing following a guy to a homeless shelter. Uh, but the Lord's been good to us. We've We've been thankful to be a part of this experiment during rescue mission. We knew, especially when we came and it didn't look like it does now, but we knew that good things were happening here and we wanted to be a part of it. And we're just so appreciative for this. It's amazing how many people have come and come and gone through these years at the rescue mission to its 47 years of existence. You know, sometimes we just reminisce about people we used to know that came through, and we think about where they are today. Or some of them are long, no longer with us, you know? And there's been a lot of challenges. I think the greatest challenge has been coded 19. We're so thankful for these buildings we already have. I was telling this morning in our staff meeting that these buildings have really helped us thio handle the coach in 19 because we've got these smaller dorm rooms where we can segregate people in quarantine them. Whereas if we didn't have these buildings, um, I think it would have been a lot worse here when we did have an outbreak. And right now we don't have any way praise the Lord for that. We're thankful for the buildings we have. We need some or like this because there's gonna be something else. It may just be a bad fluid. Maybe Hope we never go through another coded like this. Another for what do you call it? Uh, Albert Pandemic like this, but still nonetheless, we're so thankful for what the Lord has done. I'm thankful for the mills is Thank you for the rescue mission and thank you for this opportunity. Speak. And what Rob was mentioned about the cove. It there. We've had Duke comes over on a regular basis and test all of our clients that the rescue mission, I think last week or the week before they tested er vory client 300 of the clients in the men's campus for Kobe. You know how many tested positive? 00 And I think a lot of credit goes that Teoh, Rob and the Staff and Gary and how they're keeping it organized. I think they really believe in that great philosopher. Uh, that that said what? That that great philosopher Barney Barney said. And it nip it in the bud. And I think our staff has been doing a great job of just nipping it in the bud. And, uh, there, as up right now we're running about 400 homeless men, women and Children, as's faras. I know it. We test on a regular basis there. Nobody negative with over there. Positive? Nobody, Uh, nobody positive. I believe that's the first mistake I've ever made. I e make Bunches of them there. But thank you for coming today. And what a blessing. And, uh, I tell you, I'm looking forward to the future. I'm looking forward to building this building way. Need this building? Uh, I cannot say no to a crime mama that needs help for her son or daughter. So we'll be praying and trying to raise all we can to raise money to build this third building for the rescue mission there. We're so proud to have Steve Johnson with us. He's board of director of the Durham Rescue mission. Been an excellent job. And, Steve, would you come and especially pray for Rob Tart and the ministry that God will give him here at the Durham rescue mission? Thank you, Steve Johnson. Let's pray while that we want to first of all give you the glory great things you have done, testimony of this mission and the transformation wise, We just praise your name for all you've done through the burden that you gave Ernie and Gail so many years ago. And, father, now we pray for this transition, Lord, they need wisdom and ability as they transition. And so does brother off. Thank you for always supplying that, but their desire and hours that in all decisions we'd have your mind in all these matters on Lord, not just with the building but the transformation of lives. That this work would continue for the glory of God to take hopeless and helpless men and women and even boys and girls and transform them to save them and give them hope. Help! We'll give you the glory. We give you the glory now for all that you've accomplished. But for the future, we give it to you asking Jesus name. Amen. Okay. Now, if anybody would like to ask some questions of media, you're welcome to ask questions. Get my wife answer room. No, I tried. Yeah. How much money do you need to reign, Mike? Steven, how much money? I have? A 3.8 meals. 3.8 million. Mike Stevens, 66. 66 million. 66 Bed. See, I really thank God for my staff that he pulls together. I don't have all the answers, but I tell you, God's put a team together. That really knows how to run the mission there. How so? I don't know. You mentioned you wanted to break ground next year. So how soon do you need to have that money to make that a reality? We do not build until we do have the money in hand. So we will raise the money first, uh, especially, and that's been our philosophy throughout our ministry. Never go in debt. And I think that's one reason we've been able to survive the covert virus. We never dreamed of anything like that's hitting us, but we were in good financial position going into it, even though we lost a lot of sales that are thrift store because of it. Yet we were still able to weather the storm. So we raise the money and then we build the building and our goal is to break ground this year and then had the building built before next year. Or you wanna like they're to be even more need. For the Germans. The pandemic is over and after our economy that take for so long. Yes, I really expect the the perfect storm because of Cove it people laid off their jobs. A lot of businesses going bankrupt completely there never reopened their doors. That means a lot of people never be rehired. And so I really think it would be a lot of ripple down the road because of the board nous of the shut ends. I think the alcohol sales are going sky high. I think addiction is going to rise. And so I really expect toe increase. I like to say a great increase, but I just said, increasing homeless, needing our facility, sharing the rescue missions. That's why it's imperative imperative that we raise the money quickly and get this building on the way. Yes, it looked very similar to match of that and, you know, a lot of people that is referred to our campus here at looking like a college campus. And we are We're not just a homeless shelter. We are training facility. Yes, we're homeless, but we're training facility and a rehab facility, help those that primarily addicted get off of the addiction and turn their lives around. And so as the image that we're trying to present that, yes, we are a campus here. How many more people do you think you'll be able to help when you have that building at 66 66 more and just for you, Thio leaving as the moving on to this thing. Other purpose. Just talk about what that means. Going forward in your home for the future. I feel really confident that the rescue mission will be an excellent hands. I mean, that's an excellent staff here, and I'll be raising funds to build the building and then to after we build the building, I'll still be working on getting the financial stability of emissions. Still raising funds, uh, to help, in case we have another cove it in the future. Nobody knows what the future holds. So I've been trying to create a rainy day fund, so the mission can have that stability that it needs going forward. Okay. Thank you for coming. Thank you for coming. Stay with this one. Right? Steve's already praying it was memorable. Yeah, I told yeah. Yeah, these days in the hospital. Thank you. Have you been anything? I also get your 15 years ago, right? If I want a picture of this, whatever