Learn more about our mission to provide hope to Charlotte’s addicted homeless.
Mission Statement: To minister the Good News of Christianity to individuals caught in the crisis of poverty, hopelessness, or addictions by meeting their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs.
SPIRITUAL – We are a Christian recovery program. We believe that with Jesus Christ as our higher power, recovery from any addiction is possible. We provide Biblically based counseling, we share the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage worship through chapel services and Bible studies.
MENTAL – We strive to conquer feelings of shame, worthlessness, inferiority, defectiveness, and powerlessness by providing our residents a safe place to begin to trust and exhibit openness.
PHYSICAL – We address drug and alcohol abstinence with licensed and certified substance abuse counselors. We provide opportunities for physical education and recreation. Our nurses assist residents in dealing with other health issues they may have.
SOCIAL – Since individual maturity stops at the onset of addiction, our goal is to provide an environment where the resident may improve relationships with friends and family members. We also provide counseling for family members with our trained staff.
VOCATIONAL - Training, through therapeutic job placement, is provided to the resident, enabling them to reenter society as a productive member.
Founded in 1938, the Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Over the years, the Mission has been located in several different uptown Charlotte buildings and has been called several different names, but our commitment to serving the homeless and sharing the gospel of Christ has never changed.
Many people who came to the Mission for help during these early years were struggling with addiction. In 1990, the Mission made a commitment to hire a Christian staff trained in professional substance abuse recovery services. With this, Charlotte Rescue Mission launched a 90-day residential program empowering individuals to move beyond cycles of homelessness and addiction to become productive citizens in the community. This program is known as Rebound and has helped thousands of men over the years.
Rebound served men struggling with addiction and homelessness; but, despite a staggering community need, there was no similar program for women. In 1992 Charlotte Rescue Mission launched the Dove’s Nest program. Similar to Rebound, Dove’s Nest provides comprehensive addiction recovery services for women.
In 1995, Rebound men’s Halfway House opened its doors. The Halfway House provides further opportunities for Rebound graduates to maintain long-term sobriety as they transition out of dependency on community programs and transition into self-sufficiency.
In 2008, Dove’s Nest Capital Campaign was launched to expand Dove’s Nest women’s addiction recovery program from a 12-bed facility to a 120-bed facility. For the first time in our history, the Mission is now able to serve children as well as their mothers, with beds for 90 women and 30 of their children. Doors of this new facility opened in July, 2012.