Dove’s Nest motivates women to make major life changes.

Dove's Nest resident studying

Resident studying The Bible at Dove’s Nest


Dove’s Nest, the women’s program of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, is a four to twelve month program that follows a diagnostic period that last approximately two-weeks.

Resident Eligibility

Prospective residents must call the Admission’s Coordinator personally & follow directions given. We currently work from a waiting list. 704-333-HOPE ext. 113 (Leave your name and a number where you can be reached within 24 to 48-hours.)

A resident must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be motivated for making major life changes and willing to following directions
  • Have a original valid photo identification AND social security card upon admission
  • No legal or other outside issues that will create disruption of the resident’s program
  • Submit to a full drug screen which includes alcohol upon admission
  • Be medically & psychiatrically stable
  • Able to sit for an hour at time
  • Climb stairs
  • Not on any medications that contain benzodiazepines, barbiturates, alcohol, narcotics or anti-psychotic medications.
  • If pregnant, not over 12 weeks gestation WITH a current obstetrician approval for the program AND a viable aftercare or supportive residence in place post-discharge
  • Be able to read on a 7th grade level
  • Speak, hear, read & write English
  • Since we are not hospital based, we cannot admit women that have chronic medical conditions requiring frequent medical appointments, eating disorders and certain types of personality and psychiatric disorders (check with the admission’s coordinator.)
  • Have at least a 30-day supply of medications


Family members that wish to gain visitation privileges must follow the directions of the Family Counselor and become active in the program which may include involvement in our weekly Family Program AND/OR mandatory Al-anon meeting attendance.

Following a two-week diagnostic period a resident may be admitted into the Diagnostic Phase, where they experience:

  • Assessments and Care plan completion
  • Those without insurance obtain a medical sliding scale card
  • Screening at the local health department
  • Mental Health evaluation
  • Learn the basic program schedule environment

Phase One – 120-day structured program, residents will experience weekly individual counseling, group therapy, education classes and various activities, living skills training, biblical application for emotional wounds and sober support group development
Phase Two – our Continuing Care Division (CCD) is approximately 240-days in length and designed for women that:

  • do not have supportive and safe environments to return to
  • have chronic relapse traits
  • have previously completed this program and are eligible for readmission

Resident Policy Statement

It is the policy of Charlotte Rescue Mission not to discriminate against any resident or potential resident. We do require all residents to be age 18 or older. Residents must also be able to maneuver throughout the facility. It is our policy to ensure and maintain an environment free of coercion, harassment and intimidation. We will take immediate action to ensure that this policy is implemented.