Larry C. Strickland

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Retired, Director City of Raleigh Inspections

Larry Strickland worked for the City of Raleigh for over 34 years before retiring in the spring of 2011. At the time of his retirement, he was the Director of the Raleigh Inspections Department. He was responsible for enforcement of the land use regulations and building and minimum housing codes, as well as plans review for permitting. He previously worked in the Raleigh Parks and Recreation and the Raleigh Planning Departments, before moving into the Raleigh Inspections Department in 1981, where he assumed ever greater responsibilities.  

Frances D. Bisby

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Assistant Secretary
Transportation Engineer,
NCDOT, Transportation Planning Branch

Frances Bisby is currently a Transportation Engineer and Coordinator for the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization within NCDOT's Transportation Planning Branch. She oversees the long-range, multimodal planning efforts for the Transportation Management Area and over 300,000 residents. She has 10 years of experience in traffic engineering and three years in long-range transportation planning.

Mahlon L. Aycock

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Mahlon L.
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Owner, Char-Grill Companies

Mahlon Aycock has been a Co-Owner and Operator of Char-Grill Restaurants, Inc for 38 years. He’s lived in the Raleigh Area since 1975 and graduated from Atlantic Christian College with a degree in Accounting. 

Finding Hope In the Midst of Loss

“I lost my child, my marriage, my home . . .then I received an Easter miracle!” 

Losing her two-year-old son to illness left Teresa* broken. She buried him on Valentine’s Day. The grief was overwhelming and Teresa just shut down. Her husband coped with his pain by having an affair. Her marriage fell apart.  

Teresa told us that one day she came home from work “and there was a padlock on my door.” They had been evicted from their apartment and her husband had moved without her. 

She was homeless.

Pork Out at Lafayette Village

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Saturday, July 19
Lafayette Village

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Lafayette Village will host their 2nd annual BBQ Festival and Competition to benefit Raleigh Rescue Mission on Saturday, July 19, 2014. If you love to barbeque, come show off your skills and compete for some fabulous prizes. This is a all day event and the fun begins at 11:00 AM with tasting and judging beginning at Noon! Only 20 team spots available with entries due on or before June 15th, 2014 so sign up early!

Changes to GED Exam Create Challenges for Homeless

The Mission needs the community's support to help students obtain their GED. 

Raleigh Rescue Mission has served as a GED training site in partnership with Wake Technical Community College for the past 20 years. In 2014, changes to the GED test administration made obtaining a GED more difficult and costly.

Three major changes to the new exam in North Carolina include more rigorous content based on the Common Core Standard, an increase in cost almost triple that of its predecessor and a test that is computer-based only.

White Flag Days Continue into March

With temperatures dipping below freezing, we prepare to shelter more homeless women and children. 

The extreme cold weather brings an increase in the demand for our services. During extreme temperatures, Raleigh Rescue Mission raises a white flag outside of our building as part of the county’s “White Flag” system. The “White Flag” system is a county initiative to house as many homeless people as possible during extreme inclement weather.  We implement “White Flag”, whenever the temperature is projected to be 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below any time between 6 p.m.

2014 Homeless Services Resource Referral Card

A great way to help the homeless!

Have you ever encountered a homeless person and wanted to help them but not sure how? Giving money may help temporarily, or it may enable them to continue habits that have attributed to their homelessness.  You don’t want to ignore them; you want to help in a meaningful way.  One way you can help in that moment is to provide them with information about where and how they can get the assistance they need.

A Drug Dealer Since Age 13 Starts Over

Marcus was the oldest of three and grew up without a father. His mother spent every moment she could partying. Marcus dropped out of school and left home . . . at the tender age of 13!

Marcus* was the oldest of three and grew up without a father. His mother spent every moment she could partying. Marcus dropped out of school and left home . . . at the tender age of 13!

What kind of work does a youngster like that find on the streets? Dealing drugs. On the outside, Marcus became a hardened criminal. On the inside, he was still a caring big brother. He used the money he made to help support his brother and sister. He urged them to graduate high school, and even bought their caps and gowns.

Polar Vortex Means More White Flag Nights

Extreme cold places higher demand on Mission's services.

January has brought with it extreme cold weather, increasing the demand for our services. When temperatures hit freezing or below, we implement the county’s “White Flag” program, a Wake County initiative to house as many people as possible during extreme inclement weather. When temperatures drop below freezing, Raleigh Rescue Mission hangs a white flag outside our building indicating that it is a White Flag night and that we will house extra women and children in our Emergency Overnight Services.