Breaking the cycle of homelessness

Root Causes of Poverty

Many of the children who come to the Mission have been subjected to trauma including domestic abuse, substance abuse, sexual abuse, and other family disorders or disturbances. Living through these adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can lead to “toxic stress” which affects the brain and physical development of children.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Include:

  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional neglect
  • Physical neglect
  • Mother treated violently
  • Household substance abuse
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member
  • Bullying (by other child or adult)
  • Witness violence outside home
  • Witness sibling abuse
  • Racism, sexism, or other discrimination
  • Being homeless
  • Natural disasters or war

Hear Our Clients Stories

  • What seemed too good to be true indeed turned out to be too good to be true.
    Our New Life Plan is helping him turn things around
    Greg's Story
  • After 24 years in the military, Ivan found himself Homeless
    Ivan needed help when he could not cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Ivan's Story
  • From homeless as a child to Biomolecular Engineer Graduate
    Alexandra came to the Mission as 9-year old child with her mother.
    Alexandra’s Story
  • April needed a new beginning and new life for her and her children.
    Raleigh Rescue Mission's New Life Plan offered all the support she needed to begin again.
    April's Story
  • At 60 years old, she unexpectedly was jobless and struggling to pay rent
    God led her to Raleigh Rescue Mission, just in time for Thanksgiving.
    Brenda's Story
  • Felix's mother chose her abuser over her own children.
    Because of support from friends like you, Felix took life and job-skills classes from the Mission, and found work during the night shift at a nursing home.
    Felix's Story
  • Ila grew up in poverty that’s hard to imagine
    The legacy of this kind of deprivation during childhood is often dropping out of school, having children young and passing on the suffering of poverty to the next generation.
    Ila's Story
  • Growing up in foster care, she became the next generation of homelessness
    Thanks to caring friends like you, Lisa and her baby found food, shelter and life-changing hope at Raleigh Rescue Mission
    Lisa's Story
  • She could no longer afford rent or find a living wage job.
    She walked aimlessly for hours, her baby held tightly in her arms, her daughters jumping at every little noise.
    Sheryl's Story