The Face of Homelessness…It Might Surprise You!

De was at a new low. Five days after his son De’Kavion was born, the mother of this beautiful little boy passed away.

De knew he needed help to get through all the pain and figure out how to take care of his newborn son.

De Thebon Nettles had already experienced a lot of sadness. His mom died when he was 11, and he’d lost 3 brothers and several other members of his extended family. He’d done some grief counseling in the past, but this time he knew he needed more.

He came back to Raleigh where he’d grown up, and where he thought he’d find the best resources. Oak City Cares pointed him to a place where he and his son could remain together – Raleigh Rescue Mission.

“When I found out I could have my son with me, I was so happy. It gave me the strength to change, to see how I can raise my son. I know I can do this, for me and for him,” says De.


Raleigh Rescue Mission’s New Life Plan is a comprehensive plan that guides our clients through a 6-phase process that leads to stability and permanent housing. Adult clients, many of whom are parents, are busy throughout weekdays and weekends receiving intensive care, growing spiritually, attending classes and job training, securing employment, saving money, finding housing and learning to plan financially for a stable future.

A Gift of $72 provides all the comprehensive care for 1 child per day
A Gift of $200 provides tutoring and counseling for one week for 1 child
A Gift of $110 provides all care and services for 1 adult client per day