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

As part of our New Life Plan, we provide assessment and counseling to children and adults who are struggling with the long lasting effects of trauma and stress. Based on the assessments, we determine the counseling needs of each man, woman, and child. We contract with several providers, including individuals and agencies, to offer both individual and group counseling. Counseling may occur on-site at the Mission, while some clients travel to off-site counselors and therapists.

Hear Our Clients Stories

  • It's Never Too Late For Transformation
    At 60 years of age, Celia has found stability and her own apartment
    Celia's Story
  • Every Day Became About Survival
    Miriam found the courage to leave a long time abusive relationship
    Miriam's Story
  • Adverse childhood effects (ACEs) had devastating consequences for Kenny
    Watch his video to find out what Kenny found at the end of his 35-year struggle. 
    Kenny's Story
  • She worked up her courage to leave a public housing neighborhood
    Thanks to our New Life Plan Program, she has a job and recently moved with her children into a home of her own.
    Lashanda's Story
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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