Stability, then transformation. Implementing true change takes time. We’re dedicated to assisting those willing to commit to the task of achieving self-sufficiency. We work diligently with our clients to prepare them to re-enter the workforce, earn a living wage, and build the skills for a fulfilling life. Our end goal is for those who come to us homeless to eventually move into their own rental housing, and then purchase their own home. We do this by providing:

  • Life skills training
  • Vocational training
  • Financial coaching
  • Transportation to and from work
  • Purchase of automobile
  • Childcare
  • Transitional housing
  • Permanent housing

Our New Life Plan gives our Clients a 6-phase process that guides them through this transformation.

New Life Plan
New Life Plan
Men, women, and children participated last year
In our care last year
Men & Women
Men & Women
Received career training and got a job
Jobs For Life
Jobs For Life
Graduates last year
Tutoring + Counseling
Tutoring + Counseling
Hours provided to kids
In tutoring program

Our long-term strategy to impact the lives of those who have faced homelessness also includes a deep belief that the cycle of poverty and homelessness can be directly related to reading proficiency and school performance. Because of this belief, and because at any given time about 1/3 of the occupancy of our facilities are children, we have many programs in place specifically geared toward children. Read more about our Children’s Advocacy.

After immediate needs are met including spiritual, healthcare and hygiene, our clients begin work-based training to develop the skills and character needed to have successful employment, and overcome issues that are negatively affecting their lives. While staying at the Mission, clients work on-site performing some of the daily tasks that contribute to the overall organization. Clients can be trained in:

  • Housekeeping/Janitorial
  • Food Service/Culinary arts
  • Retail/Marketing
  • Maintenance
  • Administrative
  • Landscaping
  • Early Childhood Development/Childcare
  • Warehouse Management
  • Construction

Along with daily responsibilities, and with the job and life skills training we provide, we know when our clients are ready to seek a job outside the Mission. We then partner with our agencies and employers to help individuals obtain jobs. Additionally transportation to and from the workplace can be provided.

Hear Our Clients Stories

  • 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
  • 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