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#52tuesdays: Charlotte Rescue Mission

Written by Addie Rising    on February 21, 2017    in
Charlotte Rescue Mission's Rebound campus for men just on the outskirts of Uptown bustles with a hopeful energy for its residents, one-time homeless men struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs. A screen with the week's schedule is filled from wake-up at 5:45 a.m. until lights out at 10:30 p.m. with meetings, devotions, activities and chores to keep the 150 residents invested in their treatment. 

Charlotte Rescue Mission offers a free-of-charge 120-day residential drug recovery program that empowers individuals to move beyond the cycles of homelessness and addiction to become productive citizens in the community. In addition to the men's Rebound program, Charlotte Rescue Mission operates Dove's Nest, a recovery program and home for 90 women and 30 of their children.

Founded in 1938 by Charlotte business men including Billy Graham’s Father, Frank Graham, Charlotte Rescue Mission has always been committed to serving the homeless and sharing the gospel of Christ. Reverand Tony Marciano has served as the Mission’s Executive Director since 1996 and still leads resident devotionals. 

#GivingTuesdayCLT gave the Mission a boost toward the end of 2016 to help with operating expenses in 2017. Free of charge to all residents of both Rebound and Dove's Nest are counseling services, the learning center and room and board. Value of program services for residents is $25 a day. Last year 529 men and women were served at Charlotte Rescue Mission with 65 percent remaining sober six months after graduation.  Another amazing statistic is 72 percent were able to secure stable housing within six months of graduation.

"There is a difference between sobriety and recovery," Charlotte Rescue Mission Community Relations Coordinator Christy Baker said. "Our staff try to find the root of the addiction. It's not just a dirty disease of choice. Something drives it."

In addition to counseling and education, residents can have a little fun. Charlotte Rescue Mission has a gym for the men at Rebound complete with volunteer-led CrossFit classes. 

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