Winston-Salem Rescue Mission

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We are a non-denominational Christian ministry meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of hurting people in the Triad area, so that we may proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring glory to God. We offer recovery programs to men facing alcohol and drug addictions. We feed and clothe individuals and families in need. We offer free medical and dental clinics. We offer several opportunities for anyone who wishes to serve others.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission
PO Box 595
Winston-Salem, NC 27102


Phone: 336-723-1848


Organization details

EIN: 560891921

CEO/President: Lou Carrico

Chairman: Marc Ingersoll

Board size: 10

Founder: Rev. Neal Wilcox

Year founded: 1968

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2015


We are a Christian organization that believes in the triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and affirms the transforming life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the salvation for all humanity, and seeks to put Christ at the center of all we say and do.

We are a non-denominational ministry that provides services for anyone who calls on us for help regardless of race, religion, cultural or ethnic background.

We are a service ministry following the example of Christ who came "not to be served, but to serve" and carrying out the Great Commandment to "love our neighbors as ourselves".

We are called to proclaim the gospel to anyone who is lost and in need of the grace and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ.

We seek to glorify God in all we do, believing that by serving the needs of our neighbor, showing kindness and compassion to the hurting and the lost, and sharing the good news of the gospel of Christ with all people we bring glory to God and fulfill our purpose in life.

Mission statement

Here at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, our mission is simple: Helping our most vulnerable neighbors recover from their struggles and find healing through a new life in Jesus Christ. Together, we can make a difference in more lives.

Statement of faith

INSPIRATION - We believe in the inspiration, infallibility, and authority of the Bible as found in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament.

CREATION - We believe that God created the universe, the earth, animals, and man in six literal, twenty-four-hour days.

GOD - We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - equal in nature, deity, power, and glory.

CHRIST - We believe in one Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God. We believe in His substitutionary atonement through His blood, His bodily resurrection, and His imminent return.

SALVATION - We believe in salvation from sin by the grace of God, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His blood which was shed on the cross.

HOLY SPIRIT - We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who convicts and regenerates the sinner, and indwells, seals, and guides the believer.

HEAVEN - We believe in a literal Heaven of conscious eternal blessing for the believer in our Lord Jesus Christ.

HELL - We believe in a literal Hell of conscious eternal torment in the lake of fire for those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

No provision of this statement of faith, once approved by the Board of Directors, shall ever be changed or subtracted from.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating318 of 94167 of 160
Fund acquisition rating332 of 94355 of 160
Resource allocation rating342 of 94357 of 160
Asset utilization rating526 of 941104 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$135,023$221,211$216,605$196,552$205,188
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$763,211$385,997$587,609$286,646$277,743
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,908,450$4,646,481$4,735,793$4,866,084$5,030,501
Other long-term assets$400$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$4,908,850$4,646,481$4,735,793$4,866,084$5,030,501
Total assets$5,672,061$5,032,478$5,323,402$5,152,730$5,308,244
Payables and accrued expenses$98,162$89,589$122,556$93,366$59,146
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$32,120$0
Total current liabilities$98,162$89,589$122,556$125,486$59,146
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$786,849$690,437$843,595$1,003,915$1,222,321
Total liabilities$885,011$780,026$966,151$1,129,401$1,281,467
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,772,465$4,237,370$4,314,935$3,992,422$4,018,107
With donor restrictions$14,585$15,082$42,316$30,907$8,670
Net assets$4,787,050$4,252,452$4,357,251$4,023,329$4,026,777
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,979,468$3,452,528$3,266,127$2,913,476$3,218,006
Program service revenue$73,740$68,611$65,907$65,393$65,480
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,117($2,446)$3,700($1,022)$502
Other revenue$98,037($80,398)$93,706($3,852)($13,121)
Total other revenue$176,894($14,233)$163,313$60,519$52,861
Total revenue$3,156,362$3,438,295$3,429,440$2,973,995$3,270,867
Program services$2,475,663$3,100,537$2,704,930$2,531,186$2,390,378
Management and general$315,154$168,557$128,504$235,715$228,711
Total expenses$3,016,764$3,543,094$3,095,518$2,977,443$3,120,848
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$139,598($104,799)$333,922($3,448)$150,019
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$139,598($104,799)$333,922($3,448)$150,019


Ken HeaterFormer Executive Director$65,043
Lou CarricoExecutive Director$49,689

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/28/2020. To update the information below, please email:


1967 - Several pastors and businessmen became burdened for the homeless and hurting men in Winston-Salem and determined that there was a real need for a rescue mission ministry in the city. A building on North Trade Street was obtained, and Rev. Neal Wilcox was chosen as the first director. He and his wife Barbara moved to Winston-Salem on June 1, 1967, to begin what would become a long and fruitful ministry. The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission officially opened its doors on July 22, 1967.

1973 - The Lawrence Apartments (formerly Lawrence Hospital) were donated to the Mission. This building was remodeled and refurbished, and in October 1974, the Mission building moved from North Trade Street to its current location at 717 Oak Street. This new location enabled the Mission to house up to seventy men each night. During this time, the Mission provided meals and shelter to men who had no home.

1975 - The purchase of a store at 705 North Trade Street provided work opportunities for the men who stayed at the Mission and also helped to bring in income to support the Mission.

1976 - A ladies division was opened and operated for eight years. Due to staffing shortages, it was necessary to close the women's ministry. The building was renamed "Bethel Hall," and the Mission was now able to accommodate eighty-five men.

Also, an apartment building in the Ardmore section of the city was donated to the Mission. This building was traded as a down payment on a farm in Davie County. This farm was used to raise pork and beef as well as some vegetables for the Mission and also provided more work opportunities for the men.

1986 - The Mission purchased a nearby warehouse and established the Industrial Division to provide job therapy and training to the countless men who came to the Mission for help and direction.

1994-1997 - The farm in Davie County was sold, and a 110-acre camp in Yadkin County was leased. The camp property was purchased in 1997, and a long-term drug and alcohol program was established and became known as Alpha Acres, "The Place of New Beginnings." A computer-based learning center was introduced, and a Bible-centered recovery program became a reality.

2000 - The Mission received their certification from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, which recognizes missions that have demonstrated a high quality of service to their communities through well-managed programs and operations.

In September, Rev. Neal Wilcox retired as Executive Director, having served the Mission for thirty-three years. Mr. Danny Parsons, a former Mission Board Member, was named as the new Executive Director. The Mission continued to grow, and the demand for shelter for more homeless men increased.

2003 - 2008 - The Mission purchased the USA Hotel on Trade Street for future expansion of the Mission ministries. Construction of the New Life Center, which housed a one-year residential recovery program for men, was completed in 2008.

2013 - In June, Ken Heater was hired as Assistant Executive Director to serve a six month transition period with Danny Parsons, and on December 31, after 14 years of ministry, Danny Parsons retired as Executive Director.

2014 - On January 1, Ken Heater began serving as the third Executive Director of the Mission. Ken led the Mission in evaluating and improving upgrading policies procedures, and organization structure, upgrading equipment, and software programs, strengthening the recovery programs and discipline structure and formalizing the work therapy programs to better help residents be accountable and prepared for returning to work. Ken also increased attention on balancing work therapy reasonabilities with eduction and recovery.

2015 -The Mission completed and received ECFA certification.

In addition, Centergrove Baptist Church led the way in our Food Pantry renovation by donating cash and labor and coordinating with community vendors to complete this $100,000 project. The new space allows us to serve more clients, and upgrades included new equipment shelving, and new refrigeration and freezer units.

2016 -The Mission completed and received AGRM certification.

2017 - On July 20th, the Thrift Store had a devastating fire that destroyed all the store's internal contents. The supporters of the Rescue Mission donated cash, two truckloads of clothes, a warehouse full of furniture, and many more items. The Lord miraculously provided exceedingly and abundantly beyond our expectations.

In October, our 50th-anniversary banquet celebrated the Past, Present and Future Vision of the Rescue Mission. It was a grand night of worship and celebration. Pastor Rob Decker opened the meeting in prayer, followed by the Piedmont International Choir singing praises to the Lord. We were blessed to have all three executive directors Rev. Neal Wilcox, Mr. Dan Parsons and current Executive Director Mr. Ken Heater. Testimonies were shared by men in recovery, and Pastor Frank Thomas blessed the audience with his incredible voice.

2018 - The Mission saw an exciting increase in volunteerism from local church and school groups, businesses and individuals who served a combined total 18, 500 volunteer hours through the year. Many of these volunteers assisted in the Alpha Acres Banquet, WSRM Banquet, Golf Tournament and Mission 5K.

2019 - In May, Ken Heater submitted his resignation as Executive Director and Lou Carrico was named as the Interim Executive Director. Lou had been with WSRM for 15 years serving in various Program Department roles.

2020- In March, the Mission began experiencing the effects of COVID-19. The Thrift Store was closed for 6 weeks due to the government mandate. All Mission non-essential staff were furloughed with pay, the campus was closed to outside guests and volunteers and the residents were restricted to campus. The closed campus and resident restriction to campus continued to the end of 2020.

In August, Alpha Acres was sold after a recommendation by the Board of Directors.

In September, there was a fire in Bethel Hall which was the result of a faulty exhaust fan. There were 10 program graduates living in Bethel Hall who were either in school or working off campus. Due to the smoke damage, all program residents from Bethel Hall and Life Builders had to spend the night in the gymnasium of a local church. The Bethel Hall fire was too extensive, and the residents were moved back into the New Life Center.

In October, the Mission held its very first Virtual Banquet due to COVID-19.

On November 9th, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Lou Carrico as the 4th Executive Director of WSRM.

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