Durham Rescue Mission


The Durham Rescue Mission is Durham, NC's oldest and largest long-term homeless shelter, providing food, clothing, permanent supportive housing, vocational training, Biblical counseling, job placement, education, accountability and much more to broken men, women and children in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Durham Rescue Mission
P.O. Box 11858
Durham, NC 27703

Website: durhamrescuemission.org

Phone: 919-688-9641

Email: partner@durhamrescuemission.com

Organization details

EIN: 581482590

CEO/President: Dr. Ernie C. Mills Sr.

Chairman: Re. Brad Williams

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. Ernie C. Mills Sr. & Gail Mills

Year founded: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Investing in the Triangle's greatest asset...its people.

Mission statement

Our Mission is to meet through the power of Jesus Christ the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social, and vocational, so that those who are hurting may become fully functioning members of society.

Statement of faith

1. We hold the Bible to be God's Holy Word in its entirety and inspired in every part by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

2. We hold that man was created in the image of God, holy and innocent: that of his own choice, he sinned, and, as a result, brought death upon all humanity. (Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23)

Those who are not saved from sin are eternally separated from God. (John 3:18)

3. We hold that Jesus Christ is God, born of a virgin, that He gave His life on the cross where He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us: that He was buried and arose again from the dead, afterward He ascended into heaven, from whence He will come again. (John 5:39; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Acts 2:9-11)

4. We hold that we are saved by grace through faith, apart from works, that the sinner who repents and personally accepts the finished work of Christ on the cross becomes a child of God, is made a new creature, and is indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 14:17)

5. We hold that Jesus Christ is coming again for His church, to establish His kingdom on earth, to judge the wicked and the lost, cast death and hell into the Lake of Fire, and dwell with the saints forever and ever. (John 14:3; Titus 1:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 17; Revelation 20:6; 20:14; 20:15; 22:1-5)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating113 of 72532 of 145
Fund acquisition rating260 of 72652 of 145
Resource allocation rating108 of 72631 of 145
Asset utilization rating247 of 72554 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,564,917$1,578,241$1,226,002$1,228,569$2,211,601
Short-term investments$1,766,084$1,451,477$1,671,520$1,193,181$1,130,158
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,976,502$6,327,684$6,284,700$5,851,143$6,507,221
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$11,237,703$6,830,997$6,953,054$7,714,388$16,672,360
Other long-term assets$25,000$3,785,585$2,958,451$2,430,016$1,219,503
Total long-term assets$11,262,703$10,616,582$9,911,505$10,144,404$17,891,863
Total assets$17,239,205$16,944,266$16,196,205$15,995,547$24,399,084
Payables and accrued expenses$483,819$501,920$541,529$402,056$455,539
Other current liabilities$0$0$10,605$10,605$10,605
Total current liabilities$483,819$501,920$552,134$412,661$466,144
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$381,142
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$381,142
Total liabilities$483,819$501,920$552,134$412,661$847,286
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$1,957,316$1,860,040$2,112,553$2,783,380
Permanently restricted$0$250,000$250,000$250,000$250,000
Net assets$16,755,386$16,442,346$15,644,071$15,582,886$23,551,798
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,556,805$9,163,873$7,667,526$7,897,648$6,938,715
Program service revenue$523,918$445,000$441,393$489,259$482,038
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$70,339$99,199$97,262$52,606$69,342
Other revenue$4,091,880$4,053,523$3,713,025$4,287,629$3,908,698
Total other revenue$4,686,137$4,597,722$4,251,680$4,829,494$4,460,078
Total revenue$13,242,942$13,761,595$11,919,206$12,727,142$11,398,793
Program services$11,310,734$10,955,989$10,149,429$18,843,152$7,489,900
Management and general$1,204,844$1,291,431$1,248,817$1,337,698$1,022,618
Total expenses$13,144,025$12,855,506$11,976,198$20,755,129$9,037,667
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$98,917$906,089($56,992)($8,027,987)$2,361,126
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$98,917$906,089($56,992)($8,027,987)$2,361,126


Dr Ernie C MillsCEO$196,209
Mrs Gail G MillsSecretary$124,252
Rev Robert TartCOO$122,873

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The Durham Rescue Mission was founded in November 1974 by Dr. and Mrs. Ernie Mills with one goal in mind: to mend shattered lives by restoring families and giving hope in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill for the glory of God. We've remained dedicated to this mission for the past 44 years.

Our rescue mission began in a small, two-story house on the corner of North Holman and East Main Street in Durham, NC, with just enough space to provide shelter for up to a dozen men. After only a short amount of time, we were running out of space to meet the needs of everyone coming through our doors.

In 1978, the Lord blessed us with a larger church building for a men's shelter just a block away from our original location on East Main Street. This new space provided room for up to 35 men.

In 1993, the Lord led us in opening a three-story home for up to five mothers with small children. With an ever-growing waiting list for this women and children's shelter, we soon opened a new shelter for five families in 1997 and a shelter for single women in 1998.

Our women, children, and family division, the Good Samaritan Inn, opened in 2005. The entire project was funded by the gracious support of friends of the Durham Rescue Mission. We are currently able to house more than 100 women, children and families in this facility.

In 2013, we opened our new facility, the Center for Hope, at our men's division. The Center for Hope offers a spacious dining room that seats 250 individuals, a commercial kitchen, classroom space for our Victory Program, a GED classroom, and a computer lab, as well as 3 dormitories. We are thankful for the many friends who gave sacrificially to help this dream become a reality. Over the last few decades, our ministry has grown tremendously. Today, our Durham homeless shelter and urban rescue mission has room to house and provide food, vocational training, counseling and much more to 400 men, women and children in the Triangle area.

We are so thankful for all the ways the Lord has blessed us thus far, and we continue to look to His provision in the years to come. The first Durham Rescue Mission thrift store opened in 2006 at the corner of Cornwallis Road and Highway 55 in Durham, NC. The Raleigh and Chapel Hill thrift store locations opened in 2009 and 2012 respectively, with locations on Glenwood Avenue and Chapel Hill Boulevard.

Each of our thrift stores provides a wide selection of used clothes and other goods for sale, and serves as a drop-off for individuals or businesses in the Triangle interested in donating gently-used household items, vehicles and more to our mission.

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