It takes a lot for Western Carolina Rescue Ministries to serve the poor and hurting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We cannot do it alone. We depend on the generous participation of visitors and neighbors, businesses and churches, families and friends --people like you, who are willing to commit time, talent and treasure to seeing the love of Jesus restore broken lives scattered throughout our community.
When it comes down to it, if you don't know, you can't help. By exploring this website, subscribing to our newsletter or taking a Ministry tour, you can discover more about the people we serve, the problems they face and how you can partner with us to make a difference.
Each need that we meet has the potential to change a person's life. All of our services, everything from the simplest meal to 12 months of intense residential addiction treatment, are free of charge. This means that no matter what, even the poorest man, woman or child that arrives at our door can get the help they desperately need. It also means that generosity fuels the help and hope offered at Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. Your gift now can change the life of someone in need...forever.
You may not have experience serving meals to hungry men, comforting women who have lost everything or fitting new shoes on children with blistered feet, but you have what it takes. You have time. Around Western Carolina Rescue Ministries time easily translates into love. As much as people need food, clothing or shelter, they also need to know that someone genuinely cares. We can show you how to meet the physical needs, but by sharing your time with this Ministry, you can bring simple compassion where it is needed most. A few ways that you can share your time:
- Serve Meals
- Sort Donated Items
- Event Helper
- Give Away Food Boxes
There are many ways to help people in need that really only require time and care, but many of us also have skills and experience that can be leveraged to accomplish so much more. When volunteers do what they do best, combining a passion with compassion, the Ministry is empowered as never before and lives are changed forever. By investing your talents in this Ministry alongside the many others whom God has called here, you can be a part of bringing more help, healing and hope to others than you ever could alone. Some of the ways others have volunteered their skills:
- Bible Study Leaders
- Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters
- Legal Advice
- Medical Volunteers
- Event Planners
- Professional Counseling
Whether unused or unwanted, any item donated to the Ministry equips us to directly meet the specific and immediate needs of those who turn to us for help. Each item that we do not have to purchase makes our financial resources go further. While not all goods lend themselves for immediate use, food, clothing, linens, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies can always go to fill the ongoing basic needs of the homeless and hurting.
New or lightly used items that do not fit a particular Ministry need can also be donated to our Rescue Mission Thrift Stores. The proceeds from the sale of all the furniture, books, clothing, household items, electronics and more go directly to keeping our doors open to those who have nowhere else to turn. The truth is, sharing the stuff that fills our attics, closets, basements or garages can actually help fill empty lives throughout Western North Carolina.
Prayer is an important part of Western Carolina Rescue Ministries. Through regular, personal communication with the Lord, we can discover His heart for broken people and embrace His work in meeting their needs. We believe that agreement through prayer about every aspect of this Ministry is the privilege and responsibility of every donor, staff member, partner, volunteer, and client. We invite you to join us in praising God for continuing to bless this Ministry and encourage you to ask Him to provide abundantly for the needs of people we serve.
Spread the Word
We value our relationships with our partners and our clients, but we also desire to engage our community as we minister to and through it. To do this, we need friends who are willing to represent the Ministry right where they are, amongst their family, friends and coworkers. Passing along a newsletter, arranging a Ministry tour, organizing a speaking engagement, or hosting fundraising and awareness events are just a few ways to help spread the word. As an advocate, you can share truthfully about hunger, homelessness and poverty, celebrate the successes of our clients, educate others about our work, and rally the community to help us help others!