Who We Are

Our mission is to provide Rescue, Recovery and Restoration in Jesus’ Name. Each of the three components of our Ministry - Rescue, Recovery and Restoration - is about meeting people in crisis where they are, caring for them with dignity and restoring them to healthy, productive lives.

To really understand what we do, though, you must also understand why we serve. Our belief is that God has so much more for the men, women and children of Western North Carolina struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction.

We are called to help bring stability to the chaos of these wounded lives and help them discover the plans and potential that God has placed in them.

Whether serving hundreds of meals each day, providing thousands of beds each year, offering a free residential addiction program, or equipping the working poor with life skills and job training, we are committed to reflecting the love of Jesus in a way that changes lives and transforms our community.

Our History

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries has served our community faithfully since March of 1981. For over thirty years, we have seen God move mightily in the lives of the men and women we serve. Some women and men come in for food and shelter, while others benefit from our one-year residential recovery program which offers freedom from the chains of addiction. People are at the heart of our mission, and they need God's love.

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Jesus (Gospel of Matthew 25:40)

In 1979, Rev. Arch Cameron who played an important role in the ministry's beginnings wanted people to have , " a place where they can come in from the cold, have a warm meal, and get the help they need to turn their lives around."

The orignal name of the ministry was Western Carolina Rescue "Mission," and while we have stayed true to our rescue mission roots, we have added recovery and restoration services to better serve our community.