Many of the people who walk through the door of the Raleigh Rescue Mission tell the staff that they never imagined they would be homeless. But the recent recession has caused many to unexpectedly become homeless after losing their jobs, including a growing number of women with small children.
The Raleigh Rescue Mission is a Christian-based organization that provides a variety of services to the homeless population.
Holly Cook, director of volunteer ministry, said the organization helps people experience a renewed life while they live at the shelter.
“They work on their education, go to Bible study and think about their relationship with God in whole new way,” Cook said. “Because they are not worried about where they are going to sleep, they are able to rebuild their life.”
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Cook said the mission is currently in a financial shortfall because of cuts in funding and a rise in people in need.
The upcoming Mission: Jam 2012 concert by Grace Community Church and Falls River Music will donate all proceeds to the shelter.
The concert will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Grace Community Church, 6561 Meridian Drive, Raleigh. The family-friendly concert will feature 12 bands and solo artists playing a variety of original music including Christian, country, rock and jazz.
The musicians will be a mix of local professionals, students at Falls River Music and even members of the church. Chris Hendricks, a local musician with cerebral palsy, will headline, singing original songs and playing the acoustic guitar.
Tickets are $5 at Falls River Music or online at http://bit.ly/misjamtix. Tickets will also be available at the door. A raffle will feature prizes including Carolina Hockey tickets, a six-month membership to O2 fitness and gift certificates to local restaurants. For more information, call 919-862-8521 or visit the Mission: Jam 2012 Facebook page.
St. Patrick’s Day Dance
St. Paul’s Christian Church is holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 16, in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 3331 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Leon Jordan & The Continentals will be playing big band music, and refreshments will be provided. A free professional swing lesson will be offered from 7:30 to 8 p.m. A silent auction is also included. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 919-787-1278 or 919-601-2279.
Single Empowerment Week
The Millennium Revival Center in Wake Forest is holding a Single Empowerment Week for singles of all ages. The week begins with a celebration service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18. Single women are invited to a School of Esther session by Pastor M. Lamont Cooper called “Before You Change Your Name” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. Both events will be held at the Millennium Revival Center, 10209 Lois Lane, Wake Forest. The week will conclude with a fellowship time at Champps restaurant at Triangle Town Center in Raleigh at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. For more information, call 919-554-4740 or visit www.visitmrc.org.
Spiritual Renewal Services at Longview Baptist
Longview Baptist Church in Raleigh is holding a series of spiritual renewal services next week called “The Message of Jesus from the Cross” with guest speakers and music. The services will be held at 10:55 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, March 18; 7 p.m. Monday, March 19; 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20; and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Windborne United Methodist Church invites children 10 and younger to hunt for Easter eggs at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Baileywick Park in Raleigh. After the egg hunt, children can play games, make crafts and enjoy refreshments. Bring your own basket. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-386-0212.
Temple Beth Or Seder
The Temple Beth Or Sisterhood invites members of the Jewish Community to its kosher-style Second Night Passover Seder. The Seder will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The Seder is $36 for adults, $15 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Financial assistance is available. Reservations must be received by March 26. To make reservations, call 919-781-4895.
The Sisterhood is also holding an event to educate the community about Human Trafficking in North Carolina. Charity Magnuson from NC Stop Human Trafficking will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the temple’s social hall. Registration is not required for the free event.