Mission & Story

Mission Statement

Cleveland County Rescue Mission is a non-profit faith based organization dedicated to providing shelter, recovery programs and support services to the homeless by proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,” Philippians 1:4 KJV

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6 KJV

Our Story

Beginning in 1985, a rotating night shelter system for homeless individuals was opened in churches throughout Shelby.  At the same time, a rotating five-day-a-week soup kitchen ministry started meeting for lunch in Shelby churches.  By 1990, a location was secured for a homeless shelter and it was dedicated at 301 N. Washington Street in Shelby.  In the year 2000, a local agency agreed to administer the work of the shelters for men and women thru February of 2009.

The community began conversations in late 2007 as to how a new organization of compassion could be called together to be ready to manage the men’s shelter and address the larger issues of homelessness in Cleveland County.

In February of 2009, the (IFA) Inter-faith Alliance was launched, (the governing board of the Cleveland County Rescue Mission) as a means through which the people of Cleveland County could work together to address the emergency shelter needs of homeless people while encouraging an on-going conversation of all community partners to end homelessness in Cleveland County.  In, July of 2010, the Cleveland County Rescue Mission officially assumed responsibility of day to day shelter services.

What’s in a name?

Gospel rescue missions have a long history of providing lifelines for those drowning in the waves of adversity and the undertow of addiction. For more than a century, they have been keeping watch on the waterfront of despair, and countless men, women, and children have been saved in every sense of the word.

Gospel is part of our name because their leaders are compelled foremost by Jesus’ instructions to actively care for those in need, and to introduce them to the liberating good news of His kingdom and all it represents.

Our name includes rescue because delivering those in need from danger is the critical and consuming first part of a sometimes slow but always exciting journey that leads to new desires, choices, and direction in life.

The word missions is in the name because those in need see each of our structures as a bastion of protection and a refuge from fatigue and failure.

How Can You Help?


Your gift aids the Cleveland County Rescue Mission in providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, medical assistance for the poor, and a renewed sense of self-worth for so many. In addition, your gift equals Job training, GED education, employment preparation skills, recovery for the addicted, and the list goes on and on.

Visit our Donate Now page to give your best tax-deductible donation or click Volunteer Information for opportunities to volunteer within the rescue mission.