Hendersonville Rescue Mission (HRM) was born in 1981 from the dreams of a man who, while studying to become a minister, drove a Little Debbie truck to make a living. Every day on his route George Cox saw people in need, and every day he wanted to help but wasn’t sure how. When a fellow church member gave him $50 “for your ministry” he knew just what to do: he bought a commercial size coffeepot and began to serve coffee and Little Debbie snacks right on 7th Avenue in Hendersonville, in an area that would soon become home to HRM.
While Hendersonville Rescue Mission began with simple snacks and fellowship over time it grew, and the mission deepened. Today HRM operates under the leadership of Reverend Anthony McMinn, President/CEO, with an ongoing mission to minister to the underprivileged by way of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping to provide for their spiritual and physical needs, with an integral focus on self-help programs while offering housing and counseling to men and women alike.
Upon their arrival, HRM guests must meet with counselors and agree to a 3-night minimum stay, giving counselors the opportunity to evaluate the course of action that can best help each person. They offer separate quarters for men and women, all featuring beds, showers and clothing if needed. The women’s quarters also accept women with young children.
Says Rev. McMinn, “As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HRM’s programming was adjusted to safely provide essential services to those in need. While the day center and clothing closet services were temporarily suspended, shelter hours were expanded from overnight to a full 24 hours to allow social distancing. We adapted to provide curbside to-go meals and telehealth service for non-shelter guests. A big shout-out to Blue Ridge Health Services for their hard work and for the COVID tests they performed at our Good Samaritan Clinic. That was a game-changer for us to keep our doors open.”
Regular meal service resumed in June of 2020 with temporary plexiglass shields and mask requirements. Socially distant clothing closet services gradually re-opened and expanded; and on April 23, 2021, HRM re-opened the day center.
Adds McMinn with confidence, “HRM continues serving those in need and is prepared to adapt the provision of essential services, as necessary so that they are delivered in the safest possible manner.”
HRM offers four sequential programs, each requiring commitment on the part of the participants to show that they are willing to work towards changing their lives for the better.
Tim Jones, COO at Hendersonville Rescue Mission, emphasizes that the goal, as always, is to move clients toward healthy, independent, productive lives with a spiritual base to guide their way. He is proud of HRM’s success rate in effecting lasting change. “About 60% of our guests complete one of our programs, and over 70% of those folks are then able to find stable housing.”
HRM offers a number of other services, all in keeping with its mission:
Forty years later, HRM remains unwavering in its mission to help men and women who are going through a tough spot in life, with the ultimate goal of giving them the tools needed to bring about lasting change and to better their lives. They have influenced the lives of thousands for the better since their humble beginnings with that coffee pot and Little Debbie snack cakes.
For more information about HRM call 828-697-1354 or send an email to email@example.com. They’d love to hear from you!