Durham Rescue Mission

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Durham Rescue Mission (DRM) is a Christianity-based charity in Durham, NC that provides aid to the homeless. It was founded by Ernie Mills and his wife in 1974.

DRM reportedly discourages its workers from seeking mental healthcare, apparently in the belief that prayer is a superior alternative. (This is hearsay which Issuepedia has not been able to confirm.)

In 2011, DRM drew criticism for its efforts to close two through-streets in a slowly revitalizing area of eastern Durham, as detailed in an article in the Endangered Durham blog, with the aid of legal giant K&L Gates.





  • 2011/01/19 [L..T] Fuller Memorial Presbyterian / Durham Rescue Mission “Plans submitted to the City / County Planning department with the rezoning demonstrated several worrisome elements to neighbors. The scale had grown considerably from the single multipurpose building discussed in previous years; it now stretched over portions of five city blocks, involved the demolition of 9 houses in historic district, and contemplated the closing of two streets, creating a fenced/gated facility stretching over three blocks.”