“When I was here, I didn’t feel homeless.”
Twenty years ago, Lakesha came to the Mission as a homeless single mother. She was 18 years old, and she was desperate to find a way to care for her 3-year-old daughter. We gave her a place to stay, and soon, Lakesha entered our long-term care program.
“The Mission gave me a place to stay when I had nowhere else to go,” Lakesha shares. “When I was here, I didn’t feel homeless. I had a warm, safe place and a sense of security so I could focus on what I needed to do in my life.”
Lakesha did indeed focus on what she needed to do in her life. She completed the program, then graduated from college, bought her own home, and is now the executive director of a local counseling agency.
“I wanted to show my children that no matter what situation you find yourself it, it’s not the end,” Lakesha smiles. “It’s an opportunity to begin again. Anything is possible when you believe in God and believe in yourself!”
Lakesha’s is just one of the encouraging stories that we’re blessed to tell at Raleigh Rescue Mission. Over the last year, we served almost 160,000 meals and offered safe shelter and a fresh start to thousands of men, women and children in the Wake County area. For a closer look at the incredible work God did in our midst last year, please take a moment to read our Ministry Report.
And if you’d like to be a part of the work God is doing at the Mission, please give now! Your gifts give people like Lakesha strength for today and hope for tomorrow.