Charlotte Rescue Mission community campaign will help men in recovery

Charlotte Rescue Mission has launched the Miracle at Cedar Street, a capital campaign to raise $25 million for a new men’s campus for the cost-free, residential drug and alcohol recovery program they provide. The current facility is nearly 100 years old.

Originally designed as an office building, the facility operates under an outdated building code, does not comply with ADA standards, and has limited options for mitigating the spread of illnesses.

The new building will provide a more conducive space for recovery, and it will also allow the Mission to serve more than 100 additional men each year.

The Miracle at Cedar Street campaign is being led by co-chairs Harvey Gantt, former mayor of Charlotte, and Heath Campbell, Charlotte/Metrolina Region president of Truist Financial Corporation. The full cabinet includes:

  • Bruce Barkley of Duke Energy
  • Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America
  • Malcomb Coley of Ernst & Young
  • Kandi W. Deitemeyer of Central Piedmont Community College
  • James D. Frias of Nucor Corporation
  • Tom Glick of Tepper Sports & Entertainment
  • Frank Harrison of Coca-Cola Consolidated
  • Pat Rodgers of Rodgers Builders
  • Alison Summerville of Ally Bank
  • Tom Skains, Retired

Sizable donations have been made by Truist Financial Corporation ($1 million), Nucor Corporation (donated steel for the building, valued at $4 million), and Coca-Cola Consolidated ($1 million), among others.

“This campaign is timely and sorely needed, because it addresses issues of homelessness, affordable housing, drug addiction, and social mobility,” stated Harvey Gantt. “Our purpose at Truist, to inspire and build better lives and communities, aligns directly with the work of Charlotte Rescue Mission, which has helped thousands of men and women find recovery, gain life skills and restore relationships,” Truist Metrolina Regional President Heath Campbell stated.

“We’re excited to be a part of this campaign which will create a state-of-the-art facility that enhances the Mission’s ability to deliver their high-quality and much-needed services to our community.” “We are excited and encouraged by the way the community has rallied around this important effort,” said Tony Marciano, president and CEO of Charlotte Rescue Mission. “The generosity of the Charlotte community allows us to continue providing this vital service free of charge to those who need it most.”

To learn more and donate, visit www.miracleatcedarstreet.org.

Charlotte Rescue Mission provides a free 120-day Christian residential program for men and women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and are predominantly homeless. Charlotte Rescue Mission was recently ranked by Newsweek as the #1 Addiction Center in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.charlotterescuemission.org or call 704-333-HOPE.

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