Oct. 17, 2005 - Durham, NC - The Durham Rescue Mission moved several of its families to an impressive new shelter this fall with the help of some good Samaritans, including four PSNC Energy employees.
Eddie Howard, Al McGirt, Joe Spinks and Gary Utley, all of whom work in the Durham area, provided manpower plus a trailer in tow for the big move.
Joined by volunteers from local businesses, they loaded up the belongings of the mostly women and children who were transferring to the program's Good Samaritan Inn.
To celebrate this unique homecoming, the moving caravan paraded through downtown Durham until reaching the inn's location near Interstate 85.
Durham Mayor Bill Bell led this lively procession, which included PSNC Energy trucks and a special float occupied by the transplanted families.
The Good Samaritan Inn is just the latest shelter project completed by the Durham Rescue Mission – a non-profit organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Ernie C. Mills in 1974. What began as a ministry devoted to helping homeless men has expanded to include shelters for mothers with children, for single women and for intact families.
"We are so thankful to have generous neighbors like PSNC Energy in our community," said Mills. "Their water heaters were a wonderful gift, and we're grateful to the employees who worked several Saturdays with us to convert an old motel into safe and warm living space for homeless individuals and families."
The work of the Durham Rescue mission continues and, thanks to the time and talent of PSNC Energy employees, its Good Samaritan Inn offers a safe sanctuary for those in need.