Remodeled 40-bed dorm opens at Durham Rescue Mission - WRBL

Remodeled 40-bed dorm opens at Durham Rescue Mission

Posted: Updated:
The Durham Rescue Mission opened its new dorm for men today, which includes 40 beds. (Justin Quesinberry, WNCN) The Durham Rescue Mission opened its new dorm for men today, which includes 40 beds. (Justin Quesinberry, WNCN)
DURHAM, N.C. -

While most of us are cranking up our heat in this cold weather, some people are just looking for warm place to stay.

The Durham Rescue Mission opened its new dorm for men today, which includes 40 beds.

The area used to be dorms, but the Mission closed it when the new 88-bed Center for Hope facility opened earlier this year.

The mission did not plan to turn the space back into dorms; but when the Center for Hope quickly filled up, it was clear more beds were needed.

"Last night we had 21 people sleeping on the concrete floor," said Rev Ernie Mills, with the Durham Rescue Mission. "Now, tonight, those same 21 will be sleeping on these 40 beds. So, the beds are already half full."

Ronald McNeil said he was pleased to have a warm place to sleep Tuesday night, but tonight he's excited to be "sleeping on a bed of pillows."

Employees from the RDU Airport Authority raised more than $2,000 through a bike ride last month. They donated the money to Mission, which used it to buy beds for the new dorm.

Men from the Mission started work on the space earlier this fall.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:04:36 GMT
    UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
  • Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Indian teen has 232 'teeth' removed from jaw

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:23:39 GMT
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
    After complaining of pain in his jaw, an Indian teen and his family discovered that he had a severe dental condition - and surgeons pulled 232 "teeth" from his jaw. 
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.