A Message from Our Executive Director

Dear friends of the mission,

During this time of uncertainty, the Smithfield Rescue Mission is committed to continue serving our neighbors in need who are experiencing homelessness. We also desire to provide the community with up-to-date information regarding how our operations and procedures are adjusting to ensure the safety of our clients, guests, and staff.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, and to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we are actively cooperating with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization, and Johnston County Health Department on best practices for our facilities. With their guidance, we have developed emergency response plans and other protective measures. 

As COVID-19 impacts our community, our first priority is to continue providing more than 20 precious image bearers of God with safe shelter nightly, and 60-plus meals each day. In order to do this, we must take every precaution in meeting their critical needs. We are their safety net, and we take this seriously. In order to do this, and out of concern for visitors to the mission, we have suspended all volunteer and tour activities for the foreseeable future. And to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, and to protect all who are with us, we have increased the scope of our cleanliness.

We need your prayers and continued support. We know God is sovereign over everything, and that His plan will always come to fruition. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Just because we have to socially distance ourselves, doesn’t mean we are distanced spiritually. We can be miles apart and still be connected. God’s love transcends location. 

Let’s not spread coronavirus. Let’s spread God’s love. 


Ben Olsen

Executive Director