In the early 1980's Rev. Ernie Mills, Founder of Durham Rescue Mission, saw a need for a residential substance abuse program for men in the Burlington/ Alamance County area. In December 1982, Alamance Rescue Mission was established under the Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc. It began in a two-story home at 129 W. Holt Street, Burlington, North Carolina. Tim Shoemaker, superintendent of Alamance Rescue Mission, kept a watchful eye over the ministry.
In May of 1987, Rev. Robert Jones was made Executive Director of Alamance Rescue Mission, and his wife, Pat Jones, became his Administrative Assistant. A year later in 1988, they established Piedmont Rescue Mission, Inc. and filed for an independent non-profit status. After the customary three year probationary period, final approval was issued on December 31, 1992.
With so much non-cash donations being given, more than what could be used by the ministry, Brother Jones was encouraged to open a thrift store. In 1998, the Good Samaritan Super Thrift, located at 1636 N. Church Street, Burlington, North Carolina, opened its doors as a self-supporting entity that would provide a drug-free vocational training ministry for Alamance Rescue Mission residents, as well as being a neat and clean thrift store offering donated items to the public at very reasonable prices.
In 1999, Piedmont Rescue Mission, Inc. was asked to take the Precious Child Ministries under its wing. At that time, the name was changed to Alamance Pregnancy Services, which provided a ministry for women and teens in crisis pregnancies.
With the great demand of residence for men on substance abuse and the house on Holt Street being filled to capacity, Brother Jones was burdened to increase the housing of Alamance Rescue Mission. When the old Glenhope Elementary School became available for purchase, he made a bid on it and with God's provisions, the old school would soon be the new location for the Alamance Rescue Mission, Alamance Pregnancy Services, and the Administrative Offices of the Piedmont Rescue Mission, Inc. In July 2004, after much needed renovations, the first of the residents moved into the new location at 1519 North Mebane Street, Burlington, North Carolina.
This move provided over three times the capacity for additional residents, from the current 10 to over 35 men. This new building also provided enough space for the creation of a library and an educational lab. The lab was opened in July 2006, with GED classes offered through the services of Alamance Community College.
In 2007, Rev. Robert Jones and his wife Pat, stepped down from their positions after 20 years of faithfully serving the Lord at Piedmont Rescue Mission.
In 2008, Brother Tony Honeycutt was asked to accept the position of Executive Director of Piedmont Rescue Mission and bring under the Piedmont Rescue Mission umbrella the Grace Haven Ministries, a home for troubled teens, of which he was currently director.
The culmination of hard work by staff members and volunteers, with their dedication to serving others with God's help and guidance, has enabled Piedmont Rescue Mission, Inc. to continue to provide help to those in need through the supporting ministries of Alamance Rescue Mission, Alamance Pregnancy Services, Good Samaritan Super Thrift, and Grace Haven Ministries.