Valley Rescue Mission and shotgun housesIn 1963, a group of Christian businessmen in the Chattahoochee Valley saw a need in the community to help the numerous homeless and addicted men on the streets. These men put together a plan to start a rescue mission. With a vision, faith, and help from the community, an old church and three shotgun houses were purchased on Second Avenue in Columbus, Georgia. On September 6, 1963 Valley Rescue Mission, Inc. became a fulfilled vision and the first and only rescue mission in the Chattahoochee Valley.

  • 1963 – Meals & shelter available for men, women & children
  • 1969 – Addiction recovery program for men (Crossroads) founded
  • 1971 – First men’s building constructed
  • 1974 – Camp JOY founded
  • 1977 – Administrative building constructed
  • 1984 – Bargain Centers begin operating, adding a revenue stream for the Mission
  • 1988 – Dining Room and kitchen constructed
  • 1996 – River Ministry began
  • 1997 – Damascus Way Home for Women and Children constructed
  • 1999 – Howard Mott Center constructed