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A Brief History

In  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

  • 2014 - New retail store constructed on Veteran’s Parkway

  • 2017 - New retail store location on Macon Road

  • 2018 - Women and Children’s Center constructed


Vision Statement

To guide those we serve to become productive citizens in their home, church, and community by building their lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to serve these men, women, and children by providing for their physical needs, promoting personal development and presenting them with the opportunity for life change through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.


Statement of Faith


I believe in one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I believe in the Virgin birth and absolute Deity of Jesus Christ.

I believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and that His shed blood is the only means for the remission of sins.

I affirm the Divine inspirations, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms (including what it teaches concerning history , the Cosmos, and moral absolutes) and is the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

I believe that man was created in God’s image; man sinned as recorded in Genesis, causing physical and spiritual death.

I believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the tomb, and that His personal bodily return to earth will be in power and glory.

I believe that sin had its origin in Adam and as a result, the entire human race is born with a sinful nature and is spiritually dead.

I believe that when a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, the Holy Spirit regenerates that person and they are born again into the family of God, and through this new birth, they receive the gift of eternal life.

I believe that those who believe on the Lord Jesus are saved and the process of sanctification (being set apart unto a holy life) begins by the work and power of the Holy Spirit in that life.

I believe in a future Heaven for the saved and that it is not obtained as a result of good works, but by grace. 


I believe in the maintaining of good works and holy living as a result of salvation.

Founded in 1963, Valley Rescue Mission is housed in a refurbished Church on Second Avenue in Columbus, Georgia.

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