Leon Levine Foundation Awards Major Matching Grant to Charlotte Rescue Mission


Charlotte Rescue Mission was awarded a $75,000 matching grant from The Leon Levine Foundation at their annual Evening of Hope held October 24 at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Each year, Charlotte Rescue Mission hosts 300 guests at Evening of Hope to introduce new community members to the transformative work done at Rebound and Dove’s Nest. Throughout the event, guests heard compelling testimonies from individuals and families who have been helped by Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Board Member, Kim Overman, concluded the program with a personal appeal for donations, while announcing The Leon Levine Foundation matching opportunity. The Foundation committed to match, dollar-for-dollar every new and increased gift at the event up to $75,000. The appeal was successful, raising over $500,000 for The Mission, surpassing the previous years’ totals. All money raised will fund key programs at Charlotte Rescue Mission including professional counseling, job readiness classes, and medical services.

“At Charlotte Rescue Mission we offer our residents full transformation – a person struggling with addiction, poverty, and homelessness can become a contributing member of our community, gainfully employed with a place to call home,” said CRM President and CEO, Reverend Tony Marciano.  “All of the money raised through Evening and Hope and The Leon Levine Foundation’s generous match will offer services that heal from the inside out.”

The Charlotte Rescue Mission aligns well with The Leon Levine Foundation’s interest in helping  individuals and families attain self-sufficiency. The Mission will serve over 600 men, women, and children this year as they seek to rebuild lives shattered by addiction and poverty.

About The Leon Levine Foundation

The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable and life-changing impact. The organization invests in nonprofits with a successful track record and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values and/or human services.

Started by Leon Levine, the creator of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C., in 1980, the foundation has grown into one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations. For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org

About Charlotte Rescue Mission

Founded in 1938, Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Rebound, a men’s residential recovery program, works to empower individuals to move beyond cycles of homelessness and addiction to become productive citizens in the community. In 1992, Charlotte Rescue Mission opened Dove’s Nest to offer those same services to women and families. Both facilities provide free, high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford such services. In addition, our graduates have access to after-care and continuing education programs.

For more information, visit www.charlotterescuemission.org or call 704-333-HOPE.



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