History

Becoming a Reality

Brief History of Coastal Rescue Mission, Inc. (CRM)

Began in 1994 by Founder and CEO, Gwen Woody and soon offered temporary Winter housing at places like the Christian Retreat in N. Myrtle Beach. Throughout 1996 - 2000 we rented, and were able to house 15 families through the cooler months of October thru March.

1998 The organization acquired its IRS 501(c)3 status and officially became Coastal Rescue Mission, Inc.

1999 Trucked in 3 - 6 tons of food, monthly from the Greenville and Charleston Food Banks. We were able to make these purchases through the donations of an expanding list of concerned givers. Coastal Rescue Mission met the needs of scores of Grand Strand homeless, and networked with other agencies providing services. Additionally, this work resulted in the establishment of a food pantry and attraction of more volunteers. We continued offering temporary Winter housing at places like the Christian Retreat in N. Myrtle Beach. Throughout 1996 - 2000 we rented, and were able to house 15 families through the months of September thru April.

2000 CRM rented a Hwy 9 facility distributing food and sheltering 4 homeless families.

2002 CRM rented a much-needed warehouse, accommodating food distribution, and a house to shelter homeless women and their children in the area.

2005 CRM received a grant to purchase a small rural church on a 3 acre Loris site where it currently serves the Women and Children’s shelter program. It will be the site of the new Beautiful Gate Lodge.

2006 Leased a Loris warehouse for managing Thrift donations and Food distribution that served 1,500 people monthly.  Women’s shelter accommodates 9 people per night.

2007 Received a grant allowing us to purchase the downtown Loris Presbyterian complex and open our Men’s Shelter and Community Care Center.

2008 Moved from the warehouse to a more centrally located Loris location and established The Loving Kindness Thrift Store. This allowed us to simultaneously enlarge both our food and donated clothing programs, serving more people. Leased Community Care Center’s Sanctuary to ministers offering regular nightly and Sunday services to our sheltered men.

2010 Moved our Loaves & Fishes program and the food distribution warehouse to the new location at 568 George Bishop  Parkway in Myrtle Beach, allowing us a more central location to better serve our community.

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