Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rutherford Romp 5K Race and Fun Run

Attention all runners: 

Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is extending a personal invitation to join us on September 17, 2016 for the Rutherford Romp 5K Race and Fun Run. The race will start at 9:00 AM and has been relocated to historic Oaklands Mansion just off Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro. Every runner must select a charity to support with their entrance fee. Your support for MRM can move us one step closer towards our primary goal of providing shelter for the homeless in our community. You can register at:

If you would like to support the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission but simply would not like to run, go to: . This will allow you the opportunity to make a tax deductible donation from your computer. No running necessary! We greatly value your support and look forward to seeing you at future events as well.

Thanks in advance,
Ed Grimes
Executive Director

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Murfreesboro Rescue Mission Enters its First Capital Campaign to Raise Much Needed Funds

Dear MRM Partner;

Your help with Hot Patrols during the 90 degree plus days helped many of our homeless experience relief from the summer heat. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission, along with the homeless of our community, would like to express our heartfelt thanks. Without you, we could not have helped as many people as we did. Thanks to you, we passed out over 600 bottles of water to many needy men and women on our city streets. As the leaves on our trees are changing, so are the temperatures and the Mission's focus for providing for the homeless. With each passing day, I can see our temperatures getting lower and lower. Weather forecasters are calling for a repeat of last year’s conditions, which were wet and unseasonably cold. Last winter, we saw four straight months of cold weather and many days where temperatures plunged to 30 degrees and below. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission partnered with The Journey Home and First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro to provide emergency shelter through a program called Coldest Nights. This program provided over 700 nights of warm and safe lodging during the coldest nights of the year. Your donations will help make sure this shelter is available as we approach the winter months.

While Coldest Nights' shelter remains a valuable lifesaving tool, keeping the homeless safe during the winter months, it is only a temporary solution and a band aid on the real issue our community faces. The true issue is lack of available bed space for the homeless. The long term solution is a comprehensive shelter that provides meaningful programs leading homeless men and women towards re-establishing independence in our community. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is determined to establish such a shelter and now enters its first Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds to make this solution a reality. “It’s Time” is the theme of our campaign. It’s time for our community to provide a resource for those experiencing homelessness. We are now accepting donations for the construction of a shelter. The promise of building a shelter is not a huge financial burden but, instead, a huge financial opportunity. Please continue to give generously and join us in prayer as we continue to move forward.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Calling All Runners: 2015 Rutherford Romp October 3rd

Calling All Runners: 2015 Rutherford Romp October 3rd

Calling all runners:
Mark your calendar for October 3, 2015. It’s the annual Rutherford Romp 5K Race.

The race is set to start at 8:30 AM. This year’s race will include both a 5K and 1 mile fun run. Proceeds will benefit the cause you choose. For more information you can go to:

When you register, we ask that you please select Murfreesboro Rescue Mission as your charity of choice.

Thanks in advance,
Ed Grimes 
 Executive Director Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Please Join Our 2015 Cold Water Campaign!

Please join our 2015 Cold Water Campaign!

The 2015 weather prediction for Middle Tennessee is calling for this summer to be hotter than normal. Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is gearing up for its second year of cold water distribution. Last year, the MRM gave out hundreds of bottles of water to those in need. This year, we believe we will see an increase in need due to more days with temperatures of 90 degrees and above.

Sheltering the homeless is still our main objective, and we are very active in seeking a place to get started. However, the most urgent need is getting out cold water for heat relief. Whenever temperatures soar to 90 degrees and above, the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission takes to the streets to provide relief in the form of cold water. For most, walking is the only transportation they can afford. This puts many at risk of dehydration, heat stroke and other heat related issues. What you and I take for granted, the homeless cannot always easily acquire. Water can be many things to those who do not have ready access to it. To most, it is relief from the unbearable heat and possibly the only thing they will get to cool them off. To some, it is bath water, and to others it is for cooking. Whatever the use, it is needed, and they are very grateful.

Please consider a small donation to help us provide water for those who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

Ed Grimes Executive Director

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Resolution Run 2015, Jan. 3, 8am Benefiting MRM

Benefiting Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Resolution Run 2015, Jan. 3, 8am Benefiting MRM
Dear MRM Supporters,

Murfreesboro Rescue Mission will start 2015 off with a great fundraiser called Resolution Run. This 5K race is hosted by my home church, Franklin Road Baptist off Hwy 96. This year, they have chosen MRM as the beneficiary of the race proceeds. The race is set for the first Saturday in January. That's 1/3/2015 at 8 AM. I am dusting off my shoes and coming out of retirement. Come and run with me. It will be a lot of fun and an opportunity to support a great cause.

Ed Grimes/ MRM


Friday, December 5, 2014

Live In Concert With Phil Keaggy Benefiting Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Live in concert with Phil Keaggy Benefiting Murfreesboro Rescue Mission.
Dec. 12, 7pm 
View location details on flyer.
Phil Keaggy Benefiting Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Special Barbara Porter Tribute

Mrs. Barbara Porter Tribute
  In all the years I’ve known Mrs. Barbara Porter, I cannot recall a time of talking with her that she did not try to encourage me in some way. I will always treasure our conversations. Mrs. Porter had a special place in her heart for rescue mission work. Sharon Stanczak, her daughter, wrote her bio and from her writing I came to know why she cared so deeply. It is my privilege to honor her memory.

Ed Grimes
Executive Director/ MRM

  Barbara Porter was born in 1932 to Reverend Donald and Elva Wert of Youngstown, Ohio. Barbara's father, Reverend Wert, was a dynamic preacher of the gospel and the Superintendent at the City Rescue Mission in New Castle, PA for many years. During Barbara's childhood, she and her brother, Ronald, accompanied their parents nightly to the rescue mission to eat dinner with the men and conduct the services that followed. Barbara's mother played the piano, her parents sang together, and her father preached to the men each night. Barbara and her brother essentially "grew up" in the rescue mission! Her love for souls and especially for those who are "down and out" never left her. She passed this love on to her own family and has always taken a special interest in those who work in rescue missions. It was no surprise that Barbara and her husband, Donald, took a strong interest in the Nashville Rescue Mission when they first moved to the middle Tennessee area in 1996. They were thrilled when they learned that Murfreesboro Rescue Mission was being started here in our city to help the homeless. Barbara went Home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2014. The family has set up a fund in her memory to help with the establishment of Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Sharon Stanczak