In 1881, Steve Holcombe founded this ministry to serve people who, like him, were in desperate need of God’s forgiveness and redemption. Holcombe was a gambler and a double murderer, but God changed his life. We rejoice in this work of grace because it set the stage for 137 years of ministry to homeless and hurting people in our community.
It is with this rich history in mind that Louisville Rescue Mission is excited to share with you – our closest friends – a new season in the life of the ministry: Just a few weeks ago, we publicly announced that we changed our name to Re:Center Ministries.
But as you’ll see from this short video, our calling hasn’t changed.
As we embark on this new season of ministry, we want to assure you that Re:Center is as strong, focused, and committed as ever. Let us take you “behind the scenes” of this historic announcement.
Didn’t you just change your name a few years ago?
The ministry renamed to Louisville Rescue Mission in 2014. Prior to that, it was known as Jefferson Street Baptist Center (1964-2014), Central Baptist Chapel (1957-1964), Central Baptist Mission (1944-1957), Union Gospel Mission (1886-1944), and The Holcombe Mission (1881-1886).
Many of you witnessed firsthand these name changes, as you’ve been part of the ministry for many years. In fact, it’s your support that has enabled us to continue growing – beyond Jefferson Street and now beyond Louisville!
Why are you changing your name again?
Our prayer to serve the Southern Indiana community was answered in 2016 with the purchase of a facility in Jeffersonville. As we prepared to open this Southern Indiana campus (which publicly launched just a few weeks ago) it became clear that we needed to consider how we represent ourselves to communities on both sides of the river.
After nearly a year of prayer, consultation, and planning, our board of directors determined that operating as one organization rather than two was both necessary and wise.
Specifically, this change enables us to:
Present a cohesive, holistic vision of ministry that includes prevention programs at the Southern Indiana campus as well as relief and recovery programs at the Louisville campus.
Establish a brand identity that logically reflects our operating structure: a shared mission and philosophy of ministry, shared board leadership, shared staff leadership, shared resources, etc.
Prevent confusion for Southern Indiana donors who mail gifts to the development department, which is located at the Louisville campus.
Better steward our time, financial, and human resources, especially in the production of fundraising and marketing materials.
Easily incorporate future growth, such as a residential LifeChange Program for women and families, or even new campuses in other cities and states.
How did you choose the new name?
The new name, Re:Center Ministries, calls attention to the soul change needed at the center of every person – a regeneration through Christ that is a prerequisite for any true, lasting life change This change always occurs in response to God’s initiative in lovingly pursuing His children.
Both the name and the new logo wonderfully express our new mission statement, rooted in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21:
Re:Center Ministries reconciles homeless and hurting people to God, family, and community by the power of Christ in partnership with the local church.
How can I support you during this season of growth?
First and foremost, please keep us in your prayers. Pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in the lives of those served by the ministry, for the Father to provide spiritual protection over our board, staff, and volunteers, and for Jesus to be glorified in the lives of all those associated with the ministry.
There are a number of other ways to support Re:Center, like donating time, goods, and money. Click the button below for some opportunities to jump (back) in this holiday season.
And while you’re on our new website, take a look around! We think you’ll agree the Lord is moving mightily here.
Have questions or concerns? Want to hear more about what Re:Center is up to these days? Please reach out to Director of Community Relations Hillary Bullock by email or by calling 502.584.6543, Ext. 106.
It is a joy to partner with you for the sake of the Kingdom! We pray that by God’s grace and your generosity, we will continue to impact homeless and hurting people in Louisville and Southern Indiana for many years to come.
David Lewis, Jr.
President of the Board of Directors