In the early 1950’s, many men came to the East Texas area in search of work on the railroads or oilfields.
Those who couldn’t get or keep work often became homeless, sleeping and eating wherever they could. Several local pastors saw the problem and understood that people who are consumed with meeting the most basic human needs often cannot help themselves out of their situation, let alone open themselves to the healing power of God’s Word. Thanks to the efforts of these clergymen, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission was established in 1955 for the purpose of providing food, shelter, and gospel services to homeless men in the East Texas area.
In the 1990’s, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission began to see an alarming increase in the number of homeless single women and women with children. The Mission offered food and clothing, but there was not a place to shelter these women and children. The Board of Directors of Hiway 80 Rescue Mission began to pray and search for property suitable for a women and children’s home. As a result, the Women & Family Shelter (formerly known as Hope Haven) was established in 1998 to accommodate the increasing population of homeless women and single mothers with children.
In 2002, the ministry began to see the need for programs that would confront individual issues. Today we have our New Creation Discipleship/Recovery program that provides long term solutions to long term concerns.
In 2012 Hiway 80 Rescue Mission began a Community/Youth outreach ministry to meet the growing needs of the almost-homeless in our community. Through several annual community outreach events, counseling and follow-up programs, we are helping to rescue individuals and families before they become homeless.