Mission Statement

Committed to serving alongside local churches and community,
to restore hope to those experiencing homelessness and poverty by meeting basic immediate
needs such as food, shelter and clothing; and long term spiritual needs through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission Inc. is a faith-based Gospel Mission that serves the neediest in the City of Duluth MN. Along with outreach to the poor and downtrodden we have a huge focus on domestic abuse, addiction, and recovery. We believe the homeless shelter to be a recruiting ground for those seeking life change.

Our Values

  • We believe in one God, existing as three persons-The Father, Son & Holy Spirit.
    1 John 5:7, Genesis 1:26-27, Hebrews 1:8, Psalm 110:1
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin and is God in human flesh.
    Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:31-35, John 1:1, 14
  • We believe the Holy Scriptures are inspired by God and through the power of His Holy Spirit, the Scriptures are inerrant. We believe they are the final authority in faith and life.
    2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21
  • We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
    Titus 2:15-17, Matthew 24:27, 44, Hebrews 9:28, Revelation 22:12
  • We believe in the power of God’s Holy Spirit to transform lives.
    Romans 8:13-14, Romans 12:1-2, John 6:13-15

Our Vision

The vision for Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission is multi purpose. We are a Gospel Rescue Mission. The difference is, a rescue mission focuses on long term care that has a positive effect on the relapse rate.

We pray to purchase or build a multi-unit facility serving the homeless and addicted with overnight accommodations 365 days a year. The vision is clear that the facility should exist on the West side in the city due to the fact that there are no other overnight accommodations for the homeless in that area. Duluth is a city with a population of 80,000 plus that has effective shelters and soup kitchens, yet mostly located in the downtown area.

​As friends arrive at Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission they will be managed case by case with their needs evaluated by a staff member to ensure that they will receive the proper care they need in that moment. Each individual will be given information on the Hot Meal Program, overnight accommodations and rules pertaining to staying with us. If a soul decides to stay for the night they will be provided with a shower, night clothes, a bed and a hygiene kit. Our staff member will also discuss the numerous programs offered through Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission that are designed to give direction and hope.

We believe in the healing power of Jesus Christ and that His promises from the Holy Scriptures are meant for all. Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission (DHRM) is staffed with individuals whose lives have been changed through the power of God's own Holy Spirit. We want to share all God can do!

Story of the Founding of Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission and message

by Founder and CEO, Veronica Ciurleo

Years ago, I moved back to Duluth due to an unexpected divorce. After living in a country setting for 20 years, I found myself struggling on how to fit into ‘city’ life. I often told people, “I feel like I’m living in a camp ground.” Frankly, I didn’t’ know how to live; I didn’t want to live. I was broken and had no purpose, and homeless. I prayed, “God do something with me. Help me. Burden my heart for this area or I will not survive.” Later, remembering that years before I prayed, “God increase my territory.” I think this is where one could say, be careful what you pray for.

I soon began street ministry work pulling wagons around town filled with basic immediate needs, I became involved in jail ministry with women inmates at St. Louis County jail and volunteering at the Northland Campus of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. My eyes were opened to hurting, broken and addicted people all over our city. My eyes were also opened to adults that soon would be freed from incarceration or treatment with nowhere to go and no resources. With those circumstances on their mind, they lose hope before they get out and then fall back into the same thing that got them sent away in the first place and their cycle continues.

What I have seen and heard over the years of ministry work, along with a strong prompting from the Lord, stirred me to move. I've taken all of my life’s experiences (too many to mention) and rolled them up into one effective ministry for the addicted, weary, hopeless and homeless. This is how Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission (DHRM) was birthed. Today, with an outstanding Board of Directors and a great team of volunteers, Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission is committed to see souls that not only survive but thrive. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is life changing and has the power to break the chains of bondage in addiction, depression, anger, rejection, poverty, domestic abuse and the list goes on. We don’t want to just care for the needy; "a cot and a hot" as some say, we want to see lives transformed. Most of us involved with Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission have had life changing, born again experiences that have allowed huge victories in our own lives. We KNOW God is faithful to those who cry out to Him.

Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission is a Gospel RESCUE Mission. We have toured many throughout the United States and what they do is effective. A RESCUE Mission focuses on long-term care. They see the homeless shelter as a recruiting ground for those seeking life change.

Our short term vision was a small building to be used as a soup kitchen/outreach center. That vision was met when a women took me out to dinner, placed pictures of buildings for sale on the table and said, "What speaks to your heart Veronica? I want to buy it for you."

Wow! Now we have a small outreach center and office space to build our vision.

Our long term vision includes not only a homeless shelter meeting a person's need for a night, but two supportive housing units, one for men and one for women. The facilities will accommodate men and women coming from incarceration, the streets or treatment and seeking a new day!

Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission will offer faith-based life courses such as job training, computer skills, cooking classes, sewing classes, discipleship classes and money management. We will help with the college enrollment process for those who want to go back to school. Actually, the assistance we can offer is endless and not all set in stone as of this writing.

The program that is most dear to my heart is Millie's House. Millie's House will be a home for three to four women that have come from treatment or jail and desire a new foundation that will allow them to become reconciled with their young children who were removed from their care when they were making bad decisions. We are currently fundraising to purchase Millie's House and hope to see this program up and running soon.

Please keep Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission in your prayers.

All for Him and in Love,

Veronica J Ciurleo

Founder and CEO

Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission Inc.

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Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission Inc.
2910 West 3rd Street
Duluth, MN 55806


Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission is recognized by the MN Attorney General’s Office as a Charitable Organization with a 501(c)(3). Any and all business pertaining to the formation and continued operation of Duluth Harbor Rescue Mission Inc. is available upon request.