Reverend Billy Graham's connection to a local outreach program

On the wall of a local outreach center is a framed letter. It’s from the Reverend Billy Graham.

As Graham got older, workers at the center told Fox 46 Charlotte, personalized signatures were hard to come by. His passing on Wednesday morning makes this letter that more special to the people who work at the facility.

“I remember speaking with his sister, Jean Graham Ford. She said, this may be the last thing my brother has ever signed,” said Tony Marciano, President/CEO Charlotte Rescue Mission.

Graham had a special connection to the center on West Boulevard in West Charlotte. 

Back in 1938, Graham’s father was one of several members who founded the organization. From providing food, shelter and substance abuse help, the center hopes to deliver people from their hardships and addictions.

Graham was a huge supporter of the center’s work.

The organization has two programs: Rebound, which is for men and Dove’s Nest, which is for women.
The personalized letter hangs inside of the women’s center. When the new facility was opened in September of 2012, Graham wrote the letter to show support for the continued efforts of the organization. It was his sister, Jean, who delivered the letter and read it at the opening ceremony of the new facility.

Charlotte Rescue Mission doesn't’t charge those in need for services. 

“Here, we get to share the hope of Christ. Just like Billy Graham did for so many years,” Marciano said.