Rescue mission

Rescue Mission of Roanoke launches update to its emergency shelter program

ROANOKE, Va. – The Roanoke Rescue Mission has made some changes to its emergency shelter program to better serve its guests.

The update is titled “The Three Es,” referring to the three phases of the program: Entry, Establishment and Empowerment.

It expands services for those who want to spend more time focusing on healing and recovery, and future planning for guests. The first two phases began on Monday, starting with making visiting the mission more accessible.

“The entrance is that entry point for anyone entering the shelter. Really no barriers, no real demands,” said Roanoke Rescue Mission CEO Lee Clark. “You can come for shelter. Enter a safe place, be able to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here. Have access to medical care here thanks to the free Fralin clinic.

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The second phase, “Establish”, is for clients looking for more in-depth services. These services include case management, classes and coaching as well as chapel and spiritual direction.

The third phase, “Empower”, is for guests who are ready to live outside of the mission. It includes high-level follow-up and services for those who need long-term coaching. This phase is coming soon.

The rescue mission is always looking for more volunteers.

There are several ways to get involved if you’re interested, including food services, savings donations, and the Fralin Free Clinic.

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