Rescue Mission opens day resource centers

ROANOKE, Va. - The Roanoke Rescue Mission has opened day resource centers inside its shelters.

Its shelters house about 250 people a night, its kitchen serves 650 meals a day, and with the help of case managers, the Roanoke Rescue Mission is helping people find countless opportunities.

"I came here to start over," said Jennifer Edington, who came to the Rescue Mission's family shelter with her two teenage sons in April.

Edington said she was out of work, and once she arrived, a case manager began helping her make a fresh start.

"They push you to do better for yourself," Edington said. "That's what I like the most."

Guests like Edington can now use the new day resource centers. They're places for people to work on resumes, search for jobs and permanent housing and do everyday tasks like laundry.

"It's all about getting people into housing and into employment just as quickly as possible," said Lee Clark, Roanoke Rescue Mission CEO.

The average stay of a guest at the Rescue Mission is about a month, Clark said. That's why he believes it's important to give them direct access to their case managers.

"You're talking about what the challenges are, what your goals are, what you'd like to accomplish," Clark said.

As for Edington, she said she is already accomplishing her goals. She has found a job and plans to move out of the Rescue Mission within the next month.

"I wouldn't choose any other place but here 'cause they have helped out a lot for me," she said.

The Rescue Mission is working to increase its case management services, Clark said. Right now, the organization is exploring ways to help more guests learn job skills during their stay, he added.

The Rescue Mission's shelters run with the help of volunteers. About 20 of those volunteers work in the kitchen alone, Clark said. If you are interested in volunteering with the Rescue Mission, call 540-343-7227 or click here.


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