Sunday, January 5, 2014
How To Help the Cold and Homeless in Roanoke
The base of operations is the Roanoke Homeless Assistance Team, which you can reach by calling 2-1-1. It will direct you to a number of alternatives. Here are some of those alternatives (with an asterisk by my favorites):
* RAM House on Campbell Ave. downtown, 343-3753. This is a shelter and a center where the poor go looking for day work. I've hired people from there on a number of occasions and always found good workers.
* Samaratin Inn on Salem Ave. downtown is a day shelter that feeds the homeless and will take your clothing, blankets, socks, shoes, etc. and distribute them where needed. 343-1447.
* Still Standing Ministries us a day shelter for women with a clothes closet. It's at 1729 Patterson Ave. in downtown Roanoke and the phone number is 339-9574.
* Trust House is an overnight shelter and has services for the homeless, the mentally ill and the poor. 344-8060.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission Ministries is likely overwhelmed at this point, but it has the most comprehensive food/shelter/clothing services for the homeless, poor and abused in the region. 343-7227.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke in Salem offers services for the homeless. 444-7374.
Salvation Army in Roanoke offers services for homeless men. 853-1163.
You can also find out some information from Roanoke City Government Services, 853-1163. Remember that Roanoke City has a far larger poor and homeless population than any other place in this region.
Gather up your stuff and go help. It'll be colder than a welldigger's ass tonight in Roanoke and these poor people need you. Be there for them. You can make a difference in somebody's life today.