New group helps people with mental illness while cutting down on - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

New group helps people with mental illness while cutting down on homeless population in Roanoke

Posted: Updated:
ROANOKE, VA -

A new group in Roanoke hopes to help tackle the homeless issue in the Roanoke Valley.

There's two friendly faces you'll want to meet if you're struggling with mental illness.

They are Courtni Sandras and Celia McCauley-Wittl. The pair teamed up to start 'Roanoke Resource,' a facility serving people 21 and up with chronic mental illness.

"It's a real hardship when people aren't supported the way they need to be and they really don't get to meet their full potential," Roanoke Resource Operations Coordinator, Celia McCauley-Wittl says. It's really just multi-faceted by having this one service how much that can do for the community."

"We assist them with independence living skills, medication management, just anything they need assistance with, we are jack of all trades," Roanoke Resource Clinical Coordinator, Courtni Sandras says.

The group also hopes to lower the number of homeless people in the Roanoke community. That's why they strategically chose the location on Day Avenue, near downtown Roanoke and the bus stop.

"One of our main goals is to help people find stable housing and then help them maintain it by paying their bills, following the rules," Sandras says. "We are really hoping we can help the homeless population as well."

The services Roanoke Resources provides are reimbursed by Medicaid, but the group says even if you're not on Medicaid they can point you in the right direction to get some help.

"There's resources that can help them and help them make positive changes, help them build skills, to stay independent, and feel empowered and have some hope and do something good with their lives," McCauley-Wittl says.

Doing good is what Roanoke Resource is all about, helping making a difference in the lives of many in our community.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:53:45 GMT
    Fugitive Fridays tracks down Central Virginia's most wanted. Take a look at the photos and see if you can help police track down these suspects.
    Fugitive Friday helps track down Central Virginia's Most Wanted.
  • Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

    Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:21:59 GMT
    Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
    Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
  • Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office investigates burglary at country club

    Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office investigates burglary at country club

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:16:02 GMT
    Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary of the Boonsboro Country Club.
    Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary of the Boonsboro Country Club.
  • 2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

    A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.
    Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two...
  • Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Roanoke City Police investigates armed robbery

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:43:33 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
    Roanoke City Police are investigating an armed robbery at Check Into Cash, which is located at Valley View Boulevard.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.