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

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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.

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