Rescue Mission program helping get men on their feet faster - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Rescue Mission program helping get men on their feet faster

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - The Roanoke Rescue Mission is seeing a drop in the amount of time men are staying at the shelter. Last month, there were 1,758 single night stays in the Men's Shelter. That's more than a 30% drop from May of 2013.

Mission leaders says the decrease is happening because men are getting on their feet faster thanks to the Tabitha Program.  The program is made up mostly of men and focuses on putting the homeless in work scenarios. Mission leaders say it teaches them job skills and instills confidence that they can hold a full time position in the real world.

The mission has been working to perfect the program for about two years.

Kim Gembala, Director of Administration, says the mission is now seeing results. She says more men are finding jobs, keeping them, and remaining in permanent housing.

That's allowing the shelter to spend more time with everyone who walks through the door, which should help get more people off the streets faster.

The shelter is not seeing the same trend with women. Gembala says the mission hopes to get more women involved in the program to achieve similar results.



 

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