Trust House and Bethany Hall merge to better serve those in crisis

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Two longtime Roanoke non-profits announced a merger Wednesday to better help the homeless.

Bethany Hall, a shelter for women and children, is at capacity. It's the same story at the Trust House. Fifteen of the men staying there are United States veterans. Without the services these two organizations provide, those staying there could end up on the streets.

Both organizations provide mental health and addiction rehabilitation services, addressing the problem at the root of the issue.

The United Way has helped fund Bethany Hall and the Trust House for years. United Way President Afira Devries said, by merging, the two organizations will become more stable, efficient and will have the ability to reach more people.

"It gives us a bang for the buck. It gives us the ability to recognize that when we are investing in two different operations that are doing similar work, where really not affecting the same population," Devries said. "When we combine those resources we are able to do more with that investment and we are able to ultimately reach more people."

The new program, ARCH, will still keep the two facilities working in their respective locations; however, they will operate under one mission and one operating budget totatling $1.1 million.

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