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Resource fair teaches safety options in Roanoke

Lowe's, Habitat For Humanity team up for Saturday event

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ROANOKE, Va. – Multiple groups came together Saturday in Roanoke to help people better understand how to stay safe. The goal is for people in our community to know what’s available to them to protect their home and family.

It was a safety resource fair that helped many people in the Roanoke Valley. Lowe's and Roanoke's Habitat for Humanity partnered for this event, with help from police and a community group called the Peacemakers.

“We have a collective concern, and we care. We care about revitalizing our neighborhoods, our community, and providing the resources that are critical in that effort," said Karen Mason, the executive director of Habitat For Humanity.

Lowe’s used a $70,000 grant to make it happen. Volunteers came from all of the organizations. The fair fits into city leaders’ larger goal of paying attention to the Melrose area, according to Mayor Sherman Lea, who spoke at a podium before the event.

Roanoke City police Officer Josh Johnson says he’s recently been meeting with law enforcement departments around Virginia to talk about safety.

"The things we take for granted in Roanoke would blow them away. The programs, the resources available here, it’s great. We’re on the cutting edge of bringing resources to people. I’m excited to be a part of that," he said.