‘I have a peace of mind’: Nonprofit helps Roanoke man move from sidewalk to apartment

The Least of These Ministry sees an increase in people facing homelessness, works to find them permanent housing

ROANOKE, Va. – As many think about what home for the holidays means to them this year, one local nonprofit is working to help those living on the streets.

Since the pandemic began, The Least of These Ministry has seen an increase in those facing homelessness.

Derrick Alford rides a bike to Botetourt from Roanoke to work, 9 miles each way.

He used to walk, but thanks to The Least of These Ministry he now has a bike to get there.

“I sleep on the sidewalk, set my phone for the alarm to come on to have enough ample time to make my destination, so I walk all the way from Roanoke, Virginia to another county, Botetourt,” Alford said.

It’s not uncommon to see The Least of These bus parked on the downtown market with its back doors wide open, helping the homeless.

“I think we are out in the community making a difference. It isn’t just about having statistics or numbers, it’s about relationships and the people we come in contact with,” said Dawn Sandoval, founder.

Dawn and her husband started the nonprofit to meet those who are homeless where they are, parking the bus in easy to find places.


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