Rescue Mission of Roanoke launches update to its emergency shelter program

The Three E’s program focuses on three phases for guests: Entry, Establish and Empower

The changes are made to its emergency shelter program.

ROANOKE, Va. – The Rescue Mission of Roanoke has made some changes to its emergency shelter program to better serve its guests.

The update is called “The Three E’s,” referring to the three phases of the program: Entry, Establish and Empower.

It expands services for those who want to spend more time focusing on healing and recovering, and future planning for the guests. The first two phases kicked off Monday, starting with making a visit to the mission more accessible.

“Entry is that entry point for anyone coming into the shelter. Really no barriers, no real requirements,” CEO of the Roanoke Rescue Mission Lee Clark said. “You’re able to come in for shelter. Come into a safe place, be able to eat breakfast lunch and dinner here. Have access to medical care here through the Fralin free clinic.”

The second phase, “Establish,” is for guests looking for deeper services. Those services include case management, classes and coaching as well as chapel and spiritual direction.

The third phase, “Empower,” is for guests who are ready for life outside of the Mission. It includes aftercare and high-level services for those who need long-term coaching. This phase is coming soon.

The Rescue Mission is always looking for more volunteers.

There are multiple ways to get involved if you are interested, including food services, thrift donations and the Fralin Free Clinic.

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