Salvation Army starting new program to address teen homelessness in Roanoke

The New Day Center will open October 1

By Irisha Jones - Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - The Salvation Army of Roanoke is bringing something unique and specific to the area. They are introducing a new program aimed at addressing youth homelessness in the Star City.
   
The organization introduced its New Day Center during the city council meeting Monday afternoon.

The future center will be in southeast Roanoke, in a building already owned by the Salvation Army on the corner of Eighth and Stewart Avenue

After a few renovations, the New Day Center will become a street outreach, 24-hour hotline and drop-in center targeting youth aging out of foster care and those at risk of homelessness, according to Captain Monica Seiler.

There will also be case management services for those who need it. The Salvation Army says there is a gap in services for those ages 14 to 24, who may be caught up in sex trafficking and part of the growing problem of homelessness.    

"Research indicates... people as young as 14 are really in need of some supportive services so they can have some stability when they get out of foster care or when they get to their teenage years and get kicked out of the house or need to leave for whatever reasons. So we recognize that and will be providing services to teenagers as well. But the tdarget of the New Day... will be those were 18 to 24, those young adults who don't have any good support system in place as they're entering into adulthood," Seiler said.

The New Day Center will have a game center, a music room and a dance studio.
    
Those younger than 18 will be referred to the center by other service providers, as well as the police department and the juvenile justice system.

The center will be opening October 1.

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