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WDBJ Web Staff | February 12, 2012
Sunday was all about celebrating every volunteer that has helped the Rescue Mission in Roanoke find success over the past year. Folks at the Rescue Mission were joined by Miss Virginia 2011, Elizabeth Crot, to thank the more than 5,000 volunteers who help out at the Mission. Those volunteers are responsible for serving meals, cutting hair, making beds, leading prayers, providing medical services, and much more. The volunteers donated more than 111,000 hours last year.
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Holly Pietrzak and News 7 Reporter | November 2, 2011
The Rescue Mission in Roanoke is growing, but the trend is not a good reflection of the local economy. The need has never been greater there. And this past Thursday the board of directors decided to begin planning for an expansion that would include renovations and repurposing buildings. About 400 people slept at the Rescue Mission Tuesday night. CEO of the Rescue Mission, Joy Sylvester Johnson, believes the increasing number of homeless here is a result of several factors including the economy and the time of year.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | November 22, 2012
The Roanoke Rescue Mission started cooking four days in advance to prepare for Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner. The Rescue Mission plans to feed more than one-thousand people on Thanksgiving day. The head cook, Jeffery Gorham, says they will prepare a total of nine meals in just one day. On the menu for the feast is white and dark turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, string beans, corn and every dessert you can think...
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | December 25, 2012
The Roanoke Rescue Mission saw lines out the door for most of the day. Dozens of volunteers served over a thousand meals.  While people waited for their meals they heard Christmas songs. Once they sat down, they ate a Christmas feast with all the fixings, including turkey, cranberry sauce, corn, mashed potatoes and plenty of desserts. Anne Minter volunteers year round, but she says Christmas just feels different, "It's noisier, it's more rewarding.  A sense of service, you can't beat that.  It's not give me this, give me that, what'd I get?
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WDBJ Web Staff | December 22, 2011
Some parents and kids in Roanoke put aside their struggles to celebrate Christmas on Wednesday. Children at the Rescue Mission in Roanoke performed in a Christmas Pageant. The play includes the traditional nativity scene. 25 children staying at the Rescue Mission took part in the event. The organization says it's a great way for families to spend quality time together during the holidays. Kyle Edgell, a development assiatant at the Rescue Mission, says, "We do the Christmas pageant because it's a wonderful way for kids to be kids and it's a wonderful way for the parents to applaud.
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Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | November 21, 2011
Cooking turkey the day of Thanksgiving is pretty common, right? Not if you're at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. Workers say if cooks are preparing the day of Thanksgiving, they're running behind. With nearly twelve-hundred hungry mouths to feed, prepping begins three days before Thanksgiving. Gustaf Sylvester'Johnson, a worker at the Rescue Mission, explains. "Monday we'll cook about twelve to thirteen full turkeys, as well as another twenty turkey breast. We'll continue all the way up to Thanksgiving Day. " In the middle of all that, somehow the time is found to business as usual.
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Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | March 9, 2012
For the second time this year, medical students from Blacksburg held their second free health care clinic with the Roanoke Rescue Mission.                     Rodney Divers is a diabetic and he doesn't have insurance.           He works a full-time job and still can't afford his medicine.         Divers says the cost of his medication is well over two-thousand dollars. To cover the cost, Divers takes advantage of a free clinic offered at the G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic.
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Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | November 5, 2011
After countless hours of baking, about a dozen women came together Saturday morning to decorate gingerbread cookies. The cookies will be sold at the children's musical “Christmas Cookies” at the Taubman Museum of Art in December. One-hundred percent of the money raised will go towards the Roanoke City Rescue Mission. Organizer Pat Grisetti says the need at the Rescue Mission grows every day. "They need coats for the cold weather and this time of year is perfect because cold weather's hitting and these families need our help," said Grisetti.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | November 21, 2012
If you're still interested in running or walking in the Drumstick Dash, you have until 8:30 a.m. on Thankgiving day to register at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. The cost is $20 for walkers and $35 for runners. Cash, check, or credit card accepted.   -------   Before the turkey and the stuffing, thousands will put on their running shoes. A record turnout is expected for the Thanksgiving Day Drumstick Dash in Roanoke. More than 15,000 are expected to take part in the 5K run and walk to benefit the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | June 26, 2013
Real Experiences Affecting Change (R.E.A.C.H) is a non-profit agency focused on restoring hope, alleviating loneliness, and empowering individuals. For one week, a youth group from northern Virginia will come to Roanoke to help out folks all throughout the area. Their first stop is the Roanoke Rescue Mission where students will serve breakfast to the residents at the homeless shelter. The rest of the week will be spent helping homeless children at a local daycare. R.E.A.C.H.
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Brendan King and WDBJ7 Intern Reporter | June 12, 2013
Now a follow-up about the cars vandalized in southeast Roanoke. Tuesday we told you someone slashed the tires on 30 vehicles. Some of those cars belonged to people already down on their luck. As of Wednesday, they have brand new tires.   You met Nancy Fulewelling during our newscast Tuesday. "It's hard not to be angry, but I am," Fulewelling said. She's one of the people whose tires were slashed. But her tears of sadness, are now tears of joy. "I'm entirely overwhelmed.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 25, 2013
The final resting place for many important Roanoke residents was given some much needed attention this weekend. More than 50 Confederate veterans and the granddaughter of Patrick Henry are buried at the City Cemetery in Roanoke. Members of the 28th Virginia Infantry Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans spent their Saturday sprucing up the area.  They cleaned, fixed and refurbished headstones, along with some general cleaning. For them, it's all about respecting those that have been lost.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | December 25, 2012
The Roanoke Rescue Mission saw lines out the door for most of the day. Dozens of volunteers served over a thousand meals.  While people waited for their meals they heard Christmas songs. Once they sat down, they ate a Christmas feast with all the fixings, including turkey, cranberry sauce, corn, mashed potatoes and plenty of desserts. Anne Minter volunteers year round, but she says Christmas just feels different, "It's noisier, it's more rewarding.  A sense of service, you can't beat that.  It's not give me this, give me that, what'd I get?
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | November 22, 2012
The Roanoke Rescue Mission started cooking four days in advance to prepare for Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner. The Rescue Mission plans to feed more than one-thousand people on Thanksgiving day. The head cook, Jeffery Gorham, says they will prepare a total of nine meals in just one day. On the menu for the feast is white and dark turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, string beans, corn and every dessert you can think...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | November 22, 2012
Thousands of people burned off some calories before Thanksgiving dinner all to help out others. Runners and walkers of all ages started the 3-mile-run at 9:00 Thursday morning. All the proceeds benefit the Roanoke Rescue Mission. Organizers say many people believe the Rescue Mission is simply a shelter and a food bank. "We also have a free clinic which acts as a safety net for those who are uninsured, unemployed or who don't have a place to live, so it'll go towards that, we have a drug and alcohol recovery program it'll benefit all of that, all of the proceeds stay right here in Roanoke.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | November 21, 2012
If you're still interested in running or walking in the Drumstick Dash, you have until 8:30 a.m. on Thankgiving day to register at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. The cost is $20 for walkers and $35 for runners. Cash, check, or credit card accepted.   -------   Before the turkey and the stuffing, thousands will put on their running shoes. A record turnout is expected for the Thanksgiving Day Drumstick Dash in Roanoke. More than 15,000 are expected to take part in the 5K run and walk to benefit the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | November 21, 2012
The big holiday football game usually starts on Thanksgiving Day, but for elementary kids in Roanoke it started today! Crystal Spring Elementary School had its annual Turkey Bowl. Fourth and Fifth graders kicked Wednesday morning off with a game of flag football. In order to play, kids had to write an essay on what they're thankful for. This tradition is in its sixth year at the school. All of the money raised goes to the Roanoke Rescue Mission. "Most of that money comes from piggy banks, allowances, our kids ask relatives and neighbors to help out," explained Wade Whitehead, a teacher.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | September 24, 2012
Homelessness is a problem facing cities all across the country. But here in Roanoke, fewer people are seeking shelter. When it comes to helping someone get back on his or her feet, the key is to monitor them closely and figure out specific strategies. That's exactly what the Roanoke Rescue Mission is doing. “The numbers in shelter are about 100 less per night this year than they were last year in the same time period and we attribute this to two things that have changed at the rescue mission,” said CEO Joy Sylvester-Johnson.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | September 22, 2012
A church in our area is making a huge difference in our community.  Instead of spreading their message of care from the pulpit, they're hitting the streets and helping the homeless. Members of Bonsack Baptist Church loaded up blankets and other supplies and then headed to downtown Roanoke. The church members belong to the group “Launch,” which includes young professionals ages 18-35. The other personal hygiene items were paid for by group members. We spoke with Launch Director Scott Quirin.
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