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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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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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Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | October 3, 2011
  More people are in need of a place to lay their head at night. The Roanoke Rescue Mission has been overcapacity for the past several months. "There are nights I feel like the old woman in the shoe who had so many children she didn't know what to do," said Joy Sylvester-Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Roanoke Rescue Mission. In fact one night recently 429 people including 72 children stayed at the Rescue Mission. The numbers went up in August and again last month and it's expected they will continue going up.  The economy is one reason and the cold weather is another, according to Sylvester-Johnson.  A couple of other area agencies that used to house some of the area's homeless no longer do, said Sylvester-Johnson.
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August 10, 2011
It's a donation that arrived just in time. $80,000 worth of food has been given to the Roanoke Rescue Mission. It's one of the largest donations the Rescue Mission has ever received. Star Valley Provisions of Roanoke donated 17 pallets of Boar's Head products. And it couldn't have come soon enough. The Rescue Mission was about to run out of meat. “We're serving anywhere from 900 to 1-thousand meals a day right now. And the line just keeps getting longer.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | August 2, 2011
Roanoke's Rescue Mission has a big mission on its hands.  More than a week away from its annual Back to School¿ Blast , the charity needs to collect more than two thousand book bags.  They only have 930 so far. This year's Back to School Blast has been moved to the Roanoke Civic Center.  It will take place in the Special Events Center Saturday, August 13.  It begins at 9 a.m. The Back to School Blast provides school supplies to...
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May 4, 2011
       The Roanoke Rescue Mission confirms that John Sylvester-Johnson, the charities' Director of Programs, died last night.  John was part of the husband and wife team that ran one of Roanoke's largest charities for the past 25 years.        John Sylvester-Johnson had been hospitalized in Roanoke and later Atlanta after a fall on December 27, 2010.  He slipped on the ice while doing errands with his wife and then fell again later that day at the mission.       Sylvester-Johnson had been in a special rehab program in Atlanta.  He began having seizures two weeks ago and died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Matthew Moran | July 10, 2010
One year ago the Roanoke Rescue Mission opened the 2nd Helpings Shop, Gallery and Cafe. All the money raised at 2nd Helpings funds the mission. Every month an artist is featured in the Gallery. This month, the work of local artist Julie Powers is on show. A reception for Powers and her work was held Saturday. Powers says her work falls closely in line with the philosophy of the Rescue Mission. "I try to get people see there's something beautiful in everything," Powers said.
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