Rescue Mission Ministries

Legal Services Ministry

The Rescue Mission Legal Services Ministry is designed to help Mission guests learn what legal resources are available to them. The Rescue Mission volunteer attorneys triage the legal issues then either work with the guests or refer them to independent attorneys in private practice to be seen on a pro bono basis. Attorneys throughout the Roanoke Valley have collaborated to provide legal referral services to the guests and residents of the Rescue Mission.

Volunteer Attorneys, Peter Vieth, Julie Perry and Lee Osbourne, provide free legal guidance to the homeless.
Volunteer Attorneys, Peter Vieth, Julie Perry and Lee Osbourne, provide free legal guidance to the homeless.

The Legal Referral Clinic is held twice monthly (the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:00am) on site at the Rescue Mission. Attorneys provide no-charge consultation to the homeless for:

  • Domestic Relations
  • Divorce
  • Child/Spouse Support
  • Custody/Visitation
  • Disability Benefits
  • Social Security SSI
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Employment/Insurance
  • Personal Finance (Credit/Bankruptcy)
  • Personal Injury or Property Damage
  • Landlord/Tenant Dispute
  • School Issues
  • Drivers License Restoration
  • Other Civil Disputes

Designed to help our guests learn what legal resources are available to them.

How it works: Residents and guests requests an appointment through the Legal Referral Coordinator and complete questionnaires outlining their situations prior to meeting with the attorney. In the event the guest’s needs exceed the attorney’s area of expertise, the attorneys refer to other attorneys in the Roanoke Valley willing to assist on a pro bono basis.

For more information, please contact Holly Paulette, Legal Referral Coordinator, at holly,paulette@rescuemission.net or 540.343.7227.