Stories of Hope–Homeless Addict to Hopeful Advocate
“As a drug addict, I’ve been in some incredibly dark places, so even my worst days now are better than the best days when I was using drugs.” Rae Barker is grateful to be 22 years old with her whole life ahead of her. “I hit my rock bottom early,” she explains. “So many people […]
Stories of Hope- Quilts That Give
Debra Clinksdale and her five children are a family stitched together by love and hard knocks; but for Christmas it is the love that Clinksdale, a quilter since age 14, is stitching into quilts she is making for the Rescue Mission. “We stayed at the Rescue Mission for six months,” she explains. “The quilts on […]
Stories of Hope- A Mission Family Reunion
Steve had a choice: stay the course and die all alone, or enter the Rescue Mission Recovery Program and try to save his life and his family. “The kids and I were leaving,” said Janet. Steve’s wife of 22 years, Janet was convinced she had lost her husband for good. “He was in such bad […]
Vote for your favorite Drumstick DASH Turkey!
More than 60 children drew their best turkeys at the Taubman Museum’s Sidewalk Art Show; which one will adorn this year’s Drumstick DASH t-shirt? You can vote for your favorite DASH Turkey using the form below! The voting will end with a special reception on August 19th at 2nd Helpings Gallery– the winner will be […]
Volunteering at the Rescue Mission- Franklin County YMCA
The kids at Franklin County YMCA have been volunteering at the Rescue Mission for the past five years. One of their camp counselors share with us what their recent volunteer experience at the Rescue Mission meant to the campers. Watch the video below. Interested in getting involved at the Mission? Find out how here!
Anniversary Gratitude Campaign
On June 30th, Rescue Mission guests and staff enjoyed a cookout and expressed appreciation for donors like you. Over hot dogs, baked beans, and ice cream, they created a banner and recorded video messages of thanks. The Rescue Mission would not have been able to help hurting people in Jesus’ name for the past 69 […]
The July Newsletter is here! We are excited to kick off our 69th Anniversary with a Gratitude Campaign–learn how you can change a life this summer. July Newsletter Every donation made to the Anniversary Gratitude Campaign during the month of July will be matched by the Skolrood Law Firm, up to $50,000! Click here to make your donation […]
Sandra’s Kickin’ Chicken Soup
Sandra’s Kickin’ Chicken Soup has a cult following at 2nd Helpings – and with good reason! This twist on a classic soup has an added kick that will warm you from the inside out on these cool spring days. Whether you serve it with a fresh salad, 2nd Helpings’ homemade bagel chips, or all by itself, this one […]
Roanoke Valley Gives Da(ily)
The 2nd annual Roanoke Valley Gives Day is in the books! Thank you to Foundation for Roanoke Valley for hosting this exciting 24-hours of online giving, and thank you to all who helped the Rescue Mission raise nearly $46,000! If you ever had any doubt that the Roanoke Valley gives, you will find all the […]
Sarah’s Story: A Recovered Life
Alcohol gripped Sarah’s life and led her to a place of dark despair. At her lowest point, however, she was given a second chance that led her to a place of hope and transformation. In the Rescue Mission Recovery Program, Sarah discovered love, support and the confidence she needed to build a new life. She also received […]
I had no idea… part 2
If you read our first blog post, you know the phrase “I had no idea” is one we hear a lot at the Rescue Mission. We hear it a lot because most people in the Roanoke Valley think of the Rescue Mission as simply a homeless shelter or “soup kitchen.” It’s true, we do shelter people who […]
Are you up for the challenge?
What will you do to help a homeless family at the Rescue Mission on Roanoke Valley Gives Day? Here’s some of what we have in store: Our goal is to raise $65,000 in 24 hours on March 15th! Did you know that it costs $13,000 to operate the Rescue Mission for one day? You will help […]
What is Roanoke Valley Gives Day?
March 15 isn’t just any old Wednesday — it’s Roanoke Valley Gives Day! Wait, what’s Roanoke Valley Gives Day? Roanoke Valley Gives Day (or RVG Day for short) is an initiative of Foundation for Roanoke Valley to raise money and awareness for local non-profits. That means for 24 hours, you can donate to the Rescue Mission on the […]