Emergency Shelter

Hope often begins with a step from crisis to safe shelter

Each night, the Rescue Mission provides a safe haven to families and individuals in crisis. Once stabilized through the help of our intensive case management services, many transition to independent housing within 45 days. Others are welcomed into our Residential Recovery Program or Tabitha Job Skills Program.

Rescue Mission services first tend to the most basic needs: food for the hungry and shelter for the homeless.  Then we tackle the root causes of homelessness.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of food and shelter, the Roanoke Rescue Mission serves three meals a day 365 days a year. Clothing is provided as needed through our free voucher program. Hot showers, laundry, and personal hygiene items are available to all guests.


Every evening, spiritual guidance and prayer is offered during our ecumenical chapel services, hosted by our chaplain and led nightly by churches from many different denominations. Guests also have access to a free legal clinic, as well as medical, vision, dental, and behavioral health care through our G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic for the Homeless. And thanks to volunteer hairdressers in our Angels with Scissors program, guests may receive a free haircut in order to look their best to apply for jobs and housing.

A full-time Children’s Minister is on staff to address the needs of children in Family Shelter, including school enrollment, tutoring, children’s chapel, and special events such as Camp Jubilee summer day camp.

For more information about accessing our Men’s Shelter, Women’s Shelter, Family Shelter, and Respite Care, call (540) 343-7227. For more information about what you need to do if you need to stay at the Rescue Mission, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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