Ten Ways The Salvation Army is "Doing the Most Good" in Roanoke
1. Turning Point is the only domestic violence shelter in Roanoke and the largest of its kind in Virginia. In 2009, 300 victims of domestic violence received shelter and support at Turning Point.
2. The Red Shield Lodge is a fully supportive shelter for homeless men with 50 emergency and 10 transitional beds. In 2009, 1,148 men received meals, bedding, bathroom facilities and supplies, laundry facilities and supplies, and transportation.
3. Individuals and families facing a financial crisis turn to Family and Social Services for rent and utility assistance. In 2009, more than 2,100 people received help to stay in their homes, keep their lights on, or have running water or heat.
4. More than 2,800 individuals received bags of groceries in 2009.
5. Low-income and homeless families struggle to find quality, affordable afterschool care. In 2009, 28 children, ages 5-12, participated in mentoring programs, field trips, tutoring, life skills training, recreational opportunities, character building and nutritional education through The Salvation Army of Roanoke afterschool and summer day camp programs.
6. More than 3,000 children had a Merry Christmas in 2009 when they received a bundle of presents through the Angel Tree program. Nearly 1,560 families received boxes of food during the holidays.
7. More than 600 homebound seniors or those in nursing homes received visits from The Salvation Army in 2009.
8. More than 200 campers enjoyed a week at Camp Happyland, a low or no-cost, safe, supervised residential camp which contributes to the physical and spiritual growth of children ages 7-15.
9. Volunteers gave more than 43,000 hours back to their community through The Salvation Army's programs and services.
10. Firefighters and emergency services personnel received meals and counseling at the Poor Mountain fire in Roanoke and Montgomery Counties in the spring of 2008. Our disaster services team also served thousands of hot meals to residents and aid workers in Galveston, Texas, after Hurricane Ike in 2008.