Our December Pedi of the Month will be benefitting The Salvation Army of Roanoke, VA.

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The Salvation Army has been at work in the Roanoke Valley since 1887. During this time there have been several facilities, programs, and changes. At the heart of the mission of The Salvation Army is service to the community. As such, as the needs of the community change, so then should The Salvation Army change. At its core The Salvation Army seeks to serve the least, the last and the lost and does this in a myriad of different ways. Some of these programs are common in other Salvation Army locations, while some are unique to the Roanoke Valley.

The Salvation Army operates a corps (church) and community center in Southeast Roanoke. Located in the former Belmont elementary school, the building is home to the administrative offices, classrooms, gym, full-service kitchen and cafeteria. Seven days a week, activities are taking place in the center, including worship services and programs in the chapel, youth character building programs, adult educational classes, a community art group, and “Seniors with Spirit” (senior day care), depending on the time of year. The large gym is used for Salvation Army programs and rentals.

Across from this building you will find the Salvation Army’s community garden where neighbors lovingly tend to their vegetable gardens.

The Pathway of Hope initiative, which seeks to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty, is housed in this building as is crisis case management services and seasonal programs like Angel Tree.

COMING SOON: The New Day Center is a drop-in center for youth ages 18-24 aging out of foster care or at-risk of homelessness. It provides a safe place for youth to relax, receive wrap around community services, attend educational classes, take a shower, do laundry and get a bite to eat.

The Turning Point is the area’s only safe and secure intimate partner violence shelter. Its location is undisclosed and is a national award winning program that practices trauma informed care for clients and their children. Due to the nature of this program there is a separate volunteer training around the issues of domestic violence. Turning Point also houses survivors of human trafficking.

The Red Shield Life Recovery program is a six month back-to-work program for men experiencing homelessness. It includes intensive case management, a weekly life skills class, a savings program and a mentoring program and is located in Northwest Roanoke.

The Family Thrift store on Williamson Road is the donation processing center and retail store for the Roanoke Valley. Proceeds from the store fund local programs. It is also a place for the community to gather, shop, and build friendships with caring and supportive thrift store staff.