I am Martha Snidow, Volunteer Coordinator and Resource Development Contact for Roanoke Area Ministries, located at 824 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 24016. Roanoke Area Ministries is an ecumenical council made up of churches of all denominations and synagogues from around the Roanoke Valley. Our mission FOR THE PAST 45 YEARS has been to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in various ways. RAM (Roanoke Area Ministries) operates a day shelter for the homeless. Our clients are mostly homeless veterans, the mentally ill and the hard to employ or unemployable. We provide a safe, clean respite for them from life on the streets and we provide a hot, nutritious lunch 365 days a year. We also provide laundry facilities and a clothes closet for our homeless guests. We network with other agencies to get our guests the help that they need in order to improve their lives and get off the street. RAM also has a financial aid office which provides emergency financial aid to those at risk of becoming homeless by helping to pay utilities which are about to be cut off, help with rent for those with an eviction notice, or help in paying for life saving medications. We are funded solely through grants, donations and fund raising.
While we have money for financial aid and food, we are in DESPERATE need of funds for operating expenses. It does no good to have the money for food and financial aid if we can not keep our doors open due to lack of funds to pay our rent and our utility bills. At this time, we will be out of funds for operating expenses within three months, and we will have to close our doors until we can raise enough money to reopen. During that time our guests will have no safe respite, no guarantee of at least one meal a day and many families will have utilities cut off or be evicted from their homes. This is especially hard in the summer when children are not in school and are not getting regular meals through school programs. They need RAM the most at this time. These folks are our family and we work very hard every day to help them in every way possible. It is painful for us to think of them having no place to go and nothing to eat. Many will end up incarcerated, injured or worse if left on the streets. PLEASE HELP NOW!
Our Project Now! is intended to help us keep our doors open during the time of year when funding is at its lowest. Please help us care for the least fortunate, troubled and disabled among us. Donate NOW!
You can learn more about us by visiting www.raminc.org.