The Roanoke Rescue Mission’s Story
The most amazing thing about the Roanoke Rescue Mission is its history and how it came to be. The founder, Gus Johnson, actually grew up in Chicago. While suffering from alcoholism, he went to Chicago’s United Mission to get sober and ended up going through a crazy transformation. He soon met the woman he would marry after knowing her for just 8 days.
Gus and his wife moved to the Roanoke area specifically to do mission work. When they arrived in 1948 they opened up what is now the Roanoke Rescue Mission. It has been in service and helping the community ever since, and the Johnson family has led the organization up until a couple of years ago.
Today, the Roanoke Rescue Mission mainly helps the homeless population by providing meals and emergency shelter, but they also do many other things. They have a free clinic, a drug rehab program, and they offer all kinds of services including training for spiritual growth and employment. They just do a tremendous amount of good for the community.
The Rescue Mission is a very sustainable organization with a lot of different avenues to help people. We have been there to help serve meals in the evening, and we plan on continuing to support them in the years to come. If you want to know more about the Rescue Mission, visit their website, where you can find out the organization’s whole story and background. For anyone in the area who wants to visit the mission, head over to 4th Street SE right around the Elm downtown area.
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