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The “Valley Business Today” conversation with host Janet Michael and co-host Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber included Pastor Brandan Thomas from Winchester Rescue Mission to give details about his organization and their current expansion to Valley Avenue in Winchester. Click here to listen to the conversation.
Brandan talked about the services that Winchester Rescue Mission offers to members in need in our community.
Resident Shelter Programs meet the most basic and immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness. Each night, men, women, and families find a warm bed and safety from the streets at the Winchester Rescue Mission. The center for men can currently sleep up to 32 while their center for women can currently sleep 15.
Case Management provides a case worker to work one-on-one with each person to develop a personalized plan to address needs including healthcare, mental health, literacy, and employment with the goal of helping them change unhealthy patterns of behavior, heal, and become a contributing member of our community.
Food Distribution and Community Meals are provided through a partnershiup with the local food bank, as well as grocers, stores, and other businesses that donate baked goods, meats, fresh produce, and other food items. The food distribution is open to anyone in the community currently needing food for themselves and their families.
Community dinner is served 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 5pm. The dinner is not only open to those finding shelter at Winchester Rescue Mission, but is open to individuals and families of the Winchester community. Click here to view the calendar.
Hygiene Services such as restrooms, hot showers and personal hygiene supplies as well as laundry facilities are available to all guests. The Winchester Rescue Mission’s shower and laundry facilities are also open to the community. Men can use these services Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am – 1:30pm. Women seeking to use these services should contact Winchester Rescue Mission to schedule a time for use.
Brandan also explained what the expansion to Valley Avenue will mean to the number of people they will be able to serve in our community – nearly double. They will also be able to expand their services to women and families, classroom space, and year-round emergency shelter. Get more details about the new building located at 2655 Valley Avenue by clicking here.
Kory gave information about the “big move” the chamber is making to Winchester Regional Airport on June 16 and are looking forward to serving their members from the new location. He also gave us details for a few upcoming chamber events such as the Community Leadership Program graduation, Corporate Challenge, and Business After Hours.