Together we improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people in our community.
RYSE, which stands for Rehousing Youth for Success in Education, is an initiative that works with local schools to identify homeless children and put their family on the pathway to self-sufficiency.
Every day in our valley, hundreds of students leave school unsure of where they’ll lay their head that night. While support is available for some, approximately 80% of these children and their families are not eligible for existing support because they fall through a crack in the system…they aren’t living on the streets. Their instability is hidden, as they find temporary shelter in motels or often move from one home to another as reluctant house guests in need a place of their own.
Each homeless family is quickly transitioned into stable housing while case managers work to address the underlying challenges that prevent the family from attaining self-sufficiency, such as: employment training, food assistance, academic support, financial education, and other crisis interventions.
Other examples of our flagship work include: Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, Healthy Roanoke Valley, and Bank On Roanoke Valley.
For 91 years, United Way of Roanoke Valley has been partnering with individuals, businesses, other non-profits and local government to develop far reaching, common sense solutions for some of our most important social challenges. By combining community support, efforts and intellect we are able to work efficiently to improve the most lives possible in the Roanoke Valley, something no single organization, individual or government can accomplish on their own.
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