Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Grant to The Rescue Mission

Left to right-Sherry Gearheart, Manager of the Women and Childrens Center and Carly Oliver, Foundation Associate Director.

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has announced it has awarded ,000 to The Rescue Mission from the Foundation’s Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund.  This Fund, which was established through the estate of local barber Earl Doran, has a number of purposes, including supporting agencies which provide shelter, care and assistance to battered women.

“Many people do not realize the number of abused women sheltered at the Rescue Mission,” said Kim Gembala, Director of Administration for the Rescue Mission.  “In a recent survey of our family shelter, 76% reported being a victim of sexual, physical, and/or verbal abuse from a spouse or partner.”

Carly Oliver, Foundation Associate Director, noted: “The Foundation is happy to support The Rescue Mission through this initial grant from the Fund and grateful to Mr. Doran for establishing a significant fund that will assist many women who deal with domestic violence issues in the years ahead.”

The Rescue Mission refers all women who report active abuse by a partner to other local shelters who specialize in domestic violence; however, special circumstances make some of these women ineligible for services at these shelters.

“This grant will make a huge impact here at the Rescue Mission,” said a Gearheart, Manager of the Women and Children’s Center.  “These funds will allow us to continue providing the services for these women while ensuring their safety.”

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke is a grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia since 1948.

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley has worked for more than two decades to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit their website at or call 985-0204.

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