RAM House in danger of closing after decades of service

Published: May. 16, 2016 at 8:51 PM EDT
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For decades, Roanoke Area Ministries' day shelter, called the RAM House, has provided thousands of meals and financial help to the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

They also provide a hot lunch, laundry, and financial aid mostly to homeless veterans, the mentally ill, and the unemployable.

The RAM House's operating budget is running low and it could close towards the end of summer.

Volunteeer coordinator Martha Snidow says there aren't many homeless shelters open during the day and closing down will have a huge impact.

"We're going to have people who will not have a place to go during the day, who will be left out in the elements whatever they may be," said Snidow. "They will not be able to get a meal and for some of them this is their only meal of the day."

The RAM House has started a GoFundMe page with hopes of raising $100,000. Shelter leaders say that's enough to get them through the end of the year. The link to that GoFundMe page is attached to this article under "related links."

Mark Barksdale is only one of several people who gets assistance from the RAM House and thinks we should all help.

"I hope they really look into that and to say, 'Hey, a little bit here, a little bit there.' Maybe it might add up to be whatever requirements they need to make this place run," said Barksdale.