Roanoke adults with special needs now have new hangout to themselves

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Adults in Roanoke with special needs now have their very own place to hang out! Friday afternoon in downtown Roanoke St. Vincent's House leaders, staff and members held a ribbon cutting and celebration for the opening of The Hub.

CEO of St. Vincent's House, Angie Leonard, said their newest space will allow folks with special needs to socialize and make friends. They can also access resources to find employment while having a good time.

"We get lots of phone calls from folks who say they're bored or depressed," said Leonard, noting that even if the special needs adults work it's often only part time. "So this offers an opportunity for them to come out and engage socially and hang out, so to speak, like minded and of similar age and it's just super exciting."

The Hub is nestled between Garland Properties and Downshift, a bike repair, coffee and beer spot that also employs adults with special needs. Inside The Hub, people can access games, technology, music, TV and most importantly, a friend.