ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — On Monday morning, the Rescue Mission of Roanoke announced it is kicking off an updated residential structure in its men’s shelter and women and children’s center.

According to the organization, this update follows conversations with guests, staff, and community members who have helped the rescue mission work to serve all who come to its doors.

This will expand services available to those who come to the Mission for just one night and those who wish to spend more time focusing on healing and recovery, all while keeping an eye on the future for each guest.

At the Mission, the update is called the “Three E’s,” with each phase described below:

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  • “Entry” phase: This will be available nightly for those who are looking for basic services, such as shelter, showers, food, and medical care.
  • “Establish” phase: This will serve guests looking to use the full services provided by the rescue mission and its partners. It will include the same services from the “Entry” phase, along with case management, classes and coaching, and chapel and spiritual direction.
  • “Empower” phase: This phase will be coming soon, involving aftercare and high-level services for guests who need long term coaching and/or contact but are ready for life outside of the mission, such as transitional housing.

“The Rescue Mission of Roanoke is proud to offer this critical new phase as a way to reach more individuals and families in our community who are struggling,” the mission said in a statement on Monday, April 4. “While many of these services were previously offered at the Rescue Mission, we have shifted them to make sure that all feel welcome at the Rescue Mission and that all can be served at the Rescue Mission.”