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To become new again in . . .


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freedom from doubt,

anxiety, or fear . . .

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human existence, relationships,

ife &

liveliness or vitality and...

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trust or faith

in a person or self.

Embracing, Challenging & Changing Lives  . . .  Everyday

 We believe that each individual’s future can be positive and we commit ourselves to assisting in any way possible to support this being achieved

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A Little About Us

Our Mission

“In an environment of dignity and mutual respect, to help individuals experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless, to become self-sufficient through:

  • Housing: Providing a temporary shelter and access to affordable permanent housing
  • Skills: Helping each resident develop the life and job skills needed to live,
  • Work: Expecting each resident to perform meaningful work for the benefit of himself or herself and the community
  • Prevention: Working to prevent homelessness in the Kanawha Valley.”

Our Philosophy

The Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center holds central to its existence the goal of providing quality services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Charleston and the Kanawha Valley. Our services are developed with the hope of including each individual’s family or persons significant to him or her in this process.

  • We aim to support individuals to care for their children whenever possible. It is our intent to maintain the rights of those served, to treat all entering our programs and services with dignity and respect and to assist all individuals to make their own decisions- ensuring their right to self determine.
  • We seek to maintain an environment that is free of violence and illegal conduct.
  • We seek to help each individual regain his ability to live independently when possible and/ or to live as independently as appropriate.
  • We focus on personal responsibility and accountability by empowering each individual to set and achieve his or her own goals.
  • We believe that each individual’s future can be positive and we commit ourselves to assisting in any way possible to support this being achieved.
Our Success Stories

Richard’s story started when he became chronically homeless due to his inability to work.  He lived in our shelter for three years.  During those three years, the staff at Roark-Sullivan worked diligently to get him the help he needed to live independently again.  Richard was not old enough for Medicare and, like most people who apply, was initially denied disability.  Through the help and perseverance of the staff who aided him to appeal his disability determination, he was eventually awarded full disability. Richard will receive back pay plus a regular monthly award within the next 30 days.  He is planning on moving into permanent housing immediately.  After three years of services, this is a huge success for Richard and those of us at RSLC couldn’t be happier for him.