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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

Mr. M arrived at the Giltinan Center November 5, 2014. His sister is extremely ill, so he left his life in New York to come be at her side. He had a great occupation where he lived, and there were plenty of jobs in his field back home. It would have been very easy for him to go back to his life in NY, but he really didn’t want to leave his sister, even if it meant staying in the shelter.

By November 13, 2014 he already had an interview at a local hospital for an LPN position, and was waiting to hear back from them. He was in a tight position, down to his last $7.00. He started working on CKHA applications with his case worker on November 13th.  She also showed him the apartment and job listings that were available, and he ran with what he could find.

On November 18th he told his caseworker that he got the job at the hospital! Since he is an older gentleman, it was even more of a success. He was so excited, and seemed almost surprised when he was congratulated on his success. It was a very happy, hopeful day.

Mr. M found his way to and from work, and did everything he could to make the best of his new job, nightshift and all. Although he was getting tired, he was still very up-beat and always had a smile.

Thanksgiving came and went.

By December 2nd, even before she had a chance to catch up with him, Mr. M came to his caseworker. He told her he was leaving.  He had found an apartment and he wanted to express his heartfelt gratitude to her and RSLC for everything they had done to help him; to which she replied “No, thank you.  YOU did all the hard work!”