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The RAM Story


In the late 1960s, Roanoke area clergy became concerned about the growing numbers of people coming to their churches and synagogues, asking for assistance.  Many had been turned away from other agencies because they didn't fit the criteria for assistance.  Yet their needs were real. 

In 1971, representatives of nine denominations met to establish an ecumenical urban ministry to develop and coordinate services to people I need.  RAM's first project was to deliver surplus food to the elderly and disabled.  As the needs grew, so did RAM. 

With support from the Roanoke Times, the Good Neighbors Fund Was established in 1984 to raise money for emergency assistance.  In 1986, Roanoke's mayor, The Rev. Noel Taylor, launched an initiative on homelessness.  In response, the following year  RAM House opened its doors to the homeless in a building donated by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.


In 2001-2004 renovations were made with the help of church groups, individuals, and businesses who contributed over 2,000 hours of volunteer time. Over 80 businesses in Roanoke's construction community donated in-kind services and materials. Thanks to the volunteer labor and in-kind donations, the construction came in under budget at $350,000 and RAM was able to complete the renovations without borrowing any money.


In 2015 - RAM House is celebrating 28 years of serving the community’s impoverished and homeless.



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