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Winchester Rescue Mission ‘grateful’ for office rehab

WINCHESTER — About 300 square feet of office space at the Winchester Rescue Mission at 435 N. Cameron St. is getting spruced up, with help from Lowe’s employees at the store’s location in the Rutherford Crossing shopping center.
On Friday, a small group of Lowe’s employees got to work adding cabinets and countertops, painting walls, and installing new doors. Their efforts are part of the Lowe’s Heroes program.

Mission director’s Rescue Ride to raise awareness about the homeless

By Brian Brehm | The Winchester Star | August 8, 2019

WINCHESTER — Brandan Thomas is taking a cross-country journey to help the homeless residents of the Winchester Rescue Mission. “I love the guys that live here,” said Thomas, executive director of the shelter at 435 N. Cameron St., “and I want people to get to know them and their stories.” To share his message with as many people as possible, Thomas came up with a 12-day Rescue Ride, “a crazy idea I had for a while that started to take shape in March.” Thomas will leave Winchester on Sept. 27 and ride a motorcycle all the way to Los Angeles, stopping along the way to visit homeless shelters and post video updates about his journey. “The goal is to raise awareness and get people to understand more about what the guys and gals living at the Rescue Mission deal with when it comes to homelessness,” he said. The Rescue Ride will be the second public awareness event staged by Thomas. The first, Conversations from a Bench, was held in October and featured Thomas and a variety of guests discussing homelessness and its underlying causes, including addiction and mental health issues, during a 24-hour event that was streamed live on social media from a bench in front of the mission.


Crossroads: Winchester Rescue Mission with Branden Thomas

By iHeart Radio | August 5, 2019 • 30 min

Branden Thomas talks with us about the growing homeless population in the valley, and how his agency is rising to meet the challenge. We also talk about his ride across America to raise money and awareness

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Winchester man’s mission lives on in partnership to help the homeless

By Ellie Williams | Local DVM | June 13, 2019

2019 Chain of Checks campaign will confront homelessness

By Star staff report | The Winchester Star | June 7, 2019
WINCHESTER — The Henry and William Evans Home for Children and the Winchester Rescue Mission have been selected as beneficiaries of WINC Radio’s 2019 Chain of Checks campaign.
The theme of this year’s fundraiser is “Headed Home: A Journey Out of Homelessness.”
Eighty percent of the individuals living at the Winchester Rescue Mission‘s shelter at 435 N. Cameron St. have a mental health diagnosis, according to a Chain of Checks media release. By addressing those issues, the nonprofit helps its residents regain independence.



Colorful mural brightens Winchester Rescue Mission and the community

By Josh Janney | The Winchester Star | June 3, 2019
WINCHESTER- The Winchester Rescue Mission at 435 N. Cameron St. got an exterior makeover Saturday as more than 80 volunteers helped paint a mural on the shelter’s walls.
The mural, designed by local artist Sarah Gallahan, depicts several acts of kindness- such as taking care of the sick and providing food and shelter- all services the Winchester Rescue Mission provides. Gallahan started working on the design of the mural in early May, investing more than 40 work hours. On Saturday, volunteers added color to her designs.

WINC-FM announces 2019 Chain of Checks recipients

By Ellie Williams | Local DVM | June 5, 2019

Shenandoah students start free foot care clinic to help manage diabetes

By Bria Lloyd | Local DVM | May 7, 2019

Local groups collaborate for women’s shelter

By Ellie Williams | Local DVM | October 2018

Rescue Mission expands with new women’s shelter

By Evan Goodenow | The Winchester Star | February 11, 2018
WINCHESTER- Mission accomplished.
For decades since the 32-bed, men’s only Winchester Rescue Mission opened in 1973, organizers have sought to build a women’s shelter. Their effort came to fruition in a home at 4 E. Southwerk St. on Saturday.
The house will initially house three women, by the Rev. Brandan Thomas, mission executive director, said he hopes to eventually increase the number to nine if space can be found in the three-story, 1,946-square-foot home.