R&R RESCUE VAN
"Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others?"
Roswell, as does any major city, has its share of financially challenged, homeless and often overlooked individuals. Over the last two years, Reflections & Recovery’s Rescue Van has scoured the streets of Roswell providing assistance to those desperately in need.
Originally a leader at Rivers of Life Homeless Shelter, founder Lorual VanRheenen saw the great needs of the people she encountered daily and wanted to find a way to provide direct and immediate aid to them. The R&R Rescue Van tends to both the broad and intimate needs of the Roswell community. In response to the physical needs of people in desperation, the van provides items like sleeping bags, clothing items, hot coffee, soup, granola bars, fruit, and more.
It is equally important to look after the emotional and spiritual needs of these people as well. The Rescue Van also brings Bibles and volunteers to pray with, care for, and show the love of the Lord to those who are financially challenged and homeless. It creates priceless opportunities to build relationships and reinstate self worth in individuals.
"Many who have experienced homelessness for a long time become numb. They feel they are separated from society, and lack the human touch. They don't get their hands shaken, the don't get hugs, they are detached from society and it is not a positive world." -John Hardy
"[Some] people believe the homeless are less than human, some kind of second-class citizen. The homeless are your mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. We need to protect our community." -Steve Huston
"We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty." -Mother Teresa
It is often hard for those of us in comfortable living situations to understand the crisis poor weather creates for those living on the street. Extreme heat or cold as well as rising water can be potentially life threatening. Having the Rescue Van means that help can be brought directly to the source of need, often times to those without the means to get to shelter easily.
Our dream is to have enough consistent volunteers to provide aid one evening per week. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Lorual@ReflectionsAndRecovery.com