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Wednesday, November 1

Helping Rosie; A Homeless Woman in Dire Need

It's October 30th, 2017, the day before Halloween here in Roanoke City.

In case you don't remember, it was extremely cold, the first time this fall that it got down into the 30's and the winds we're picking up.

Mark, a friend of mine took this picture, posted it on the Virginia Panhandling Epidemic group and asked about her, no one knew anything about her.

Claudia, a member and friend, caught wind of the post Mark made and set forth to try and find her.

She did.

Her name is Rosie. A frail, timid woman near 60 years of age, who honestly has been down a hard path in life.

Claudia put her up in a motel for the evening, which was extremely sweet, using her own money to do so. But, Rosie was having issues, breathing issues and it was apparent that she had been having issues for some time with coughing, wheezing and breathing.

Claudia did the right thing, she took this lady to the ER here in Roanoke.


This woman had very little, from the image you can see that's everything she owned, a couple of bags, blanket and whatever is in them.

Dawn, who runs The Least of These was working with Claudia to try and help cover some expenses and put her up for a short time to get over being sick. Anyone that has had pneumonia or know of someone that has had it before, it's NOT good and can easily be life threatening.

I reached out to Dawn to see if I could help. Our little program here, Blessing Bags is not equipped to deal with situations like this, she was already offered a blessing bag and refused it, she already had personal items with her, she didn't need more.

I started a Go Fund Me for Rosie.

I really just wanted to try and cover a few bucks for meds and a place to stay for her. But what I found was a much larger out-crying of support.

Could it be that Roanoke cares?


I started the GFM b/c I have a good deal of experience in web development, web marketing and SEO, so I figured I would put my work to good use.

Originally, I wanted to raise just a few hundred bucks and that QUICKLY went over the $300 I was asking for, talk about amazing!

To date, with just over 24 hours since the fundraiser started, we've collected over $800 for Rosie and it's STILL growing!

Rosie wasn't panhandling, she wasn't pulling a "Cheryl", she stayed to herself, sleeping behind the Circle K on Williamson Rd. Shes extremely timid, shy. This is a genuine homeless lady that NEED's help but it too embarrassed or whatever to ask for help.

She reminds me of my grandfather, prideful but would never ask for help from others. Maybe that's a generational thing, I'm always hearing things like "They should want to help themselves if they want to not be homeless". True, but you can still want something without asking for it.

Maybe that's where her life is currently at right now.

You know it really doesn't matter how she got to the point she's in currently, after all you can't change the past, only learn from it and carry yourself upward, hopefully learning from mistakes.

Blessing Bags was happy to provide the GFM for Rosie and we hope that the community continues to help her as she recovers and works on a recovery!

(Quick Update as Of November 10th 2017, we raised a total of $850 for Rosie! With the fees taken out from GFM the total send to Dawn (who is caring for her) is $768.01.)

God Bless~

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags ,but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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