I was in Roanoke to visit The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, one of the organizations that the foundation I work for funds. The Mission is a vibrant and dynamic organization that serves a tremendous need in the Roanoke Valley. There, homeless individuals and families can find shelter, warm meals, and numerous programs to help get them back on their feet. To help fund its operations the Mission runs two thrift stores, a great little restaurant called 2nd Helpings, and an Art Gallery. During the visit I found two treasures I couldn't pass up; a needle work dated 1946 and a vintage apron that appears to be homemade.
If you find yourself in Roanoke or driving through the area, a stop at the Mission stores is a must. If you are interested in learning more about the Mission and the amazing work they do click here.
From Roanoke I headed east to Charlottesville for a day long staff retreat. I stayed with friends of a coworker the night before the retreat in a little town just outside of Charlottesville. Our gracious hosts are the owners of a home that used to be a general store. The house is more than 200 years old and still has many of the original doors and windows. The morning before our staff retreat I wandered around the grounds with my camera.
The staff retreat took place at the home of a co-worker. Her home and the grounds surrounding it, all designed by her husband, are beautiful. In addition to a huge vegetable garden, she also has a pond and creek on her property. Needless to say it was the prefect setting to relax and recharge.
I never thought country living would be for me, I think I was wrong.