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Opelika City Council Partners with Valley Rescue Mission to Address Homelessness and Addiction

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Opelika, AL - Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and the Opelika City Council have announced a groundbreaking partnership with Valley Rescue Mission Inc. (VRM) of Columbus, Georgia, to provide shelter and support services for homeless individuals in the city. The agreement was officially approved during the city council meeting on July 11, 2023.

With a strong commitment to transition individuals into permanent housing and employment, this partnership represents a significant step forward in addressing the challenges faced by the homeless population in Opelika. Mayor Gary Fuller expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, "We have been diligently working on a solution for homelessness in our city, and through our partnership with Valley Rescue Mission, we are able to provide crucial support to those in need. This collaboration exemplifies the power of public-private partnerships in making a positive impact in our community.”

The City of Opelika recognizes the valuable contribution of Valley Rescue Mission and has designated it as a shelter for homeless individuals and those struggling with addiction. The city will arrange transportation for willing individuals to VRM facilities in Columbus, and every effort will be made to find the most suitable program for each person's needs.

Mike Gaymon, CEO and President of Valley Rescue Mission, expressed his gratitude for the collaboration, saying, "The Valley Rescue Mission is proud to partner with the city of Opelika in addressing homelessness and addiction issues among its citizens. This agreement reflects the caring attitudes and compassion of Opelika's elected officials towards those in need.”

Valley Rescue Mission's programs have a long-standing record of success concerning homelessness, addictions and other services to the needy. Last year alone, the center served over 129,600 meals, distributed 14,136 grocery food bags, and provided 43,000 nights of lodging.

For more information on Valley Rescue Mission and their programs, please visit their website or contact Josh Becker at or 706-575-2429.

About Valley Rescue Mission:

Established in 1963, Valley Rescue Mission is a Christ based, nonprofit organization serving the homeless and those struggling with addiction in the Chattahoochee Valley area. Their programs aim to provide physical, spiritual, and material support to individuals, empowering them to rebuild their lives and become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

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