We are open every night June 1st through April 30 from 9:00 PM to 8:00 AM for anyone that is homeless and needs a place to rest. You MUST arrive between 9:00 PM and 10:00 PM. We will not be letting anyone in after that. Chairs are available to sleep in and blankets and pillows are provided. Our rules and guidelines are listed below.
You must be courteous and treat everyone with respect
Do not bring weapons, alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia into The Mission or onto the property.
There will be no violence towards anyone. Do not get into arguments with other patrons, staff, or volunteers. Do not hit or touch anyone. Do not take or destroy anyone's belongings. abusive language, including ethnic or sexual slurs, swearing, or making fun of in a demeaning way, is not allowed.
Sexual harassment will not be tolerated and there will be no sexual activity of any kind on the premises.
After the doors have been locked, patrons may not open doors for anyone.
The smoking area is located in the rear of the building, under the carport. Smoking in front of the entrance is not allowed.
Drinking alcoholic beverages or using illegal drugs on The Mission property is not allowed.
Violations of Expected Behavior
If you break the rules of The Rolla Mission, you may receive a verbal warning, a written warning, a suspension for a period of time, or may be barred permanently from The Rolla Mission. Consequences of violations will be enforced at the discretion of The Rolla Mission Staff.
The expected behaviors listed here are not all inclusive. Other unacceptable behaviors not listed here may also result in disciplinary action. A copy of the discipline policy is available upon request.
The Rolla Mission Board of Directors and Executive Director reserve the right to modify, alter, or delete policies. Advance notice to patrons will not be necessary, and all decisions regarding Mission policies will be final.
Patrons may request a meeting with the Executive Director to discuss any disciplinary action.
It can seem daunting to volunteer overnight. We want to ensure that you're safe and comfortable. Overnight Volunteers have their own separate space. This room includes a fully furnished bed, and a computer with security cameras for you to view what's going on throughout the night.
Here's what a typical night looks like as on overnight volunteer:
9:00 pm - Open up The Mission. As people are heading in, bring out blankets and pillows to the patrons. Hang out in the front and have a chat with some of the people.
10:00 pm - Lock up the doors for the night. Anyone can leave at this point, but no one is allowed in. Head back to the separate room and sleep. You should wake up every now and then to see whats going on. You may need to intervene in the case of an emergency or conflict. But for the most part, everyone should be asleep.
7:00 am - Wake everyone. Bring the blankets and pillows to the back.
8:00 am - Overnight stay becomes our regular day hours.
It's that simple! If you're interested in overnight volunteering, please fill out a Volunteer Application or contact us!