Our Story 

Straight Street Roanoke Valley is a faith based nonprofit that has served vulnerable youth in the Roanoke area since 1994. The ministry provides teens with a positive Christian environment to experience faith, fun, help, and hope. In 2013, law enforcement educated Straight Street about the prevalence of sex trafficking in our area. After learning about the immediate need for services for juvenile victims and survivors in Virginia, Straight Street was moved to prayer and action. 

To meet the need, Straight Street founded Street Ransom as an extension of the ministry in 2014. Our mission is to empower the lives of those vulnerable to and affected by sexual exploitation. We do this through bringing awareness to the public about the issue and providing support to victims and survivors. 

In 2016, Street Ransom purchased a property to develop Virginia’s only residential program for juvenile survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking. From the very beginning, Street Ransom has been mentored by Wellspring Living, a leading anti-trafficking organization in our nation for residential care. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Wellspring Living provides specialized recovery services to domestic sex trafficking victims and those at-risk.

As we make progress towards opening our residential program, Street Ransom continues to provide trainings to professionals and the community, prevention education to youth, and wraparound services to victims and survivors.

Our Vision

A society freed from the impact of sexual exploitation.

Our Why

We believe that everyone is worthy of the healing and hope of Jesus

Why Street Ransom?

We chose the name “Street Ransom” to portray that Jesus is the one who saves. In and of ourselves, we are not rescuers.

The verb ransom means “to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price.” God’s heart for the vulnerable and oppressed is shown throughout Scripture and ultimately through his Son’s death on the cross. Jesus’ mission here on earth is reflected in Matthew 20:28, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are compelled by His love to serve those in need and share of the healing and hope found in Him.

While our program is faith-based, we do not discriminate who we serve. We offer services to anyone who meets our program criteria regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religious views, belief system, or background.

Our Team

We are a small but mighty team. Meet the people on the front lines and behind the scene.

Keith Farmer, MBA

Keith Farmer, MBA

Founder & Director

Straight Street & Street Ransom

Kathleen Arnold, MSW

Kathleen Arnold, MSW

Program Coordinator

Street Ransom

Rebekah Marquez

Rebekah Marquez

Communications Coordinator

Street Ransom

Lena Wright

Fundraising Events Coordinator

Street Ransom

Derek Gordon

Outreach & Team Pastor

Street Ransom

Board of Directors:

Keith Farmer, Chair
William Dixon, Treasurer
Linda Gooding, Secretary
Malcolm Taylor
Joe Gaither

Street Ransom Advisory Committee:

Jay Gaylor
Chasity Fitzpatrick
Amy Morgan
Jim O’Hare
Malora Horn
Melissa Ratcliff Harper
April McCadden
Tanya Gould-Street