In February of 2019, CRI purchased an 84-acre camp in Blue Ridge, VA. formerly known as “Camp Jaycee.” Thanks to our donors, the property now serves as our headquarters for our global relief operations.
This 21-structure facility enables us to run year-round training events, run schools as well as host retreats, and conferences. The CRI Base serves as a staging area for our response gear and relief resources and our administrative offices.
Come and visit us! We invite you to attend an event or volunteer at the camp or perhaps even join our staff. We offer on-site housing as well as RV/Camper parking. Look below for a few ways you can get involved!
- Multipurpose dining/meeting hall for 150 people.
- Full commercial kitchen, walk-in cooler, and freezers.
- Eight dorm style cabins that can house a minimum of 16 guests each.
- A prayer chapel
- Classroom space.
- A horse barn, farm, and livestock area.
- A 60,000 gallon Olympic swimming pool.
- Bonfire area.
- A covered pavilion that can seat 100+.
- Basketball & volleyball court
- Horseshoes pits
- Maintenance shop & several accessory buildings.
- Large pond with a dock and covered pavilion.
- Paddleboats & fishing
- Large wooded areas and extensive hiking trails
- Property adjoins Jefferson National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mts.
- Right off the famous and historic Blue Ridge Parkway.
- Minutes to the Appalachian Trail.
- RV Hook-ups, camping & bathhouse with showers.
Mission Allies & CRI Staff:
You can serve with us short-term or as staff on service projects like farming, hospitality, cooking, landscaping, groundskeeper, admin, event coordination, teaching, deployment, relief operations, and much more at our 85-acre headquarters Virginia.
Anyone with a heart to serve can become an “Ally” for up to 30 days. Beyond that, we ask that individuals apply as staff. To become CRI Staff, we ask that all participate and complete an ARC School. (Some exceptions may be made)
You do not have to be a CRI trained responder to serve as a Mission Ally. However, background checks are required for all participants. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or parent.
What’s the CRI Base like?
We are a community of various ages and giftings, living and working on a fully functioning mission and farm. Think of it as a missional community focused on training and sending to the harvest field of crisis.
We gather for meals corporately and meet daily for prayer and worship. We operate in different roles daily to run the base, our relief operations, and the farm. Some evenings have scheduled base events.
We are in a rural mountain area, and there are many trails nearby if you enjoy the outdoors. The city of Roanoke is just 30 minutes away. We spend a lot of time together but always encourage each other to find a church to visit or go make friends off-base and be involved in the community.
We would love to have you on our team For stays beyond 30 days; please consider applying as CRI Staff.
What does it cost?
Accommodations are in shared modern, men’s or women’s cabins and have nice bathrooms. On-site RV/Camper parking and hook-up is available with an on-site dump station. We have limited couples cabin accommodations until more renovations are done. A $15 background check will be done for all volunteers. Prices include meals, utilities, and wifi.
Overnight Guests (non-volunteers):
$18 per night: Shared Cabin
$12 per night: RV/Camper
Mission Allies (volunteers-up to 30 days):
$15 per night: Shared Cabin
$10 per night: RV/Camper
$425 monthly: Staff House 1 & 2
$350 monthly: Shared Cabins
$250 monthly: RV/Camper
We would love to offer you to stay for free, but unfortunately, we cannot use funds designated for disaster relief to cover the expense of volunteer meals, electricity, water wifi, etc. Regarding staff, our heart is to offer an affordable, all-inclusive place to live so they can labor full-time as Crisis Missionaries.
So I want to be a part of building and serving but I am unable to travel to the base…
Consider supporting other Mission Allies who are able to travel and serve but may be unable to afford the cost while on base. In addition, there are many needs that you could sow into that would provide the necessary resources to finish projects. For more information please email email@example.com.