Getting Ready for the Death Talk: First in a Series from Stuart Nicholson

I visited my alma mater recently and found the most wonderful little poster advertising a Death Café. While I had never heard of such a thing before, I know well the general concept.

The Death Cafe is a worldwide movement dedicated to bringing discussion of death into a relaxed environment. The Death Cafe is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. The event seeks to provide a forum for death understanding and death positivity in a less daunting, less facing-your-own-mortality way.

It’s a forum where attendees can ask questions that they may have not only regarding their own death, but the deaths of their parents and perhaps spouses.

It’s no secret that I am fascinated with death. Much of my own writing deals with the subject and how it affects people. In my perpetual search for new information and sources to color and add to my understanding of Death, I happened upon a licensed mortician and funeral director, named Caitlin Doughty, whose mission is to educate everyone about death and funeral practices, but also to answer any questions people have about the process of death and burial.

Caitlin has enlightened me on many areas of the American death culture that I, as I am sure everyone else has, just accepted as part of what happens.

As a delivery driver, I spend a lot of time in my car; and I’ve heard several ads recently encouraging people to sign up for life insurance policies. It occurred to me that the discussion for insurance is a great way to incite the mortality conversation, but there needs to be more going into it than just making sure there is enough money to cover expenses. I am not discrediting the need or importance of life insurance. I just want to present more opportunities for understanding.

The sudden death of a loved one is devastating to the heart and finances. But even with savings and insurance, a family may still be unable to pay the $30,000 funeral costs of a traditional burial. Cremation is a bit cheaper, but not by much; only like $5-10,000.

It is essential that we begin to think about these different topics and decisions regarding death as they may be the solution to the problems that come up around them.

I’m hoping to make a future posting regarding opening the Death Discussion and give further details about modern death practices, such as green burials and death laws that funeral homes may not mention. Perhaps our very own Death Café may pop up here in Richmond…

Read More About Death Cafe Here

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Stuart Nicholson, an actor and fiction writer in Richmond, as well as a member of the Central Virginia Chapter of Writing For Peace.

 

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Resource: Richmond Young Writers!

Looking for something awesome for kids to do? Check out Richmond Young Writers! 

Richmond Young Writers is a creative writing incubator for ages 9-17. We write, we read, we laugh, we cry, we get messy, we polish things up, we bond. We make each other better.

RYW offers once-a-week fall and winter/spring after-school workshops in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, comics, and other topics.

In the summer, we offer 18 different week-long creative writing camps, complete with amazing guest author appearances, snacks, deep thoughts, wordy goodness and a new crew of crazy writer friends.

About

Richmond Young Writers was founded in the summer of 2009 at Chop Suey Books with the intention of introducing young people to the joy of creative writing through workshops taught by professional writers in the community. Our workshops are now held right down the street at 2707 West Cary Street.

Full and partial scholarships are offered in each workshop to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in our programs.

We have had the pleasure of writing with young people ages 8-17 from Richmond, Henrico, Glen Allen, Ashland, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Montpelier, Powhatan, Moseley, Mechanicsville, Afton, Rockville, Gloucester, Charlottesville and more.

Learn More Here

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Compassion for the Four-Legged: A Survey of Virginia No-Kill Shelters from Semein Washington

Our human community is in need of compassion or assistance but, as those who have pets and care for other animals know, we are not the only ones who require attention. Animals who have been placed under human care, largely dogs and cats, often need new homes and the chance to live fulfilled lives. Many shelters do not have the resources or time to care for animals who haven’t found homes and subsequently have to put them to sleep.

One way to counter this cruelty is to do whatever we can to support no-kill shelters.. These institutions are committed to animals living long fulfilled lives and finding a loving home.

The following entries are highly rated by No-Kill Network.org.

AARF of Richmond, Virginia - “AARF is an acronym thatstands for Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation. We are a Richmond, Virginia based, non-profit, all volunteer, non-euthanizing organization founded in June of 1993. Our goal is to rescue orphaned animals and place them in loving homes.”

To volunteer, donate or adopt with Richmond’s AARF: http://www.aarf.org/

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Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County - “The Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County (HS/SPCA) strives to improve animal welfare by providing care and adoption of ‘unwanted’ companion animals through: our ‘no-kill’ adoption center, foster care networks, satellite adoption venues, and Kitten & Puppy Rescue/Transport Programs; by funding veterinary services and education programs; and, by controlling over-population through low-cost Spay-Neuter-Vaccinate and Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Release programs.”

Learn more, volunteer, donate or adopt here: http://www.nelsonspca.org/

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The Animal Aid Society - Hampton, Va. - “The Animal Aid Society is a "No-Kill" dog shelter. The mission of the Society is to provide to and/or for animals, other than Man, shelter, medical aid, care and protection, to act as a placement agency for dogs in good health, and to provide education for the humane care and treatment of dogs, and to attempt to prevent cruelty to dogs. It is a nonprofit organization which receives no funding from state or federal agencies. All of the funds required to maintain the shelter and care for the dogs come from donations and special fund-raising events. Donations to the shelter are tax deductible.

Our dogs are not euthanized. Dogs are kept at the shelter until placed in a home; however, this means that new dogs can only be accepted by the shelter after previous ones have been adopted or permanently placed in foster care. All our dogs are:

  • Examined by a veterinarian.

  • Receive medical care as needed.

  • Current on vaccinations.

  • Spayed or neutered.

  • Regularly walked and exercised.

  • Socialized and Loved.

  • Temperament tested.

  • Microchipped

The Animal Aid Society can be contacted here: http://www.animalaid-va.org/

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Humane Society of Loudoun County (Leesburg) - “The Humane Society of Loudoun County, VA (HSLC) is a no kill, animal welfare organization founded in 1966 to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, feral, and neglected animals from Loudoun County, VA.. Our mission is to provide a second chance for our needy four-legged friends and to work toward a time when all animals have loving homes. By visiting schools, retirement homes, and other public venues, we try to enrich people´s lives with the magic of animals´ unconditional love, and to teach humans the value of proper care and responsibility of beloved pets.

As an organization, we work to influence legislation to protect animal rights. Our efforts helped local officials identify the need for and pass both anti-rodeo and hot car ordinances. Currently we´re communicating with VA state representatives on a bill to provide officials with training on recognizing the link between animal cruelty and child abuse, then breaking that link through education.”

Humane Society of Loudoun County can be contacted here: https://humaneloudoun.org/

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Additional resources and locations for no-kill shelters can be found here

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IMPORTANT RESOURCE: Free Immigration Screening Clinic, Feb 17, 2018, Richmond VA

What does DACA mean to you? The end of TPS for Salvadorans and Haitians? New immigration policies?

Free Immigration Screening Clinic
Saturday, Feb 17, 1-5pm
Sacred Heart Center
1400 Perry St, Richmond VA

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For more information,

call 804-230-4399 or 804-643 -1086

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¿Qué te significa DACA? ¿Nuevas políticas de inmigración? 

Consultas gratis acerca de la inmigración
Sábado, 17 de febrero, 1-5 pm
Sacred Heart Center
1400 Perry St, RIchmond VA



Patrocinado por Legal Aid Justice Center, VICPP Central VA Sanctuary Network, & Sacred Heart

Sponsored by the Legal Aid Justice Center, VICPP Central VA Sanctuary Network, & Sacred Heart Center

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IMPORTANT RESOURCE: Richmond City’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open January 30 – February 1

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Tuesday, January 30 – Thursday, February 1 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace Street) during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter space or if all available beds have been filled, Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter.

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter is located in the City’s Public Safety Building at 505 North 9th Street. The shelter opens each evening at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 10 a.m. Individuals seeking access to the Overflow Shelter must have a referral. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Commonwealth Catholic Charities at (804) 648-4177.

More info here at Richmond2Day

RVA, please share! 

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Volunteers & Donations Needed! Madeline's House Domestic Violence Shelter, Central Virginia

Madeline’s House is a non-profit organization, providing comprehensive services for individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.

We receive and are dependent upon support from local sources: civic groups, religious groups, businesses, private citizens and grants. Income is also generated through various community fundraising events.

Southside Center for Violence Prevention, Inc. was established in 1999 in response to the cries of persons who experience domestic and sexual violence, and their primary need for immediate help and safety by:

  • Providing temporary housing

  • Empowering clients and residents to become survivors

  • Assisting them in regaining control of their lives through a wide range of appropriate services, and

  • Supporting these individuals in ending their experience of violence and homelessness through client advocacy, counseling, and community support systems.

Public awareness is the key to changing long term attitudes about domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA). Finding a safe haven from this abuse is an immediate and life saving concern. Madeline’s House has been established in response to the cry of DV and SA victim’s immediate need for help and safety.

It is our intent to inspire these women and children to become survivors and assist them in regaining control of their lives. In addition to the wide range of services we provide, our goal is to help them restore their self-esteem. Counseling, therapy, and a supportive family environment within the shelter help to rebuild the independence necessary for reentering the community to live a safe and productive new life.

If You Need Help, Call : 1-888-819-2926

 

Learn More About Madeline's House Here

 

How You Can Help

Volunteer Or Donate

 

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Addressing Food Need in Virginia: Where to Find Virginia Food Banks: A Gathering of Resources from Semein Washington

Below you can find a short overview of food banks in the state of Virginia. With our most fundamental needs consistently monetized and the efforts of city councils across the nation to make homelessness illegal, this information is invaluable. We hope to aid, bit by bit, civic efforts toward improving our state’s share of empathy and improved quality of life.

Food Banks listed represent four corners of the state, each with their own unique food needs and access.

Further resources can be found at Feeding America (http://www.feedingamerica.org/) and The Virginia Federation of Foodbanks (http://vafoodbanks.org/ ).

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (http://hrfoodbank.org/): “Established in 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been the leading hunger relief organization across the Greater Peninsula serving the 1 in 7 Virginians who struggle with hunger in the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg, and the Counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York. In order to sustain the ever-growing need, the Foodbank partners with almost 160 member agencies made up of faith based organizations, food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers across our service area for people to turn to in times of need, and together, we have provided over 147 million meals.”

Contact Information: Address - 2401 Aluminum Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661; Phone Number - 757-596-7188; email - info@HRFoodbank.org

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Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore (http://foodbankonline.org/ ):Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. In our mission to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community, the Foodbank has distributed over 331 million pounds of food equating to over 276 million meals throughout our 4,745 square mile service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 18 million pounds of food equating to 15 million meals to the community.”

Contact Information: Main Office and Warehouse: 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23504; T: 757-627-6599 | 877-HUNGERX (877-486-4379); F: 757-627-8588; Eastern Shore Branch, 24530 Coastal Boulevard, Tasley, VA 23441; Mailing Address - P.O. Box 518, Onley, VA 23418; T: 757-787-2557; F: 757-787-7850

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FeedMore (https://feedmore.org/about-us/who-we-are/ ): “FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.”

Contact Information: 1415 Rhoadmiller Street Richmond, VA 23220; Primary Phone: (804) 521.2500; Fax: (804) 521.2501; General Inquiries: info@FeedMore.org; Event Inquiries: events@FeedMore.org; Media Inquiries: media@FeedMore.org

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Blue Ridge Area Foodbank (https://www.brafb.org/): “At the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank we are driven by our core beliefs that hunger is unacceptable; that everyone deserves access to enough food; that food sustains life and nourishes health; and that we are called to serve neighbors in need without judgement.


We were founded in 1981 in Staunton, VA by a 5-member board, including the man who would become the first Executive Director, Phil Grasty. By the end of the first year, the Food Bank distributed 233,000 pounds of food to the hungry through 202 member agencies in 18 counties along the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At that point in time, our work was considered a “major experiment in food banking” because of the rural nature of our service area.

As the need for emergency food assistance grew in other areas of the Blue Ridge region, the Food Bank expanded and relocated to a new facility in Verona, VA, now the headquarters of the organization. Three other branches were established in Charlottesville, Winchester and Lynchburg between 1982 and 1985.”

Contact Information:

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank: 96 Laurel Hill Road, PO Box 937, Verona, VA 24482
Phone: 540-248-3663; Fax: 540-248-6410

Thomas Jefferson Area Branch: 1207 Harris Street Charlottesville, VA 22903-5319
Phone: 434-296-3663; Fax: 434-296-9621

Lynchburg Area Branch: 501 12th Street, Suite B, Lynchburg, VA 24504-2527
Phone: 434-845-4099; Fax: 434-845-6153

Lord Fairfax Area Branch: 1802 Roberts Street Winchester, VA 22604-2342
Phone: 540-665-0770; Fax: 540-722-4217

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Feeding America Southwestern Virginia (https://www.faswva.org/ ): Feeding America Southwest Virginia was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates 36 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships.

The Food Bank is an affiliate member of Feeding America and for the last three decades the Food Bank’s ultimate mission has remained the same: eliminate hunger in the region.

The primary function of the Food Bank is to secure large quantities of food for the hungry. Over $28 million worth of food and grocery related products are channeled through a network of 353 partner feeding programs in our 26-county, 9 city region that provide food or meals to those in need.

Contact Information:

Salem Distribution Center / Administrative Offices: 1025 Electric Road • Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 342-3011

Abingdon Distribution Center: 21452 Gravel Lake Road • Abingdon, VA 24211, Phone: (276) 628-9266 • Fax: (276) 628-3947, Mailing Address: PO Box 2579 • Abingdon, VA 24211

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Colonial Heights Food Pantry (http://www.chfoodpantry.org/ ): “Colonial Heights Food Pantry, Inc. is committed to alleviating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance and preserve human dignity.

In FY2016: Colonial Heights Food Pantry provided 20,964 services to individuals in need. 2,787 Services to Seniors; 8,425 Services to Children; 9,752 Service to Adults; 8,799 USDA client services. Volunteers from the community served over 15,000 hours.”

Contact Information: Call us: 804-520-7117; Fax us: 804-520-7115; Find us: 530 Southpark Blvd, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Please share this information widely, with those who might want to donate or volunteer, and especially with those who might be struggling with food access.

In a state and a country as wealthy as advanced as ours, no one should go hungry.

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RESOURCE: Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Lynchburg

The Free Clinic of Central Virginia envisions a community where everyone has access to quality healthcare services. The mission of the Free Clinic of Central Virginia is to provide high‐quality medical, dental, pharmacy and health education services to those in Central Virginia who do not have the resources to obtain these basic healthcare services. We are able to do our work because of generous volunteers who give of their time to help improve the health of our community.

Contact Info

Free Clinic of Central Virginia, 1016 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

Phone: 434-847-5866 • Fax: 434-528-2529 • E-mail: info@freeclinicva.org

Hours

 Monday, Wednesday and Friday — 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday — 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Closed every afternoon from 1-2 p.m. for lunch.

Become a Patient

Free Clinic of Central Virginia provides expert care with superior treatment results to patients at all points in their care from diagnosis to treatment and ongoing wellness.

Make An Appointment

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Ways You Can Support the Free Clinic of Central Virginia

Volunteer

Volunteers keep the “FREE” in The Free Clinic. Volunteer support keeps costs low, enabling us to provide quality medical, dental and behavioral health care for those who might otherwise go without care. More Here

Donate

Your gift will help provide medical, dental and behavioral health services in our community. Our work is only possible with generous support from those who share our commitment to making health care available to all. Donate Here

 

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RESOURCE: Richmond cafe offers 'Need One, Give One' Coat Rack For Community

From WWBT TV, Channel 12, Richmond VA

"One area cafe is helping to keep people warm with more than just coffee and tea.

There is now a coat rack outside of Brewer's Cafe in Richmond's Manchester neighborhood.

It is called the "Need One, Give One" coat rack, and the concept behind it is simple - if you need a coat, you grab one. If you want to give a coat, hang one up on the rack for someone else...."

".So, if you need a coat, or simply want to donate one, just head to the cafe located at 1125 Bainbridge Street....."

READ THE REST HERE

EVENT: WINTER WARMTH DRIVE--RICHMOND & FARMVILLE--We need your help!

NEEDED: HATS, SCARVES, COATS, GLOVES, BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS

From Project Curator Stuart Nicholson: 

With temperatures reaching as low as 6 degrees in some areas of Central Virginia, businesses are reducing hours or closing, as travelling and faring in the cold is treacherous.

I work food delivery and I can’t count anymore how many people I have seen huddled under piles of blankets at bus stops or under small canopies. With the number of homeless people in the area and even more families unable to heat the homes they have, what kind of message of peace does it send if we just overlook those less-fortunate around us?

True to our principle of Action, Writing For Peace – Central Virginia is hitting the streets and faring the dropping temperatures to announce our Winter Warmth Drive. Throughout January, we will be collecting gently-used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, whatever you have to give make the winter a little more bearable for everyone.

Watch here for more details coming soon regarding drop-off locations in RVA and Farmville, and specific dates.

How much you love your life is what every life is worth! – Brian Yorkey, If/Then; 2013

 

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RESOURCE: Emergency Shelters: Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, Newport News

PLEASE SHARE. 

NO ONE SHOULD BE OUT IN THIS COLD. 

EMERGENCY SHELTER INFORMATION

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VIRGINIA BEACH

Virginia Beach has now opened an overnight shelter for adults experiencing homelessness through the city’s Winter Shelter program.

For information about the Winter Shelter program, contact Pam Shine at (757) 385-5761.

Families with children experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk should call the Regional Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 227-5932 to access the city’s homeless prevention and services system.

READ MORE HERE

Salvation Army Rehabilitation  Center  
5524 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-499-0032
Serves single men. Recover-based program. Work in exchange for room and board. 

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
1053 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-491-2846
Serves single men and women but will take small families. Call for space availability. 

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SUFFOLK

CAPS Night Stay Winter Shelter - Suffolk, VA

Contact information: 326 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434
 PH; 757-276-9126  Website: http://www.capsuffolk.com  Email: nightstay@capsuffolk.org


Pick up is at the Suffolk Seaboard Train Museum, 326 N. Main St. Bus leaves for host church location promptly at 6:30 each evening. The site rotates among host churches on a weekly basis. We are unable to provide services to sex offenders or individuals with alcohol or drugs in their system.

Services: 
Night Stay Program
The Night Stay Program is a rotating night shelter for people experiencing homelessness in the winter months. Churches take turns hosting the program for a week at a time, opening their doors to provide shelter, food, safety and a listening ear to our neighbors.

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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Norfolk/Portsmouth

Union Mission 

Norfolk, VA 23502
(757)627-8686
Our desire is to help all who are in need. We are a
Christian ministry but accept anyone who needs our help.
We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Emergency Shelter for Men, Single Women and
Women with Children
5100 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23502

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Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless - Portsmouth, VA

800 Williamsburg Ave, Suite B, Portsmouth, VA 23704
 PH: 757-399-0200

Primary provider of emergency shelter for single homeless individuals and to move them from dependency to self-sufficiency, through supportive services in cooperation with other organizations in the Portsmouth area.

READ MORE HERE

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HAMPTON

A Night's Welcome(Winter Shelter Program)  

317 Rip Rap Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-850-8956

Residence
757-723-2996
 Rotating shelter sites from November through March. Information on shelter sites and transportation available through the Hampton-Newport News Community Service Board (PATH Homeless Services). No referral needed. Shelter times are from 7 PM to 7 AM. Sleep on mat on floor, meals served, and no shower services. Clients on their own during the day. Must carry items with them. For the schedule, see the A Night's Welcome webpage.

H.E.L.P. House  
317 Rip Rap Road
Hampton, VA 23669
757-850-8956

Residence
757-723-2996
H.E.L.P. is a non-profit organization that ministers to the dignity and needs of the people in the Hampton Roads community by providing assistance in the areas of housing, food, assistance and health and dental care. 

Transitions  
P.O. Box 561
Hampton, VA 23669
Hotline:
757-723-7774
Serves women and women with children that are experiencing domestic violence. Will take homeless women and children if room is available. Referrals made through the hotline. 

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WILLIAMSBURG

Avalon Center for Women and Children
P.O. Box 1079
Williamsburg, VA 23187
757-258-5022

Helpline:
757-258-8051
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NEWPORT NEWS

Menchville House  
P.O. Box 22687
Newport News, VA 23609
757-833-5980
Email

Peninsula Rescue Mission
3700 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA
757-380-6909
Single men only. 

PORT Shelter Program, LINK, Inc. (Winter Shelter Program)  
10413 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA
757-595-1953
Rotating shelter sites from November to April. Information on shelter sites and transportation available through the Hampton-Newport news Community Service Board (PATH Homeless Services). No referral needed. Shelter times are from 7 PM until 7 AM. Sleep on mat on floor, meals served, and no shower services. Clients on their own during the day. Must carry items with them.

 

 

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RESOURCE: Richmond VA Cold Weather Overflow Shelter Open December 29- January 4

PLEASE SHARE. 

 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, DECEMBER 1, 2017 UNTIL APRIL 15, 2018 THE COLD WEATHER OVERFLOW SHELTER HOURS OF OPERATION WILL BE 7 P.M. UNTIL 10 A.M.

The Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be open Wednesday, December 29 – Thursday, January 4th, 2017 as temperatures are forecast to remain at or below 40 degrees.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities (511 W. Grace Street) during operational hours for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Shelter registration is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For individuals who are not eligible for existing shelter space or if all available beds have been filled, Commonwealth Catholic Charities will provide a referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter....."

"City residents are also advised the Department of Social Services provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046.

The elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....."

MORE DETAILS HERE

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RESOURCE: Lynchburg, Danville: Cold Weather Shelters

"The Coordinated Homeless Intake and Access - known as CHIA - helps locals facing homelessness get placed in a shelter with just one phone call to the program coordinator, Megan Wood.

Shelters are not just for those facing homelessness.

Folks who don't have working heat in their homes can also get assistance.

Contact the Salvation Army any time at (434) 845-5939 or call CHIA at (434) 485-7200 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m."

MORE DETAILS HERE

Pleas share. 

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Ways to Help: Volunteer Opportunities from HandsOn Greater Richmond

Ways to Volunteer

"This time of year, we get many calls from volunteers wanting to serve. We love this interest in volunteerism, but know that many of our nonprofit partners aren’t always able to handle the influx of people. The end of the year can be a challenging season for nonprofit workers and it’s important that our partners are able to rest during the holidays too. Going beyond traditional volunteer opportunities, we’ve brainstormed some alternative ways for you to support nonprofits this holiday season:

  • Doing a Secret Santa or other Gift Exchange or hosting a Holiday Party? Ask for or give the gift of charity instead. Tell your coworkers or family you’d like a donation in your name for a favorite cause.
  • Make or buy treats as a thank you for nonprofit staff. Contact your favorite agency that provides a much-needed service and offer to give small gifts to their employees.
  • Help your family or community prepare for a disaster or emergency.
  • Give through your local Community Foundation. Learn about nonprofits and donate at Give Richmond or read about establishing a fund or joining a giving circle.
  • Download the Holiday Giving Guide
  • Answer a Wish List. Ask a nonprofit that serves your favorite cause for a wish list. Purchase items that will support their services year-round. View a list of local organizations you might contact on ConnectVA.

Learn more HERE from HandsOn Greater Richmond

 

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RESOURCE: Diversity Richmond Transmasculine Support Group

Diversity Richmond, a LGBTQ community center, has a new support group for transmasculine people.

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, from 7-8:30pm, at Diversity Richmond (1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA). Come out to meet new people and learn more about issues affecting the community. Must be 18 years or older and transmasculine, no RSVP required.

For more info, visit HERE or  email info@diversityrichmond.org or rdb2348@email.vccs.edu.

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RESOURCE: FACES: Farmville Area Food Bank, Open Saturdays

Struggling With Hunger In Or Near Farmville, Virginia? FACES Can Help. 

FACES, the Farmville Area Community Emergency Services,  distributes food weekly to over 900 households and over 1300 individuals. Distributions are carried out every Saturday from 8 AM to 10:30 AM from our warehouse at 314 North South Street, Farmville, Virginia.  Clients must meet and provide proof of income for all household members. Income requirements are based upon 150% of the USDA poverty level. 

 

RECEIVE FOOD

FACES distributions are carried out every Saturday from 8:00AM–10:30 AM from our warehouse at 416 North South Street, Farmville, Virginia. Registration, including documentation of residence and financial need, is required and can be done on site.

 VOLUNTEER

FACES is an all-volunteer organization. We warmly welcome all who can help. Our major need for volunteers is on Thursday morning 9:00AM–12:00PM to receive and sort food; Thursday afternoon from 4:30-6 for bagging, and Saturday 8:00AM–10:30AM for distributions.

DONATE

FACES is entirely dependent on donations from the public. We welcome donations of both food and money. Because we can purchase surplus food for 19 cents a pound, cash contributions purchase 5 to 10 times what they would at a retail store. 

 

 

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