Important Read! "Colleges Are No Match for American Poverty Amarillo College, in Texas, is working hard to accommodate low-income students—but it can only do so much." from The Atlantic

"....A 2017 surveyfound that 42 percent of community-college students nationally experienced food insecurity within the past month—which could mean missing meals altogether or not being able to afford balanced meals—while 12 percent were considered homeless at some point in the previous year...."

"....What separates Amarillo College from most of its peers is not any particular program, but how much it focuses on addressing the effects of poverty. The school and Lowery-Hart are being watched by college leaders all over the country, because finding realistic solutions for student poverty could be transformative for the U.S. higher-education system...."

Read the full article here

Last Day of Our Winter Warmth Drive! Please Donate!

So cold outside, and folks in our community still need your help. 

Our Winter Warmth Drive ends today! 

Still Needed: 
New or gently used coats (especially for kids), hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags

Bring your donations to one of the following collection locations:

In Farmville:
Grainger 112, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville VA 23909
or
Real Living Cornerstone Realty, 238 North Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901

In Richmond:
Tarrant’s Café, 1 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
or
Tricycle Gardens, 2314 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, VA 23223

Please share widely. Thanks!

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WINTER WARMTH DRIVE CONTINUES! Donations Needed in Central Virginia

They're calling for snow in Central Virginia again this week. The cold's going to last for a while. And your community needs your help. 

We'll be collecting until February 5th!

Still Needed: 

New or gently used coats (especially for kids)

Hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags

From January 22nd to February 5th, bring your donations to one of the following collection locations:

In Farmville:
Grainger 112, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville VA 23909
or
Real Living Cornerstone Realty, 238 North Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901

In Richmond:
Tarrant’s Café, 1 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
or
Tricycle Gardens, 2314 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, VA 23223

Please share widely. Thanks!

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Fighting Addiction in Hampton Roads: Where to Go for Recovery by Chad MacDonald

Opioid and heroin deaths have been rising for the past two years.Since 2015, Hampton Roads has seen a nine-percent overdose increase, a trend that doesn’t seem to be settling in the latter end of 2017. 850 such deaths happen annually now, with Portsmouth carrying the brunt of the load. Newport News itself has had an increase with homelessness, and an industrial explosion in drug abuse, following the April shipyard layoff. It’s no surprise that drug abuse, and homelessness piggy back off each other in a collapsing military industrial economy.

As recently as last Christmas, drug dealer Terry Glen Williams was busted by DEA agents in Newport News for maintaining prostitutes’ heroin addictions, using them to expand his business to other clientele, and prolonging their addictions to keep them as a commodity. If you live in the 757, none of this is shocking or new.

These daunting economic circumstances and rising deaths create a grim and bitter outcome for anyone coastal trying to overcome these hardships.

 

But there is hope, and there are opportunities.

 

Where to Find Help with Addiction in Tidewater Virginia

Better Substance Abuse Rehab

BSAR is willing to give free consultation, and a step by step walkthrough for a sit down intervention. Interventions, in no way, shape, or form, the same as rehabilitation. It’s not even the first step towards recovery; it is however opening a gateway to a loved one in need, and reminding them that they are part of a concerned community that loves them enough to sit them down in the first place. Environments stimulate addiction more so than the actual chemicals themselves. Sometimes, a reminder to someone that they’re surrounded by people that can be trusted and reached out to, can change a life or death situation. BSAR can consult and walkthrough a proper intervention with concerned friends and family members.

Phone: (757) 216-1595

Site: http://addictionrehabhamptonva.com/substance-abuse-intervention/

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Right Path: Recover Your Future

Right Path understands addictions from an addict’s perspective, blatantly stating that addiction is not a choice, but a disease to be dealt with. A series of environmental factors in need of changing. Right Path also accepts VA Medicare, making them a more accessible program for those financially suffering in the economic environment that contributed towards their addiction. VA Medicare, in most cases, will cover the entirety of the recovery process, ranging from meeting with a counselor, to the medication itself. There is no shame in financial help along the way.

Phone: (Accessed through local Department of Social Services)

Norfolk: (757) 664-6000

Virginia Beach: (757) 385-3200

Chesapeake: (757) 382-2000

Suffolk: (757) 514-7450

Richmond: (804) 646-7000

Newport News: (757) 926-6300

Hampton: (757) 727-1800

Site: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/medical_assistance/index.cgi

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The Healing Place of Hampton Roads

The Healing Place is a non-profit, non-medical recovery and rehabilitation district for the homeless, with a twelve step program that leads into permanent housing. They are a product of the 2009 Hampton Roads Regional Task Force To End Homelessness. The Place has received multiple accolades for the programs it runs, including Model that Works by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. They also have a volunteer program for those that are looking to make a positive impact on their community, and do their part to end the epidemic. The entirety of this process is free for those signing themselves up for it.

Phone: 757- 217-0408

Site: http://www.thehealingplacehr.org/get-involved/

The issue that permeates Hampton Roads is not the economic conditions that create homelessness. It’s not the homelessness that creates addiction; it’s the apathy and loathsome reaction that 757ers have towards those less privileged.

If at least a tenth of our community could actively care about those starving and freezing in the streets, recovery rates would skyrocket, the rising tide of overdoses could possibly be overturned.

Until this happens, volunteer, donate, share, and let someone in need know that they’re loved. They could be one less body, one less death. 

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Chad MacDonald, a member of the Central Virginia Chapter of Writing for Peace, is currently a student of West Virginia Wesleyan's MFA program. He graduated from Longwood University with a degree in English/Creative Writing, and is a contributor to 5 to 1 Magazine, Calamus Press, and Word Gatherings. 

 

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Winter Warmth Drive Begins Today! In Farmville & Richmond! Donations Needed!

We have at least a couple more months of cold weather, and our communities need our help.

Needed: New or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags

From January 22nd to February 5th, bring your donations to one of the following collection locations:

In Farmville:
Grainger 112, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville VA 23909

or

Real Living Cornerstone Realty,  238 North Main Street, Farmville, VA 23901

In Richmond:

Tarrant’s Café, 1 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

or

Tricycle Gardens, 2314 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, VA 23223

Please share widely. Thanks! 

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Winter Warmth Drive! Donations Needed in Richmond VA

Heads Up, #RVA!, Richmond area peeps!, please share!

Our Winter Warmth Drive is what we're calling a mirror event, with the Central Virginia Chapter of Writing for Peace organizing similar projects across our home region.

Coats, Hats, Gloves, Socks, Blankets, Sleeping Bags!

We'll be collecting these much needed items from January 22, 2018-February 5, 2018.

Thanks to the generous and compassionate people of RVA Hospitality and Tricycle Gardens, we are collecting warm clothing and winter gear to help our homeless and in-need community members get through this snow and cold weather with a bit more comfort.

From January 22nd to February 5th, bring your donations to one of our two collection locations:

Tarrant’s Café
1 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220

Tricycle Gardens
2314 Jefferson Ave.
Richmond, VA 23223

All collected items will be distributed to local in-need families and homeless community members.

Please bring any items you can to one of the collection locations and encourage your friends and family to do so as well.

We can all make a difference.

If you have any questions, please email wfpcentralvirginia.org

NO ONE SHOULD DIE FROM THE COLD.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: HomewardVA, Serving Richmond's Homeless People, Needs Volunteers for Their January Point-In-Time Count

Homeward is the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region, and they need your help! 

January Point-In-Time Count in RVA

"Understanding what regional data says about individuals and families experiencing homelessness is critical in building an effective community-wide response. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities to conduct periodic counts of people experiencing homelessness. This data is compiled both locally and nationally to inform programs, planning, and funding. Homeward has coordinated Greater Richmond's Point-in-Time (PIT) count since 1999, and since 2007, has conducted both a summer and a winter count to better understand the changing nature of homelessness over time."

VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2018 WINTER PIT

Our volunteers will survey individuals:

  • at emergency shelters on January 24th

  • in early AM and afternoon street outreach on Jan. 25

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church's lunch program on Jan. 25

  • First Baptist Church's dinner program on Jan. 25

  • In PM street outreach on Jan. 25

Training sessions will be held in advance. 

or

DONATE

At the event, we will offer those experiencing homelessness care packages which contain lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs, brushes, socks, scarves and hats. 

MORE DETAILS ON THE POINT-IN-TIME COUNT HERE

 

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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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RESOURCE: VIRGINIA HOMELESS SHELTERS AND SOCIAL SERVICES

List of Virginia Shelters

Many are emergency shelters along with general homeless shelters and some transitional housing opportunities. As a note, many of these shelters now have waiting lists. Please call before going to them. Many waiting lists are very long.

Please pass on. 

 

 

Homelessness Is On the Rise in Central Virginia: Veterans, Families, Persons With Disabilities, & Students

"Since 2011, homelessness has increased by 65 percent."

Sarah Quarantotto heads Central Virginia's Homelessness Response System. She says with the amount of resources available, homelessness can seem hidden....

“The services are kind of tucked away, we don't really have a great sense that there are individuals in our community experiencing homelessness on every single night of the year,” said Quarantotto.

Who is actually behind the shelter doors? The numbers include 9 percent veterans, 23 percent families, and 37 percent people with disabilities. But leaders say it can be anyone living in poverty who experiences a crisis....."

READ MORE HERE

Virginia Has Almost 18,000 Homeless Students Statewide

This snapshot is part of a series analyzing student homelessness in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Visit The Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness for more information.

  • In the 2014-15 school year, Virginia had 1,280,381 students enrolled in 132 local education agencies (school districts).1

  • That year, there were 17,876 homeless students in the state, making up 1.4% of total enrollment.2

  • Virginia had the 23rd highest number of homeless students and the 42nd highest rate of student homelessness in the U.S.

  • School districts with the highest rates of student homelessness were Colonial Beach Public Schools (21%) and Northampton County Public Schools (17%), 15 times and 12 times the statewide rate, respectively...."

Read More About Students & Homelessness HERE

Read About Veterans & Homelessness HERE

 

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