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

Winter Warmth Drive Extended Until Friday, February 9, 2018 in Farmville, VA!

Thanks to the generosity of the Farmville community, and of Navona Hart and her staff at Real Living Cornerstone Realty, we're extending the collection for the Winter Warmth Drive!

We'll continue collecting until noon Friday, February 9, 2018.

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:


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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GOOD READ: "The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal" by Gwynn Guilford

"Central Appalachia’s problems stem from its distinctive history. But the pattern of its struggles is not unique. Across America, obscure clusters of misery are growing in number and concentration—as people get sicker, poorer, and more isolated than they were just a few decades ago. Thus untangling the knotty problems of central Appalachia holds lessons for the rest of the country about how imbalances of wealth and power, created generations ago, can trap places and their people in the past....."

READ THE REST HERE

 

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