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Virginia’s first needle exchange could open this year, as localities seek support for the programs

Our program, The Drop-In Center is leading this effort in the Roanoke Valley! The needle exchange program will not only benefit and empower intravenous drug users but also work to protect our community from the spread of infectious diseases – in particular, Hepatitis C. Roanoke Times, April 25, 2018 By Amy Friedenberger…...

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Together, we did!

THANK YOU for your generous donation through the Roanoke Valley Gives Campaign! YOU helped us raise over $3,500 in 24-hours! A goal that we didn’t meet last year, but we believed that with a little more effort and your support we could this year. And guess what? TOGETHER, WE DID!  We set…...

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10th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event, “A Walk in Their Shoes”

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Amanda Holcomb (540) 985-0131, ext. 503 amandah@councilofcommunityservices.org For Immediate Release The Family Violence Coordinating Council to Host 10th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event, “A Walk in Their Shoes” ROANOKE, VA (October 2, 2017) – The Family Violence Coordinating (FVCC), a standing committee of the Council of Community…...

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Blue Ridge CoC Symposium Sponsor Spotlight: VHDA

As we all know, Virginia’s housing needs are significant, especially for supportive and affordable housing. However, through careful planning, strong partnerships, and perseverance, the Virginia Housing Development Authority is making positive impacts for Virginia’s most vulnerable population — those experiencing homelessness. The Commonwealth is a leader in addressing homelessness, anchored…...

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Blue Ridge Homeless Reports Featured in National Publication

The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care, the local planning body responsible for coordinating the full range of homeless services in Roanoke, Salem, and Covington, was featured in The National Homeless Information Project’s newsletter. The NHIP is a grassroots effort to increase sharing and understanding of homeless services data in order…...

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Summer Resources with 2-1-1 VIRGINIA

Schools are out and summer is in session. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA is here year-round to connect you with FREE information on available community services. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with FREE information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation…...

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Roanoke Region Receives More than $800,000 to Support Efforts in Reducing Homelessness

The Blue Ridge Continuum of Care, the region’s planning body for homeless services, has been awarded $835,191 to support its coordinated effort in reducing homelessness in the region. This funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funds seven projects being implemented through three organizations: the…...

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Emergency Department Visits for Unintentional Drug and Heroin Overdoses among Virginia Residents, January 2015 – August 2016

Virginia Department of Health | Enhanced Surveillance Monthly Report Emergency Department Visits for Unintentional Drug and Heroin Overdoses among Virginia Residents, January 2015 – August 2016 Report Generated: September 9, 2016 Chief complaints and discharge diagnoses of emergency department (ED) visits are analyzed to characterize the burden of unintentional drug and…...

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Homelessness in the Roanoke Region is on a Decline for the Fourth Consecutive Year

The Roanoke Region’s 2016 Winter Point-in-Time Report Homelessness in the Roanoke Region is on a Decline for the Fourth Consecutive Year The Point-in-Time Count is used to estimate the number of homeless individuals (sheltered and unsheltered) on one night in the Roanoke Region and gather information on their demographic characteristics.…...

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