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CCS Leadership Announcement: Daniel W. Merenda to retire as President of Council of Community Services; Anne Marie Green named as successor

DANIEL W. MERENDA TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY SERVICES; ANNE MARIE GREEN NAMED AS SUCCESSOR ROANOKE, June 10, 2019 – Council of Community Services has announced that Daniel W. Merenda will retire as President and that the Board of Directors has appointed Anne Marie Green to succeed…...

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Festival Season! 7 Ways to Support the Council of Community Services

It’s #FestivalSzn and we are once again partnering with Big Lick Entertainment to bring our community premium entertainment events! Join us May – October for Flat Pickin’ Fridays, Big Lick Burger Fest & Summer Jam, and BOCO BBQ and Country Fest. We’ll kick-off our Fifth Annual Bank of Botetourt Summer…...

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Roanoke Regional Housing Network Now Accepting Affordable Housing Advocacy Award Nominations

Do you know an affordable housing hero? Nominate them for the Roanoke Regional Housing Network’s Affordable Housing Advocacy Award! Decent, affordable and accessible housing is the right of every citizen and is critical to the economic health and development of our region. To further its mission to encourage proactive involvement…...

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RAM House joins the Blue Ridge Community Assistance Network

We are excited to announce Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) is now part of the Blue Ridge Community Assistance Network (BR-CAN). With this addition, the BR-CAN now includes all homeless shelter and service providers in the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care service area. The BR-CAN is more commonly known as the…...

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Council of Community Services’ HandsOn Blue Ridge Celebrates the Life and Legacy of President George H.W. Bush

Today, we join millions across the country and around the world in celebrating the life and legacy of President H.W. Bush, founder of Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. As a member of the Points of Light Network, HandsOn Blue Ridge is proud to…...

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Roanoke city leaders remain at odds over possible needle exchange program (and why we’re still hopeful)

On Monday members of the collective response team presented to City Council on comprehensive harm reduction services. The presentation included many subject matter experts including Dr. Stephanie Harper, Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts; Pam Meador, Council of Community Services’ Drop-In Center; Dr. Cheri Hartman, Carilion Clinic and Roanoke Valley…...

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We’re Celebrating 58 Years of Service!

On Monday, November 12, 2018, we celebrated 58 years of service at our annual meeting. Our 58th annual meeting was a private, intimate event where staff and board members gathered to celebrate the year’s accomplishments. As in years past, our focus in 2017-2018 was centered on outcomes that improve the…...

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Veteran Homelessness Declines by Nearly Half

In a press release last week, the Trump Administration announced veteran homelessness in the U.S. continues to decline; the number of homeless veterans dropped 5.4 percent last year and by nearly half since 2010. “The reduction in homelessness among veterans announced [today] shows that the strategies we are using to…...

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Rumor has it!

On my desk was a printed and highlighted copy of The Roanoke Times article, “Looking Back: News items from The Roanoke Times & World-News from 25, 50 and 100 years ago” and sure enough we were featured in the 50 year flashback! On August 13, 1968: “Plans were announced Monday…...

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Condoms are not meant to be reused and we have them for FREE!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tweeted on its sexually transmitted disease account (@CDC STD) that condoms are for single use. Our local news station, WSLS 10 shared the The Associated Press report. While at first the thought of reusing a condom seems laughable, it’s actually frightening. The misinformation,…...

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