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Getting to Zero! Roanoke Valley Reaches Goal to End Veteran Homelessness

It all started with a challenge. Mayors David Bower of Roanoke and Randy Foley of Salem took on the first lady Michelle Obama’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. Since October 2014, the Council of Community Services and its partners in the initiative – City of Roanoke, Trust House, Salem…...

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The Profit in Nonprofits

The profit in nonprofits Roanoke Business November 2015 Dan Merenda (President) and the Council of Community Services were featured in the latest publication of Roanoke Business. The article, The profit in nonprofits highlights the contribution that local nonprofits make to the economy and the region. Click here to access the…...

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Celebrating 55 Years of Improving the Quality of Life in Our Communities!

The Council of Community Services was established in 1960 as a result of the efforts of over 70 community organizations who saw a need for comprehensive planning in the Roanoke Valley. Fifty-five years later, the council is a well-recognized leader in the community for organizations and individuals in the human…...

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Drop-In Center featured in Our Health Magazine

Council of Community Services’ Drop-In Center was featured in the December 2014 – January 2015 Our Health Magazine. The article is a “must read”! The article is part of a series from Our Health Magazine, the series explores disease that are not only devastating but also under discussed. The December-January…...

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Community Housing Resource Center Awarded Certification for Rapid Re-Housing

On September 23, 2014, the Council of Community Services’ Community Housing Resource Center was awarded certification for rapid re-housing. The CHRC is now one of six Virginia organizations to have met the certification standards for the rapid re-housing program. The certification lasts for a period of 3 years. Rapid re-housing is…...

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The Results Are In! 16.5% Decrease in Homelessness in the Roanoke Region

On January 30, 2014, 50 volunteers and homeless service providers took to the shelters and the streets to conduct the Roanoke Region’s 2014 Point-in-Time Count. The Roanoke Region’s Point-in-Time Count provides a count of sheltered and unsheltered persons in our region. The Count is required annually in each jurisdiction nationwide.…...

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2013 Governor’s Housing Conference & Virginia Housing Awards

The 2013 Governor’s Housing Conference took place November 20-22, 2013 at the Marriot Norfolk Waterside in Norfolk, Virginia. The Council of Community Services’ President, Dan Merenda and the Community Housing Resource Center’s Director, Matt Crookshank attended. At the conference, Dan and Matt had the opportunity to hear from national housing…...

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The Council of Community Services and partners pledge to house 28 homeless families in 100 days

28 Homes in 100 Days As part of a state-wide Rapid Re-Housing Challenge, the Council of Community Services’ Community Housing Resource Center (CHRC) announced today that they will house 28 homeless families in the Roanoke region in the next 100 days. The Council and its partners – the City of…...

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The Council of Community Services Celebrates 53 Years!

On Monday, November 11, 2013, the Council of Community Services’ staff and Board of Directors celebrated their 53rd Anniversary. Don’t worry you didn’t miss the invitation! This year we chose to celebrate on a much smaller scale with only Council staff and Board. The event took place at Carlos Restaurant.…...

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Community Housing Resource Center Nominated for 2013 Virginia Housing Award

Community Housing Resource Center Nominated for 2013 Virginia Housing Award We are beyond excited to share the following news! The Council of Community Services’ Community Housing Resource Center has been nominated for the 2013 Virginia Housing Awards. The awards won’t be announced until late November at the 2013 Governor’s Housing…...

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