Category Archives: COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Domestic Violence Resources & Support

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “in America, one women is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse, or dating partner every 14 hours”.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse”.

To learn more about domestic violence, go to their websites at http://www.ncadv.org/ and http://nnedv.org/.

If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, read below to learn about many victim supports and resources in our area.

City & County Domestic Violence Resources

Alexandria City                                 https://www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence                                           Arlington County                                     https://health.arlingtonva.us/behavioral-healthcare-archived/domestic-violence/                                                                           Fairfax County  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence/dvac/                             Falls Church City http://www.fallschurchva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1365                 Loudoun County                                           https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=256                                             Prince William County http://www.pwcgov.org/government/courts/cjs/pages/links-to-domestic-violence-resources.aspx

Shelters Serving Domestic Violence Victims

A Way Forward – Fairfax County            http://www.awayforward.org/                                                                                  ACTS – Prince William, Manassas City, & Manassas Park  https://www.actspwc.org/get-help/domestic-violence                                                                                                                                    Bethany House – DMV                                                               http://www.bhnv.org/                                                                                                     Doorways for Women & Children – Arlington https://www.doorwaysva.org/get-help/domestic-violence-resources/                                                                                                                               Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – Loudoun      http://www.lcsj.org/                                                                                                         Shelter House – Fairfax County   http://www.shelterhouse.org/programs/

Legal Assistance

Northern Virginia Legal Services – NV                       http://www.lsnv.org/                                                                                                         Tahirih Justice Center – DMV                           http://www.tahirih.org/get-help/

Other Nonprofit Assistance

Northern Virginia Family Services – NV                                                 Physical & Mental Health Services                           http://www.nvfs.org/assistance/domestic-violence/

The Women’s Center – Fairfax County & DC                              Counseling, Advocacy, & Support Group http://thewomenscenter.org/counseling/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-services/

National Hotline

National Domestic Violence Hotline                     http://www.thehotline.org/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you would like to participate in the fight to end domestic violence, learn what you can do here to volunteer, advocate, donate, and more http://nnedv.org/getinvolved.html 

Mental Wellness Resources in Northern Virginia

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed with juggling college, parenting, and employment?

If you answered yes, you’re not alone!!! According to  the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year, and about half of community college students surveyed reported mental health problems.

The good news is there are lots of free and low-cost mental wellness supports in our community. Check out the list below to find the help you need, or advocate for a friend or family member you feel  could use the support.

Making a call  or sending an email is the first step to feeling better. You cannot take care of others if you do not care for yourself first!

Local Providers                                                                                                    Greater Prince William Community Health Center – http://gpwhealthcenter.org/                                                                                        Loudoun Mental Health Centers – https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspxnid=1408                                                 HealthWorks for Northern Virginia (Behavior Health) – http://hwnova.org/                                                                                                            Neighborhood Health (Behavior Health)- http://www.neighborhoodhealthva.org/mission–vision–values.html                                                                                                                            Northern Virginia Family Services – http://www.nvfs.org/our-services/mental-health/                                                                                 Postpartum Help – http://www.postpartumva.org/

Local Support Groups                                                                                         Alexandria City Mental Health Support Groups – https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/adultservices/default.aspx?id=53018                                                                                                                                Depression & Bipolar Support Groups – http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=peer_support_group_locator                                                            National Alliance on Mental Health Northern Virginia Support Groups – http://www.nami-northernvirginia.org/individuals-peers.html                                                                                                                               Postpartum Support Groups – http://www.postpartumva.org/support-groups/                                                                                                                                      SCAN – Educational Parent Support Groups – https://www.scanva.org/support-for-parents/parent-education-program/parent-supportgroups/                                                                                 The Women’s Center Support & Therapy Groups (ask about reduced rates or sliding scale) – http://thewomenscenter.org/counseling/support-therapy-groups/                                                                                                                                      Trillium Drop-in Center –  http://www.trilliumdropincenter.org/

County Assistance                                                                                               Alexandria City Mental Health Services – https://www.alexandriava.gov/dchs/adultservices/default.aspx?id=50420                                                                                                                                Arlington County Mental Health Services – https://health.arlingtonva.us/behavioral-healthcare/mental-health/                                                                                                                                       Fairfax County Community Services Board – http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/services/                                                         Loudoun County Mental Health Services – https://www.loudoun.gov/mentalhealth                                                               Prince William County Mental Health Services – http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/cs/pages/adult-mental-health.aspx

Prescription Help                                                                                                  Family Wize https://familywize.org/prescription-savings-card/how-it-works                                                                                                                         Needy Meds http://www.needymeds.org/                                                                                       Partnership for Prescription Assistance https://www.pparx.org/

 

Alexandria Affordable Summer Camp Options

Summer is right around the corner! If you live in Alexandria and haven’t already made plans for the kiddos, here are a few affordable summer camp options to check out.

Alexandria City

Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp                                                                                  Starts June 26th                                                                                                                    Hours: 10 am to 5 pm                                                                                                         Ages 5-12                                                                                                                                 Cost: $25 per week for members who receive free & reduced lunch at school                                                                                                                                      Call 703-895-2000 for more information                                                              http://www.bgcgw.org/club-page/murraygate-summer-camp/

The  Campagna Center Summer Program                                                               Starts July 3rd                                                                                                                        Hours: 7 am – 6 pm                                                                                                               Ages 5-12                                                                                                                                  Cost: sliding scale based on income                                                                          Call 703-224-2338 for more information                                                              https://campagnacenter.schoolforms.org/summercamp

Casa Chirlilagua Elementary Summer Camp                                                        Starts July 31st                                                                                                                      Hours: 9 am to Noon                                                                                                          Cost: $25 for one child, $35 for two                                                                          Email marissa@casachirilagua.org for more information                              http://casachirilagua.org/

Community Lodgings’ Elementary Summer Program                                      Starts July 10th                                                                                                                      2nd-5th grade                                                                                                                  Cost: $50 one child, $90 two children, & $120 three children                  Call 703-566-9464 for more information                                                               www.communitylodgings.org     

YMCA Summer Day Camp                                                                                               Starts June 25th                                                                                                                   Hours: 9 am – 4 pm with extended day option                                                     Ages 5-16                                                                                                                             Cost: offers financial assistance based on income, must inquire about special form                                                                                                               Email alexandriaemail@ymcadc.org for more information                         http://www.ymcadc.org/library/files/2017%20Alexandria%20Camp%20Guide%20(2).pdf

 

Child Care Resources: Nonprofit Centers & Head Start

Among community college students who are parents, quality and affordable child care tends to be one of the biggest obstacles to college access and success!

Below are various child care resources in Northern Virginia:

Alexandria City

Alive! Child Development Center                                                                                      (https://www.alive-inc.org/cdc.htm)                                                                          ALIVE! Child Development Center is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early care and education to children in Alexandria’s low-income working families. Fees are based on family income and size, and tuition assistance is available.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

The Campagna Center                                                                                                        (http://www.campagnacenter.org/programs/early-childhood)                The Campagna Center operates Head Start in Alexandria City, offering classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and star-rated by the state of Virginia. They provide high-quality early childhood education and wellness support to over 500 low-income families with children from newborn to five years old.

The Child & Family Network Centers                                                                              (http://cfnc-online.org/)                                                                                                    A network of 8 free, high-quality bi-lingual preschools in Alexandria that provide low-income children with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. To be eligible for enrollment families must meet certain income guidelines. All classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and/or are Virginia Quality star-rated.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Arlington County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Fairfax County

ACCA Child Development Center                          (http://www.accacdc.org/)                                                                                   ACCA CDC is a nonprofit program in Annandale whose mission is to provide affordable, high-quality early education and developmentally-appropriate care for children ages 3 months to 5 years in a safe, healthy, and diverse environment. ACCA works with Fairfax County Child Care Assistance and Referrals.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

Laurel Learning Center (https://www.cornerstonesva.org/services/childcare-youth-services/affordable-childcare/)                                                                                   Cornerstones is a nonprofit that has been offering comprehensive family services, and childcare at the Laurel Learning Center in Reston since 1977. The majority of childcare slots at Laurel Learning Center are reserved for working families receiving childcare subsidies from Fairfax County.

Main Street Child Development Center                                                                       (http://www.mainstreetcdc.org/)                                                                               The center provides high-quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs and support services to empower children and their families, regardless of their financial circumstances. Main Street is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction held by less than 10 percent of childcare centers nationwide. Lower income working or studying parents pay tuition based on a sliding scale according to the subsidy fee system of the Fairfax County Office for Children and the City of Fairfax.

UCM Early Learning Center                                                                                               (http://www.ucmagency.org/ucm-early-learning-center.html)                  United Community Ministries Early Learning Center is a nonprofit in the South County area of Fairfax, which creates positive classroom experiences that encourage children’s curiosity and holistically further development. UCM also provides holistic services to families of children attending the center.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Falls Church 

Easter Seals Early Care & Education                                                                              (http://www.easterseals.com/DCMDVA/our-programs/childrens-services/child-development-center-of.html)                                                       This inclusive nonprofit early education center has been serving the community for over 40 years, provides exceptional services for children with and without disabilities and their families. Their learning culture is based on the Creative Curriculum System and Teaching Strategies’ Gold–promoting a strong emphasis on Kindergarten readiness. Easter Seals also has their own scholarship program – “Little Warriors”.

Homestretch: Kidstretch Program                                                                              (http://homestretchva.org/kidstretch/)                                                                 Kidstretch is a state-licensed preschool program that provides high-quality early childhood education for children ages three to five years old. The program is designed to help children build the foundation they need emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically as they prepare for the transition to kindergarten. Kidstretch is a registered provider with Fairfax County’s Child Care Assistance and Referral Program.

Seven Corners Children’s Center                                                                                (http://sevencornerschildrenscenter.org/)                                                            This nonprofit center was founded in 1971 with the mission  to provide a quality, affordable, comprehensive program in a nurturing, educational environment to low to moderate income children. Seven Corners Children’s Center provides holistic support, including medical screening, free books, and meals. The center works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program.

Loudoun County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Prince William County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

Students may contact Jeannette Bilgera (jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062) to see if they may be eligible for Child Care Assistance through the state of Virginia and receive help filling out the application.

Community Spotlight: Family Clothing Closet

Women Giving Back was founded in June 2007 with the goal of helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school. They continue to serve women and children in need across Northern Virginia.

When you enter Women Giving Back you feel you just stepped into a cute boutique clothing shop. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcoming!

The space is child friendly. Kids can entertain themselves in the play area while mothers shop.

Mothers can pick up to 50 items of women’s and children’s clothing, plus shoes, accessories, and toiletries. The also have maternity clothes.

If you are in need of clothing for yourself and/or your children, contact Pathways’ staff member, Jeannette Bilgera, regarding a referral to Women Giving Back at jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062. They are located in Sterling;  however, serve the entire Northern Virginia area. If you need assistance with transportation, let Jeannette know.

www.http://womengivingback.org/