Weekly Tip: Learn More about Homeless Shelters & Affordable Housing Assistance

Shelter is a basic need for everyone, and it’s the foundation from which families and individuals can begin to build, or rebuild, their potential to live independently.
If you or someone you know is homeless or in danger of becoming homeless, there are emergency shelters and other community resources available. Please check all these links for further information.
Homeless Shelters in Suburban Virginia
Second Story
Loudoun County Family Services
Northern Virginia Family Service
Arlington Community Assistance Bureau (CAB)
Prince William County ACTS
Area Homeless Shelter Referral List
For more information, please visit our NOVACares website at http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/index.html

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Tip of the Week: Did you know NOVA has an Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS)?

The Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS) is a centralized office designed to provide comprehensive resources to veterans and military related personnel who are utilizing VA and tuition assistant educational benefits. NOVA’s Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS), the Military, and Program Advisors provide guidance on certification requirements and act as liaisons between NOVA and the Department of Veterans Affairs, while assisting you in your transition from the military to being a student. In addition to you using your educational benefits, the Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS) goal and mission is centered on students’ success in their academic studies; which includes making sure each recipient understands the policies and regulations of each benefit.

For more information about the Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS), please visit our NOVACares website at http://www.nvcc.edu/military/index.html




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Tip of the Week: Did you know NOVA has a Disability Services Office?

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. NOVA makes reasonable accommodations in providing course, program and building modification, and/or auxiliary aids and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. No academically qualified student with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in the services, programs and activities of the College.
For more information about Disability Support Service (DSS), please visit our NOVACares website at https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/index.html




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October is Domestic Violence Month

Weekly Tip: October is Domestic Violence Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month occurs during the month of October of every year and is sponsored and managed nationally by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). NOVA’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is sponsoring The Clothesline Project at 3 of our campuses this month to honor survivors of sexual and domestic violence. During this month, many participants wear the color purple as a representation of their efforts to help fight against and end domestic violence. Domestic violence is pervasive and may be life-threatening, affecting millions of individuals across our nation regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, or education.
What can you do if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence?
• It is important to seek support to understand what your options are and talk about how the incident(s) impacted you. Contact NOVA’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS) by calling or texting 703.338.0834 (24 hours a day) or email nova.sas@nvcc.edu to receive support. Domestic Violence is a crime and against the NOVA Code of Student Conduct. For more information on NOVA’s obligation under Title IX to address instances of domestic violence, see the Title IX Policy on Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.
• You may make a NOVACares report to request assistance at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?NorthernVirginiaCC. In an emergency, call 911.

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Tip of the Week: ULifeLine

Tip of the Week: Learn More about ULifeline

ULifeline is an online resource for college students struggling with mental health issues. Watching a friend struggle emotionally or hurt themselves by abusing drugs and/or alcohol, cutting, or behaving recklessly can be stressful. It’s hard to know what to say or do. But, as a friend, you may notice signs of a problem that others don’t see. Since unaddressed emotional health issues can lead to serious consequences such as addiction, dangerous behaviors, and thoughts of suicide, it’s important that you don’t ignore these signs. Trust your instincts if you have a gut feeling that something is not right with your friend, you should act on it.

Be the difference for a friend by learning the signs of a problem and how to help.

For more information about ULifeline, please visit our NOVACares website at http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/index.html

ULifeline links that may be good resources for you are listed below.

How to Tell if a Friend is Struggling http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/468-how-to-tell-if-a-friend-is-struggling

What You Can Do To Help http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/469-what-you-can-do-to-help

How to Talk to a Friend Who is Struggling http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/470-how-to-talk-to-a-friend-who-is-struggling

Noticing Problems on Facebook & How to Help A Friend http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/467-noticing-problems-on-facebook-how-to-help-a-friend

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Weekly Tip: Stalking – What is it?

Stalking—Common on College Campuses

Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel fear. On college campuses, the stalker is often not a stranger to the victim. Four out of five campus victims know their attackers. These perpetrators may have an intimate relationship or close friendship; they may be classmates, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances or relatives of their victims. Stalkers may have traits such as jealousy, narcissism, obsession, compulsion, manipulation, deception and control.

Stalkers now use more complex methods as well. They often use technology such as GPS, phones, cameras, computers, etc. to facilitate both direct and indirect contact with victims. Stalkers also utilize traditional methods such as following victims or their loved ones. Examples of stalking are:
• receiving numerous unwanted calls, texts or emails
• “coincidental” run-ins with the same individual on multiple occasions
• being followed or watched, either physically or electronically
• finding the same person outside your work, class, or home when you leave or arrive

For more information contact NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) at 703.338.0834 or by email at NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu . For more resources about stalking, please visit http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/sas/stalking.html

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What 2-1-1 Can Do For You?

What 2-1-1 Can Do For You?
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 and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide. Government, nonprofit, and community-based agencies, as well as businesses that provide health and human services to the citizens of Virginia are encouraged to list their services. 2-1-1 VIRGINIA is a service of the Virginia Department of Social Services provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services, The Planning Council, the United Way of Central Virginia, and the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg.
All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services by clicking on the NOVACares link below.

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Volunteer with SAS!

Join the Team by Volunteering with NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS)!!!
NOVA SAS is a program within the NOVACares office. As part of our commitment to the safety and well-being of our college community, the SAS program aims to address the issues of sexual assault, stalking and dating/partner violence. NOVA SAS offers many volunteer opportunities. Volunteering with NOVA SAS may help you:
• Gain and raise awareness of sexual assault, dating/partner violence, and stalking
• Become part of the solution by raising awareness of these issues
• Show support to those at NOVA who have been victimized
• Give back to the NOVA community
• Gain service hours

To apply please contact Connie Kirkland (NOVACares/SAS Director) at (703) 323-2136 or by email at cokirkland@nvcc.edu

For more information about NOVACares/SAS volunteering, please visit our website at http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/index.html

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Tip of the Week: Looking Out for Others

Looking Out for Others

Fellow students look out for one another through hard times and stressful situations. If you see something as a bystander going on with your fellow student that is not right or out of place, please speak up and say something about it. Speaking up may prevent or identify any such behaviors that may be occurring.
Please report an incident using the online NOVACares Reporting Form by clicking on this link: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?NorthernVirginiaCC . The NOVACares Program receives and assesses all reports submitted to the NOVACares Office for urgency and severity and assigns the reports to appropriate parties for review and intervention. The NOVACares database assesses and documents reports of violations of academic integrity, concerning behavior, violations of NOVA’s employee or student handbooks (disciplinary or conduct violations), criminal incidents and sexual misconduct/Title IX incidents. FYI reports are also accepted.
For more information or assistance please contact The NOVACares Office which offers two programs: NOVACares and Sexual Assault Services (SAS). NOVACares website http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/index.html . NOVA Sexual Assault Services at NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu or call 703.338.0834. If someone is in immediate danger call 9-1-1 or NOVA Police at 703.764.5000. To learn more about bystander intervention visit:  http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/_docs/Bystander_Intervention_FAQs.pdf

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Tip of the Week: Stress Management. Welcome Back!

Ready for the Fall Semester?  Ways to Cope with Stress
As the semester begins, new and current students returning to school might experience high stress levels due to changing routines such as a new class environment. Some signs of stress are an inability to maintain focus or concentration, agitation and concerns about doing well or fitting in. To help you reduce your stress and increase your motivation–take a deep breath inhaling and exhaling slowly, relax your shoulders, close your eyes for a few seconds and think about a place that makes you very happy. Exercising (being active) can also help you maintain a healthy stress level. Lifting weights at the gym, stretching exercises, cardio workouts such as pullups, dips, sit-ups, jumping jacks, pushups, and jogging can help a student be less tense and regain motivation, self-confidence, and memory which can help with exams, playing music, and sports.
Half of Us is a website devoted to college students who are experiencing stressors and emotional challenges that often come with campus life.
For information go to NOVACares website at http://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/resources.html

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