New River Community Action works with our community’s most vulnerable residents including the homeless, ex-offenders, the disabled, and struggling young families. NRCA offers a variety of programs to improve the lives of low-income people. Some services address basic needs such as food, shelter, and utilities. Comprehensive early childhood programs promote school readiness, healthy families, and effective parenting.
New River Community Action, with the assistance of 1,739 volunteers who worked 26,914 hours, provided the following services to 10,728 individuals in 2016-2017 throughout the New River Valley:
ALLEVIATING HUNGER AND FINANCIAL CRISIS
EMERGENCY FOOD assisted 4,440 individuals in 1,964 families through six food pantries.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE served 5,468 individuals in 2,258 families addressing basic needs including shelter.
FLOYD BACKPACK PROGRAM served 317 children in 167 families.
BLACKSBURG INTERFAITH FOOD PANTRY served 416 individuals in 199 families.
HOUSING COUNSELING provided 81 families with knowledge to improve their housing and financial situations.
HOMELESS and HOUSING PROGRAMS assisted 86 families to obtain or maintain permanent housing.
TO OUR HOUSE winter shelter served 42 homeless men providing a total of 983 bed-nights and 2,949 meals.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY SERVICES
HEAD START provided comprehensive education, nutrition, health, parent involvement and social services to 373 pre-school children.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP (CHIP) provided 259 children (ages 0-6) in 151 families with improved health care, parent education and case management.
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) served 950 families who saved tax preparation fees.
VIRGINIA CARES program provided 65 pre-releases and 163 newly released ex-offenders with assistance and support to promote successful transition from prison or jail to the community.
TWO GENERATION CAREER AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Career Mentors enrolled 45 participants in SWIFTStart offering skill development and access to childcare.