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 1,742 volunteers who worked 44,020 hours, provided the following services to 12,441 individuals in 2015-2016 throughout the New River Valley:
Alleviating Immediate Financial Crisis
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE served 5,929 individuals in 2,469 families addressing basic needs including shelter.
Keeping Tax Dollars Local
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA) served 711 families who saved $142,200 in tax preparation fees.
Nourishing Families & Individuals
EMERGENCY FOOD assisted 6,374 individuals in 2,703 families through six food pantries.
FLOYD BACK PACK PROGRAM served 172 children in 90 families.
VIRGINIA CARES assisted 226 ex-offenders to transition from prison or jail to society.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL SERVICES assisted 5,493 families.
Twenty-one AMERICORPS MEMBERS provided a combined 12,175 service hours.
HOUSING COUNSELING provided 76 families with knowledge to improve their housing and financial situations.
HOMELESS and HOUSING PROGRAMs assisted 85 families to obtain or maintain permanent housing.
TO OUR HOUSE winter shelter served 48 homeless men providing a total of 1,644 bed-nights and 4,932 meals.
Early Childhood Education/Family Support
HEAD START provided comprehensive education, nutrition, health, parent involvement and social services to 369 pre-school children.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PARTNERSHIP (CHIP) provided 232 children (ages 0-6) in 136 families with improved health care, parent education and case management.