In 2017 we were contacted by a woman living in Christiansburg who was needing transportation to the Pulaski Cancer Center daily, Monday through Friday for eight weeks. Her eligibility was based on her economic status, her inability to work due to her health and waiting to be approved for Medicaid. She had no vehicle of her own and no other options for transportation.
A Women’s Resource Center (WRC) emergency advocate met a family at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. The advocate met Emily, a 7-year-old girl, and her Mom, Tammy. Emily lives with her Mom and spends alternating weekends with her dad, Jeff, who has joint custody. Tammy brought Emily to the hospital following a weekend visit with her Dad.
Emma called NRV CARES to enroll in Parenting Young Children however was worried about sharing her story with a group of people. Staff further explained that any and all participants are welcome and no background information is required. Emma arrived the first night emotionally guarded, scared, and quiet. The next week, she seemed more relaxed, but guarded. Slowly, she opened up.
StoryRichard approached the NRCA Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program in Christiansburg in October of last year. He was living in his car after his recent release from prison and had no family or friends in the area to help him with a place to stay. The MCEAP worker scheduled Richard for an intake interview with the Homeless and Housing Program’s Rapid Rehousing Counselor.
To Our House (TOH) housed Bobby after he had separated from his family and was struggling with alcohol addiction. Bobby knew he had to address his addiction issues for himself and his family. Bobby attended AA meetings while participating in TOH and began attending Sunday services at one of the TOH support churches. In time, Bobby moved into permanent housing.
Becky is a single working mom who has two children attending VICCC. They are six, four, and one. She has worked at Kroger in Blacksburg for 5 years. Becky is thankful for her children to have a safe place to go where she does not worry about them. She also talked about the unsteady relationship with their father.