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NRVCS teams with Head Start to educate families about impact of secondhand, thirdhand smoke on children

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NRVCS teams with Head Start to educate families about impact of secondhand, thirdhand smoke on children

NRVCS teams with Head Start to educate families about impact of secondhand, thirdhand smoke on children By Rene’ Cox, Behavioral Health Wellness Specialist, NRVCS New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) recently partnered with New River Community Action Head Start to promote awareness and education about secondhand and thirdhand smoke to area families. The prevention-related materials …

Virtual job fair

Have you ever thought about working for one of our residential programs, but weren’t sure? If so, this job fair is for YOU! NRVCS offers a variety of residential programs that provide 24-hour services (see below) and we are actively seeking applicants to staff those programs. Our virtual job fair on Thursday, March 18 offers …

Local agencies hosting virtual education series to help residents stop smoking

New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS), in cooperation with the UVa Cancer Center, the New River Health District, and the five local community coalitions throughout the New River Valley, will host a free series of virtual presentations designed to help people quit smoking. The series, which will be broadcast nightly via Facebook Live on the …

NRVCS, Good Sam partner to prevent misuse of prescription drugs

CHRISTIANSBURG – NRVCS (New River Valley Community Services) and Good Samaritan (or “Good Sam”) have announced a joint effort to help prevent the misuse of prescription medications. Officials with the two agencies are working together to help eliminate unused or expired pain medications from homes, also known as opioids, as overdose numbers continue to escalate …

Kathy Kenley to retire from NRVCS after 32 years

Kathy Kenley has announced that she will retire from New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) at the end of December. Kenley has been employed by the agency since 1988. Currently serving as a supervisor in Community Wellness & Outreach at NRVCS, the majority of Kenley’s professional career has been devoted to the field of prevention, …

Local agencies participating in “Take Back Day”

Safely dispose of your unused or expired medications Law enforcement agencies throughout the New River Valley will once again be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 24. All collection sites will be open that day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To keep everyone safe, collection sites …

Leroy Robinson named new supervisor at 401 Peer Center

Leroy Robinson has been named supervisor of the 401 Peer Center, a facility operated by New River Valley Community Services (NRVCS) designed to support individuals in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Originally from Philadelphia, Robinson himself is in long-term recovery, after 24 years of active addiction. He was one of the first …

NRVCS leading local observance of Overdose Awareness Day

Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 72,000 Americans died from drug-related overdose last year, with more than 50,000 of those attributed to opioids. Given the reported spike in overdose and related fatalities on the local level, the NRVCS Community Wellness and Outreach team is making a concerted effort …

Success story: Paula

After struggling with weight and addiction for much of her life, Paula’s journey of recovery has led to a true transformation. In fact, those who have known her for some time might not even recognize the ‘new’ Paula.Since entering recovery in October 2018, Paula has literally turned her life around – and in a number …