Much as the last few years have been difficult and uncertain for so many of us, this has been particularly true for our children, many of whom just seem so discombobulated. The number of students reporting mental health struggles have increased as many of them are reporting feeling very alone or empty.
At Warren Coalition, we work to build community resilience, to create a place of belonging so that each person, including all of our children, knows they are not alone. Here is a brief overview of the highlights of 2022, demonstrating the scope of our projects and our dedication to creating this environment in our community:
- Through Project COURAGE, the Coalition offers support services to 10- to 14-year-olds and students at the alternative schools who are victims of physical/sexual abuse, or witnessed domestic violence, as well as their families. As of November 2022, we have 67 students in service.
- HALO Read has registered 319 children age birth through 4 years to receive a free book monthly from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
- Too Good for Drugs is currently being taught to the 9th graders at both high schools. We were nominated by one of our grantors and chosen by the First Lady of Virginia, Suzanne Youngkin, to come and observe a lesson on Fentanyl being taught to students in November 2022.
- We opened Warren Coalition Counseling services in August 2021, to provide substance misuse counseling free of charge to clients from Warren, Page and Shenandoah Counties as part of a HRSA grant in conjunction with the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative. To date 168 people have been referred for services.
- The Coalition continues to provide re-entry services for returning citizens from RSW Regional Jail, from Warren, Page and Shenandoah through the HRSA grant.
- Peer Support has served 93 people in the last year, getting many people into inpatient treatment and taking people to meetings weekly.
- This year the Coalition conducted four trauma-informed certification courses, two secondary trauma trainings, two Delta-8 trainings, and a recovery ally training.
- Red Ribbon Week was celebrated at the end of October with all students at both middle schools participating in Rock and Stroll events that focused on emotional and physical health. We sponsored a Fall Fest for all students at Leslie Fox Keyser in Sept that focused on teamwork and resilience.
- The Coalition gave out hundreds of resilience building games to children at festivals as well as a 173 glitter focus tubes that the kids created at the Halloween Jubilee.
- The We See You Warren County campaign was launched in September 2021 to help create a sense of community belonging; to date we have enrolled nearly 200 participants in the program, with 974 followers on the We See You group on Facebook.
We hope you will consider investing in our community by sponsoring the Coalition this year. To view our 2023 sponsorship levels, click here.