Outreach & Education To Support Community Resources.
Strength In Peers plays a critical role in promoting and supporting local community resources in the City of Harrisonburg, and the Counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Page. We operate as a key referrer for local community services and resources as well as offering our own groups and programs. In addition, we go out into the community to network, educate, and build relationships with the people who need community services and the people who provide them. Here’s what we offer:
- We started to hit the streets in November 2018 to lend peer support, ensure community resource connection, and to bring essential items to homeless families and individuals. We conduct outreach at various locations where homeless individuals congregate in Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Page. We help individuals who are experiencing homelessness by:
- Lending peer support to help individuals cope with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, and other mental and behavioral challenges.
- Distributing essential items such as food, socks, thermal blankets, ponchos, flashlights, masks, hand sanitizer, and bus passes.
- Providing COVID-19 rapid home tests when needed.
- Connecting individuals to emergency shelters and housing assistance programs.
- Helping individuals apply for Medicaid and other public benefits.
- Providing referrals to other community services for food, health care, employment, transportation, and other needs, including distributing our Community Resource Guide.
- We have been offering peer support groups and reentry workshops in local jails since our organization started. We work in Page County Jail, Rockingham/Harrisonburg Regional Jail, and Middle River Regional Jail. We help individuals who are incarcerated make plans and connect to services that can help them transition to the community. We also get people started with peer support and recovery services prior to release.