Homeless Street Outreach
Our outreach activities target individuals who face barriers to accessing recovery support. Our Street Outreach Team spreads hope and encouragement, connects people to community services and provides education. The team also distributes emergency supplies such as thermal blankets, flashlights, and food.
Additionally, the team conducts interviews with individuals who are homeless to collect data on their eligibility for housing assistance programs. We partner with regional homeless service organizations that make up the Western Virginia Continuum of Care and advocate for our participants to receive priority for permanent supportive housing, housing voucher, and rapid rehousing programs.
Our Jail Outreach Team serves incarcerated individuals at Page County Jail, Rockingham/Harrisonburg Regional Jail, and Middle River Regional Jail. The team provides individual peer support and two weekly peer support groups to help individuals develop coping strategies to deal with life’s challenges without resorting to substance use or other unhealthy behaviors.
We hold an annual Community Resource Fair in September and our team regularly participates in community events where we connect visitors to recovery information. Additionally, members of our staff frequently share their recovery stories and present Strength In Peers information with local businesses, law enforcement, colleges and universities, and human and public health service agencies.