Many of you have heard speculation that the Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development is for sale. This is indeed true. The building is currently on the market for the list price of $1,075,000.
In the early 1990s, at the request of then Mayor Noel C. Taylor, TAP agreed to take ownership of the former Hotel Dumas on Henry Street in order to save it from demolition. The decades after World War II were not kind to Henry Street, which suffered greatly due to the decline of the railroads (the Norfolk & Western railroad was a major employer in Roanoke and fueled the area’s growth), changing demographics, and misguided urban renewal. Redlining and disinvestment hindered the survival of the once-thriving neighborhood. As part of our continued community development efforts, the agency decided to spearhead the effort to transform the Dumas into a music and arts center, returning it to its former purpose as a place of cultural exchange. The renovations were completed in two phases: Phase one was funded by a $212,000 loan from the City of Roanoke (later forgiven) and a $600,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The funds were used to remove asbestos, shore up walls, and create a usable stage, kitchen, and restrooms. Phase two cost over $4 million and was funded by a variety of sources, including New Markets and Federal Historic Tax Credits, grants and donations from the broad community. Additionally, TAP invested $821,574 of its own resources in the facility. The end result is that today the Dumas has been fully renovated into a state-of-the-art, 178-seat theater conducive for musicals, plays, workshops, offices and community events.
The Dumas has played—and continues to play—a role in the neighborhood’s rebirth by attracting interest and investment while preserving the neighborhood’s legacy through observance and celebration of its cultural identity.
Since its renovation, a number of positive changes have taken place. Organizations —both arts-related and not—have called the Dumas home and the surrounding streets are experiencing a renaissance of residential, institutional, and commercial redevelopment. The redevelopment includes the renovation of a landmark facility, the Ebony Club, which is now the Claude Moore Education Complex. Additionally, TAP advocated along with the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP and the Roanoke Valley SCLC to build the high quality Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Statue.
The decision to sell the Dumas Center was not an easy one. We—I, the Board of Directors, TAP staff—recognize its importance in Roanoke’s, and more specifically Henry Street’s history. Built in 1917, the Dumas was a hot spot for entertainers traveling through Roanoke’s Henry Street District—the hub of an African American neighborhood also known as “The Yard”—during the district’s rise throughout the 1930s. During the Dumas’ prime, performers such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horn, Lionel Hampton, and many more visited to entertain one of the few integrated crowds in western Virginia. Aside from the entertainment taking place downstairs, the hotel was one of the only lodging establishments in the area that accommodated black travelers during the Jim Crow era.
With all of its rich history, why is TAP selling the property? TAP wants to pay off the remaining loan debt and recover as much of our investment as possible. TAP’s mission is to help individuals and families achieve economic and personal independence through education, employment, affordable housing and safe and healthy environments. The sale of the Dumas will allow us to focus our attention and resources on programs that are vital to our community and fall in line with our mission.
Many times throughout its history, TAP has taken on a program, or in the case of the Dumas Center, a very important project, nurtured its development and growth, and then handed it over to capable hands. We feel that now is the right time to do that with the Dumas. It is our desire to sell the Dumas to an individual, organization or group whose mission aligns with the purpose of this beautifully renovated facility. We are confident that the Dumas will continue to be a reminder of the rich history and culture of its community.
Anyone interested in more information about the sale of the Dumas Center should contact 540-855-3654. To read the full article in Roanoke Times, Click here
Because of the discontinuation of a grant, our Sabrina’s Place program will lose all funding effective October 31, 2016. We’re asking the community for help in raising $146,000 by December 31st to keep the program open.
Sabrina's Place is a supervised visitation and exchange center developed and funded in conjunction with the City of Roanoke to prevent violence from occurring between family members during the exchange of children. Sabrina Reed, for whom the program is named, was in the midst of ongoing court cases when she was killed by her estranged husband during the exchange of their daughter. The program has served thousands of individuals since opening in 2007.
Unfortunately, Sabrina’s Place has been forced to suspend enrollments until new funding is secured. This means domestic violence victims whose abusers remain entitled to visitation or custody rights are left without a resource crucial to their safety. We are currently working with local governments in an attempt to secure long-term funding. In the meantime, the community can help keep this valuable program alive—and our community members safe—by visiting tapintohope.org or crowdrise.com to give today.
TAP Head Start is hiring! Please stop by our table at the 2016 Career Fest at the Salem Civic Center on September 13th between 10A.M - 3P.M.
Multiple postions to be filled. Resumes and applications will be accepted.
Last year, in honor of our late founder Cabell Brand, TAP presented the inaugural Cabell Brand Hope Award to a community member who embodies the spirit of its namesake. We are excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2016 Cabell Brand Hope Award is now open!
Please fill out this nomination form and return it with a short biography of the nominee to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 14, 2016.
The award will be presented at TAP's annual lunch, happening on October 18, 2016. More details about this event will be released in the coming weeks—we hope that you will join us!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Keri at 540.283.4866.
"Navigating the Nonprofit Rapids," written by former TAP president Ted Edlich, is based upon four decades of real-life experience and the best of research on the most effective leadership skills. It is exciting, inspiring, and contains practical suggestions that can quickly be applied by committed and talented leaders. To pre-order your copy, please click on this link.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. on October 23rd at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Leigh Anne Tuohy is an author and philanthropist who is best known for her family's story of hope and giving depicted in the film "The Blind Side." This event will be a black & white cocktail affair (business attire acceptable) and will include dinner, drinks, and music by the William Penn Quartet. A cash bar will be available.
The first ever Cabell Brand Hope Award will also be presented at this event. Click here to purchase tickets.
We are excited to announce that a new program, formerly known as Young Adult Life Enhancement (YALE), will be enrolling participants this fall. This program will support court involved youth ages 14-24 to successfully reintegrate into their communities as self-sufficient and engaged citizens. The program will provide case management, mentoring, educational interventions, service-learning, occupational training, workforce interventions, follow-up services, and expungement and diversion services. Classes and activities will be tailored to each participant’s schedule, with activities offered at a local high school for those still in school. Educational interventions will support earning credits toward high school graduation or GED attainment. All participants will receive Customer Service Training and job readiness preparation. Additional occupational training options will include plumbing, electrical and construction; healthcare; customer service; and/or other training streams resulting in industry-recognized credentials, such as commercial driving, welding, and food service. Workforce activities will include career exploration; subsidized part- and full-time work experience; short- and long-term shadowing; apprenticeship program placements; and unsubsidized part- and full-time employment. Participants will participate in meaningful community service through TAP’s collaborations with the Hurt Park Neighborhood Association, Roanoke City Police and other community organizations.
Total Action for Progress (TAP) and Big Lick Entertainment present a full day of American celebrations and music at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke on Saturday, July 4, 2015. TAP Hope Revolution will be an amazing 4th of July Freedom Fest with incredible music acts The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brothers Osborne, and Old Dominion. Plus daytime acts (before 4pm) include Erin & the Wildfire, Fhat Rob, and Built to Write! Daytime activities are FREE and fun for the whole family!
There will be great food, beverages, a kids zone, education, and much more. Plus all tickets sold will benefit TAP. Click here to purchase your ticket.
We are excited to announce that Annette Lewis has been named TAP’s new President and CEO! Annette has been with TAP for 27 years, most recently serving as interim president after the retirement of Ted Edlich in January 2015. For more information about this exciting change, check out this great article by Amy Friedenberger of the Roanoke Times.
Carilion Clinic is partnering with community organizations to conduct a comprehensive health assessment. Click here. By participating in this health survey, you'll help lay the groundwork for community-wide healthcare solutions. This is made available by Carilion Clinic.
There is no doubt that the Roanoke Valley and the Commonwealth have lost one of their lions, a witness to history that included some of the most tumultuous and defining times in our nation’s recent history. Below are links to the many articles and videos from local media honoring Mr. Brand.
The Roanoke Times
The Roanoke Times Opinion Page
Cabell's funeral will be Saturday at 2:30 at Salem Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to one of the following charities:
The Cabell Brand Center for International Poverty and Resource Studies at www.cabellbrandcenter.org
The Shirley Hurt Brand Fund to Benefit Children’s Hunger Relief at Feeding America Southwest Virginia, 1025 Electric Road, Salem, VA 24153
Total Action for Progress, at www.tapintohope.org
TAP Founder Cabell Brand died on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at age 91. Read the joint statement from board chair Steve Cronemeyer, interim president Annette Lewis, and retiring president Ted Edlich here.
TAP President Ted Edlich recently announced his retirement after 40 years of leading the agency. Annette Lewis, Senior Vice President for Program Coordination and Director of TAP’s This Valley Works, has been appointed as acting President and CEO. For more information, check out media coverage from the Roanoke Times and WSLS10.
Please join us in congratulating Total Action for Progress Head Start and Early Head Start Program Director Selena Childress-Mayo on her appointment to the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success!
to see an interview with Ms. Mayo and find out what the Council’s tasks will be in the future. You can also read the full announcement from the Governor’s office here.
Check out the coverage of TAP’s Weatherization program done by Nadine Maeser of WDBJ7 HERE
For more info click on link.
Follow us at "tapintohope" for behind the scenes photos and info from our programs. Click on tapintohope
Click here, check it out! If you have questions about the program, visit our Fathers First page under Programs or call 540.767.6230.
TAP Head Start’s unique partnership with Roanoke City Schools allows it to measure the impact of its services. click here to read the story on WSLS.
Thanks to a partnership with Medical Facilities of America, TAP can now provide on-site licensing testing for its CNA students. Check out the stories on WSLS and WDBJ7 for more information.
On behalf of our co-sponsors, we’re pleased to announce that registration for the September 17, 2014, Mindfulness Conference is now open! Join us as Virginia Western Community College for an introduction to mindfulness practice, with featured speakers Elisha Goldstein and Linda Lantieri. Please visit the conference page to register.
Check out page 11 of the May 2014 HUD Newsletter to read the article.
After twenty-five years of service to the community, TAP's Transitional Living Center (TLC) is closing its doors.
Celebrate Youthbuild Day of Roanoke by helping us build a home in our community!
A faith based domestic violence awareness conference, "The New Me, No More Scars" will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014. Click Here to get registration information
Click here to view the information for the TAP Head Start Open Enrollment
Annette Lewis, Senior Vice President of Programs at TAP, appeared on Blue Ridge Daytime to discuss Sabrina's Place.
Showtimers Play Will Benefit Sabrina’s Place on WDBJ 7 and on Daytime Blue Ridge
View it on WDBJ7
Our next homebuyer education class will be held on April 19, 2014. If you want to know more about navigating the homebuying process, then please join us! Class is held at TAP headquarters (302 2nd Street SW, in downtown Roanoke) and begins at 9 a.m. sharp. Pre-registration is required at least a week in advance. To register, please call Charlotte Davis at 540.283.4917.
VIEW THIS STORY AT WDBJ7.COM
The holiday season is a time of year spent gearing up for fabulous feasts, good company, and long-awaited presents. Children make their lists and add on to them as more toy commercials flood our televisions. An important part of the holiday season is charitable giving rather than getting and the learning experiences that come with it.
Evelyn, a student at Divine Dance Center where Total Action for Progress (TAP) Sabrina’s Place Program Manager teaches, decided to donate to TAP Sabrina’s Place rather than receive birthday gifts. When asked the reason, Evelyn told Program Manager, Sammi Rader, “I have enough things.” Evelyn asked her friends to donate toys and wish list items. Friends of Evelyn donated items such as: dolls, books, games and office supplies. Evelyn turned 8 on December 15. At such a young age, Evelyn is highly praised for her generosity and community service.
Also in the spirit of giving, Morning Star Baptist Church created an angel tree to include wish list items for TAP Sabrina’s Place. The outreach ministry, alongside Brenda Davis (church member and TAP Sabrina’s Place volunteer), organized the angel tree. Children in the youth program at Morning Star Baptist Church decorated the angels. Each angel had an item listed and church members selected angels from the tree. The amount of donations received was overwhelming and its success will positively impact TAP Sabrina’s Place. Church members are commended for their gift of time, energy and enthusiastic support.
Sabrina’s Place is a joint partnership between the City of Roanoke and TAP. It provides supervised visitation and exchange services to families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The visitation center was named in memory and honor of Sabrina Reed who was brutally shot and killed by her husband, Robert Reed, during the exchange of their daughter in September 2005.
The City of Roanoke was recently awarded a $350,000 three-year continuation grant from the Office on Violence Against Women for TAP Sabrina’s Place. While the grant offers a reprieve to keep the program functioning, the grant only covers general operating costs and prohibits staff from fundraising. It is with community support that TAP Sabrina’s Place can successfully provide services to victims of domestic violence in this community.