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TAP celebrates 55 years of service

Celebrating 55 Years of Service

This year we are celebrating 55 years of service in our community. Over the decades, we have been committed to providing programs to help individuals and families achieve economic and personal independence through education, employment, affordable housing, and safe and healthy environments. This year’s unprecedented challenges have reinforced our calling: to create spaces that foster…

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Rent and mortgage relief

Rent and Mortgage Relief

Have you experienced loss of income due to COVID-19 and had a hard time making rent or mortgage payments? The Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program may be able to help! To receive assistance, you must be at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. Assistance is available for payments past due as of…

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TAP Head Start Open Enrollment

TAP Head Start: full- and part-time care

We are currently enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old for full- and part-time care. Enroll your child in one of our child care programs and prepare them for kindergarten. Early Head Start is for children up to and including 2 years old. Head Start is a preschool program for children 3 and…

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Project Discovery helps students with college dreams

Since 1981, TAP’s Project Discovery has helped students with college dreams by preparing them for acceptance to college. The program helps at-risk and first-generation students learn about their college options and what it really takes to go to college. Hear from real students with college dreams We recently talked to a few TAP Project Discovery…

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Support for working parents

Support for Working Parents

Support for working parents through TAP SwiftStart Sometimes all it takes to change your life is having the right people in your corner. For two young mothers in our SwiftStart program, those right people were SwiftStart career mentors—and each other. SwiftStart works by removing some of the common barriers parents face when looking for well-paying…

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Supporter Spotlight Rita Joyce

Rita Joyce, our Supporter Spotlight this month, knows TAP better than most. As a community mortgage specialist with Truist, she has assisted with our Housing Counseling classes for several years and has recommended first-time homebuyers to our down payment assistance program. More recently, Rita has become involved in our SwiftStart program, teaching financial education classes…

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Panel discussion on racism and inequality

A Community Conversation on Racism and Inequality

Last month, the United Way of Roanoke Valley and our agency hosted a panel discussion about racism and inequality. Watch the live recording on our Facebook page….CLICK HERE TO WATCH. Actions speak louder than words. Sparking action, however, often starts by expressing our ideals in words. (“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all…

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Cabell Brand Hope Award

Nominations Open for the Cabell Brand Hope Award

Cabell Brand — founder of TAP, which is celebrating 55 years of service — was a tireless advocate for a wide spectrum of issues. He generously gave his time and efforts to enhance the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. To honor his legacy of service, TAP is proud to announce The Cabell…

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The tragic death of George Floyd

A personal message from Annette Lewis, TAP President & CEO

TAP Family: The tragic death of George Floyd has shaken our nation. Unfortunately, it is not the first incident in recent weeks and months that has resulted in a sentence of death for African Americans who were convicted without a fair and just trial. Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are two others that we “know…

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Father and son holding hands

Fathers First Mentoring

Editor’s note: the subject’s name has been changed at his request to protect his privacy. Mark’s journey to becoming a role model and mentor to other fathers was unconventional. In fact, he only learned of his young daughter after she’d already been placed in foster care.  Upon his discovery, Mark immediately began the uphill battle…

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Father helps child with homework on laptop

5 Tips for Parenting In Quarantine

Postive Parenting in Quarantine Parenting is hard. Period. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and each step takes guts and determination—and a good plan. To be a positive role-model for your family means being your best self consistently, supporting others, and being patient, loving, and encouraging. We all need a little help so we’ve gathered…

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Sonia Gravely

Supporter Spotlight: Sonia Gravely

How One TAP Supporter and Community Advocate Draws from Her Past to Make a Difference Today It was 2016, and Sabrina’s Place—the only free supervised visitation and safe exchange center in the western half of Virginia—was facing closure. For Sonia Gravely, being the best version of herself means leading the charge to empower others and…

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