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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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TAP Head Start Open Enrollment

TAP Head Start: Open Enrollment for 6 weeks to 4 years old

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, TAP Head Start will not be holding in-person enrollment events until further notice. To apply for services online, please click here. We are currently recruiting children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old for full- and part-time care. Times and Locations There are currently no upcoming intake events. Please visit Smart2Start to complete…

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Make your voice count in the 2020 census

Fill out the 2020 Census at TAP

Make your voice count! Counting your family in the 2020 census is important—it helps to ensure fair representation and increase funding for community programs like ours. The census is safe and confidential. Results are only used to produce statistics, and immigration status will not be considered. Beginning March 12, you can respond to the census…

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From Father to Father 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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Positive Parenting in a Pandemic

5 Tips for 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. Doing it all gracefully in the middle…

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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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Child on virtual meeting

Adapting for Now, Learning for the Future: Sabrina’s Place Visits Go Virtual

TAP created Sabrina’s Place to facilitate face-to-face interaction while protecting participants’ physical and emotional health during custody exchanges or court-ordered child/parent visits. Now, a microscopic threat—one capable of penetrating a number of our carefully planned physical safeguards—has forced us to rethink what it means to keep people safe in our center. Safety First TAP designed…

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Freedom First & Carilion Support TAP Students

Trying to turn your life around is hard work. The students in TAP’s youth programs are doing that work every day—some of them have been doing it while fighting hunger, too. Not a Choice, a Situation “Some of our students don’t eat at home, not because they don’t want to eat, and not because mom…

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Rob looking at Roanoke

Here to See Them Win

In response to COVID-19, TAP’s youth programs have begun meeting in groups of fewer than ten. When the students in TAP’s youth programs are acting out, Rob Wormley knows there’s more to it than meets the eye. “Even though it looks like anger or being bad,” Rob explains, “I know there’s a lot of hurt…

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TAP Headquarters

COVID-19: TAP’s Response

TAP is sensitive to the fact that our clients are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, especially when it comes to receiving needed support and access to services. Both the community and our funding sources are aware of the value of what we do for those we serve, and continue to look…

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TAP Books program manager

Building Community and Creating Second Chances

“This place has a feeling that you have to experience,” Ben Wilborn says as he helps unload a van packed with trash bags full of books. The place he’s referring to with his contagious enthusiasm is a former freezer warehouse located behind Feeding America Southwest Virginia. Instead of storing food, the 13,000-square-foot warehouse now acts…

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Supporter - Aldrige Family

Practical Philanthropy – Monthly Giving

David and Nicole Aldridge support TAP with consistent monthly gifts. When asked about why monthly giving works for them, they shared that they practice the principle of giving ten percent, saving ten percent, and living on the rest. Their practical approach of including TAP in their budget each month has paid dividends for the community…

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