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See You on the Court! Using pickup basketball to build trust

When the Salvation Army’s New Day Center opened its doors last July, no one imagined how important games of pickup basketball would become. The Salvation Army founded the New Day Center as a drop-in center for young adults aging out of the foster care system, experiencing homelessness, or at risk of sex trafficking. It’s there…

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Roanoke's Voice 2019

Are you ready for Roanoke’s Voice?

A night of singing, celebrities, and delicious food. No, the Grammys are over—we’re talking about singing competition and fundraiser Roanoke’s Voice. This annual event is coming up on May 30, and this year there’s a new twist! We recently caught up with Stacey Sheppard, director of TAP Domestic Violence Services and the organizer of Roanoke’s…

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TAP Books Program

Introducing: TAP Books Donation Program

Don’t let your books end up in the landfill—donate your books to TAP! Our book donation program sells books online to support our mission, provides free books to people participating in our programs, and creates jobs in our community. Click here to find out more about this program and how you can be involved. For…

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TAP SwiftStart

TAP SwiftStart: Free child care while you train for a new career

SwiftStart, one of our adult education programs, works with parents to build brighter futures by offering: Paid training in one of three career tracks (health care, information technology, or advanced manufacturing) Free, quality child care while parents train for their new careers Ongoing support after graduation to help parents find jobs and succeed in their…

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TAP Personal Finance Services

TAP Financial Services: Here to Support Our Community

Did you know TAP has a financial services division? Our services help low-income families and individuals achieve financial goals and wealth-building strategies such as home ownership or starting a business. Here are some of the ways TAP Financial Services has helped in our community:  Free Tax Clinic: Last year, our Tax Clinic brought a total…

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TAP Indoor Plumbing client story

It Takes A Community: Vernon, Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation client

No running water. No bathroom. No electricity. Vernon Gilbert spent nearly seven decades living under these conditions. Now, thanks to dozens of helping hands in the Mountain Valley community and TAP’s Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation (IPR) program, he’s living comfortably in a brand new home. Nicknamed “Koonny Frog” as a child because of his fondness for…

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Roanoke’s Voice 2019

Our musical talent competition and fundraiser is back by popular demand! Mark your calendars for a night of fun as local talent competes for the title of Roanoke’s Voice! All proceeds benefit families of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. This year’s event will take place on May 30, 2019, at the Jefferson Center in…

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TAP YouthBuild Program

From Homeless to College Bound: Ryan, YouthBuild student

For most kids, turning 18 is a celebration, a time of transition and experiencing tastes of independence with parental support. However, for thousands of kids across the country, turning 18 signifies “aging out” of foster care, meaning they are too old to stay in care and must make it on their own. According to national…

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TAP Virginia CARES

Starting Over and Thriving: John, Virginia CARES client

It was getting late on an August Friday in 2011, in Covington, Virginia. All John LaFlamme had in the world were the clothes on his back and a copy of his high school diploma. He had no car, no home, no family in the area, and no ID. He had just been released from prison….

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Working Together to Serve Our Nation’s Veterans

How TAP works with the local VA Hospital to help end veteran homelessness When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced the ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness in 2009, the agency knew that it would need to do things differently to make the impact it wanted. Its new plan involved bringing more partners to…

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Fall Ball

Our very own Annette Lewis and board member Harriet Woodward visited WFXR’s Living Local this morning to talk about the upcoming Fall Ball costume party and fundraiser, happening October 27 in Covington. Check out the video from WFXR or visit our events page for more information!    

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why don't they leave_TAP Domestic Violence Services

Someone you know has likely suffered through domestic violence. What do you need to know to help?

By Stacey Sheppard, director of TAP’s Domestic Violence Services Domestic violence is common. Very common. About one in every four women and one in seven men has experienced it. Despite how frequently it occurs in our society, the myths about domestic violence can cause us to do the wrong thing when trying to help. In…

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