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HELP Finds Dignity and Worth in the Journey from Homelessness

They say that moving is one of the most stressful events in life—but that’s not how Hannah Oakes sees it. From her perspective, it’s a celebratory occasion. On moving day, she’s been known to gather together a few helpers and a truck. She has a housewarming gift ready. Maybe there’s even a pizza involved. Moving…

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TAP Housing Counseling client photo with home

Finding a Home

Did you know that the Federal Reserve, Forbes, the National Association of Realtors, Harvard, and many more experts say that home equity (the home’s current market value minus what’s owed on the mortgage) is one of the top contributors to American household wealth? That’s because unlike other assets purchased with a loan, homes actually gain…

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TAP Volunteers Help Future Homebuyers

“We’re planting the seed of homeownership.” That’s how Carla Evans sees her volunteer work as an instructor with TAP’s Homebuyer Education Class. Carla, a realtor with Wainwright & Co. REALTORS, volunteers alongside Rob Jessee of the Jessee Realty Group brokered by RealStar Realtors. Both Carla and Rob volunteer their expertise in this class because they…

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TAP 2020 Black History Month Event

TAP Hosts 2020 Black History Event

Join us for this FREE community event! TAP’s annual Black History Month celebration will be held on February 18, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. The event will feature entertainment, guest speakers, and an awards ceremony, followed by a soul food luncheon prepared by Morning Star Baptist Church. This year, we’ll continue…

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TAP Director of Energy Conservation and Housing Rehab

ECHR Director Brings New Perspective

There’s a new leader on the scene in our Energy Conservation and Housing Rehab (ECHR) component. Bringing a unique advantage John O’Donnell took the reins of the component over the summer and has since hit the ground running. John has years of experience in the housing and construction field. Before coming to TAP, he worked…

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ECHR Program supporter

An Advocate Brings Funding to TAP Programs

A Conversation with Billy Weitzenfeld Billy Weitzenfeld is the executive director of the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP), a role he’s served in for 20 years. This nonprofit group promotes and advocates for energy conservation, and serves as a support and resource group for Virginia’s Weatherization Assistance Program. TAP is a founding member of…

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Superheros

Join Our Team

This is the last in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. To read the series from the beginning click here.   If you’ve been following along with this series, you’ve met your teammates in the battle against poverty, Sirois,…

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Meet Taetz

This is the fourth in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See first post. See next post.   NAME: Taetz, M. Alias: “Hibachi Slim” D.O.B: 05/94 LOCATION: Roanoke, VA PSYCH EVAL: Experienced family trauma in youth. Wary of the…

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Sirois veteran program client

Meet Sirois

This is the third in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See first post. See next post.   NAME: Sirois, M. ALIAS: “Vatic” D.O.B: 12/91 LOCATION: Roanoke, VA PSYCH EVAL: Stress, anger PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 5’10”, brown hair, brown eyes…

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Isobel TAP Domestic Violence Services client

Meet Isobel

This is the second in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See first post. See next post.   NAME: XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ALIAS: “Aegis,” “Isobel” CATCHPHRASE: “Today’s the time.” D.O.B: 4/79 LOCATION: Veracruz, Mexico; Roanoke, VA PSYCH EVAL: Depressed, hopeless, afraid…

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TAP CEO Handing off your "mission"

Operation Vanguard

This is the first in a series of posts about the battle against poverty, your role in the battle, and some of your allies in the fight. See next post.   Two days ago, at 2307 hours, our allies intercepted encoded communications meant for ranking members of our enemy’s organization. Upon decryption, the communication yielded…

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TAP Supporters

Three Myths About Volunteering at TAP Tax Clinic

Most people say they want to volunteer. Most also have a hard time committing. TAP’s Tax Clinic, however, has run since 2002 because some dedicated volunteers make the time and commitment to help their neighbors claim their hard-earned money each year. Each year, with the help of volunteers, we file over 1,000 free tax returns…

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