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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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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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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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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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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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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. Because of this, Sabrina’s…

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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

Helping students with big challenges

One of the biggest challenges for students in our youth programs is that even though they spend their days in a positive, future-oriented setting, each night they must return to what Rob Wormley describes as a “hard core urban environment,” where gun violence, robbery, and drug dealing are the norm. But most of the students,…

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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

TAP Books accepts donated books and more

TAP Books accepts donated books and more. TAP Books set up shop in 2019 as our agency’s latest social enterprise. The program, which sells donated books online, helps to fund TAP programs while creating jobs and giving disenfranchised people the chance to build job skills. Books and more Many employment opportunities exclude those with a…

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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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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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