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The Problem: Effects of Poverty on Children (source: WebAPA.org)

• Linked with negative conditions such as substandard housing, homelessness, inadequate nutrition and food insecurity, inadequate child care, lack of access to health care, unsafe neighborhoods, and under-resourced schools.

• Greater risk for negative outcomes such as poor academic achievement, school dropout, abuse and neglect, behavioral and socio-emotional problems, physical health problems, and developmental delays.

The Solution: Connecting to resources in your community can help


• Improved nutrition, increased environmental stimulation, emotional support, and secure attachment to parents/caregivers can compensate for early under-nutrition.

• Babies who receive enough nutrition while in the womb appear to show higher cognitive performance in later childhood

• Breastfeeding, attentive caretaking, and attention to environmental factors can promote healthy development

• Adequate housing has positive outcomes on the healthy development of children

Clothing, Housing, and Food Help in the City of Winchester

American Red Cross

The Top of Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross is a volunteer-led, humanitarian organization, supported by committed staff members, that provides relief to disaster victims and helps people to prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. Provides aid to military families, blood services, disaster relief, and health and safety instruction.  561 Fortress Drive 
Winchester, VA 22603
(540) 662-5412
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Department of Social Services

Temporary assistance programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Foster Care Services. 24 Baker St.
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-3807
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Help with Housing, Inc.

Provides energency home repairs to low income home owners in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. 301 Josephine Street
P.O. Box 124
Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-1706
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The Laurel Center

Empowers victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing emergency housing, advocacy, support services and education. We reach out to our community through education and awareness programs. P.O. Box 14
Winchester VA, 22604