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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 Clarke County

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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FISH of Clarke County

A group of people banded together to provide strength and support to the troubled and needy. Counselors interview applicants for financial assistance and volunteers man clothing and food banks. Aims to meet needs without causing dependency. 36 E. Main Street
Berryville, VA 22611
(540) 955-1823
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Help with Housing, Inc.

Provides emergency 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

People Incorporated of Virginia

Provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their communities. Provides Project Discovery (college preparation and site visits), low-income multi-family housing, financial literacy classes, and consumer  loans to area residents. 118 S. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-9096
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