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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 & Food Help in Shenandoah 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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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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People Incorporated of VA

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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Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter

Provides temporary shelter and supportive services designed to enable clients to achieve independence. Helps make available interest-free loans towards payment of rent or mortgage for Shenandoah County residents. Provides a transitional housing program and Help-Link services to local churches and local relief programs P.O.Box 241
Maurertown, VA 22644
(540) 436-3202
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Shenandoah County Pregnancy Center

Provides education, assistance and referrals to families who are struggling with the stress of an unexpected pregnancy or parenting. Education includes pregancy and parenting options, pre-natal care, parenting and life skills. Assistance includes maternity clothes, baby supplies, children's clothes and transportation to Dr. visits. Services are free and confidential 28 Cedarwood Lane
Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 984-4673
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Skyline Cap Inc. Head Start

Provides comprehensive preschool services to at-risk children. Serves children on an income basis and accepts children with disabilities.  532 S. Main Street
Madison, VA 22727
(540) 727-3916
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A Small Hand

Provides help to infants (newborn to 36 months) in Shenandoah County in the form of a week's supply of formula, food, disposable diapers and wet-wipes, plus gently used clothing and baby items as donations permit. Open each Thursday from 9-11 and from 5-7. Services for children on WIC or WIC-Eligible. Call or e-mail before first visit. Edinburg Christian Church
 210 Center Street

Edinburg, VA 22824
(540) 933-6313
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Woodstock Clothes Closet

Operates with donations of clothing and small household items from people in the community. A store is stocked with seasonal clothing at all times. Provides free clothing to people in need. With items sold to customers, quarterly monetary donations to local organizations are made. 110 E. High Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540) 459-2306
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