Community Involvement

NMO-UMC partners with various groups throughout Giles County and the New River Valley in serving the the neediest individuals and families in our community.  The following are PDFs of resources available in Giles, Montgomery, and across the NRV:

 

Books for Children

NMO-UMC is collecting new and gently-used books for the area’s most vulnerable children.  These books are then distributed through Early Head Start, the Child Health Improvement Partnership program (CHIP), Literacy Volunteers of the NRV, the Giles Early Education Project (GEEP) as well as through the ten “little libraries” that are located throughout the county.  The Resource Mothers and Baby Care programs through the Virginia Department of Health will also be receiving quality infant and toddler books.  The Resource Mothers program mentors pregnant teens through the birth and the baby’s first year.  The Baby Care program is a visiting nurse program for high-risk infants up to the age of two.  Books can be placed in the donation box in the Fellowship Hall or you can make a tax deductible donation at https://support.firstbook.org/fundraiser/1616932 towards to the purchase of quality infant, toddler, and children’s books.  Please see Penny Livesay if you have any questions.

 

To Our House

The To Our House Winter Shelter program has entered its 9th sheltering season (November 3, 2018—March 29, 2019).  This year, TOH is accepting single women not in imminent danger of domestic violence.  Guests are housed in churches across the New River Valley for a week or two at a time.  During their stay, guests enjoy a hot evening meal, breakfast, and a bag lunch.  TOH’s goal is to connect these guests with resources that lead to employment, housing, and personal economic sustainability.  Since 2011, TOH volunteers have served over 27,000 meals and sheltered 317 guests, with 110 guests more permanent housing and 76 finding employment.  TOH also offers shelter and advocacy for homeless military veterans.  TOH is a program of New River Community Action and a United Way partner agency.  Find out more by visiting www.ToOurHouse.org or visit TOH on Facebook.  Recently, a Homeless Hotline has been established that can be reached 24-hours/day, 365 days/year for anyone finding themselves with no place to stay on a given night.  Call (540) 633-5133, option 2, to check the availability of a shelter bed in our community.

TOH 2018-19 Brochure  TOH 2018-19 Brochure

TOH 2018-19 Poster  TOH 2018-19 Poster

The Giles County Christian Service Mission is a non-profit, inter-denominational, outreach ministry that has been serving the neediest Giles County households for over fifty years.  The goal of the Mission is to assist families and individuals with chronic needs due to low or fixed incomes and offer emergency assistance for those who have experienced sudden loss of employment or other crisis who meet 200% or below federal poverty income guidelines.  The work of the Mission is made possible through the generous support of churches, businesses, individuals and community service organizations.  The Mission is located at 516 Wenonah Avenue in downtown Pearisburg and is open Monday—Saturday from 10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.  Last year, the Mission distributed over $165,000 in food, clothing, diapers, back-to-school supplies, and emergency assistance.  In 2017, the Mission entered into a partnership with New River Community Action to better coordinate services and more efficiently deploy financial and in-kind resources.  In early 2018, the Mission increased its service capacity by 30% through the acquisition of an adjacent building.

Little Feet Baby & Toddler Shop

The purpose of Child Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) is to assist low-income families with children up to the age of six and pregnant women with access to medical and dental services and act as a link to other human service organizations/providers in the NRV.  CHIP’s early intervention services, provided by a nurse and a home visitor team, include helping families make and keep appointments and follow physician recommendations, educational home visits, parenting education, helping families set and reach personal and family goals, transportation to medical and dental appointments, medical case management, and referrals to other community-based services to help meet the multifaceted needs of families.  The Giles County CHIP program operates the Little Feet Baby & Toddler Shop (211 East Main Street, Narrows) that provides clothing, books, toys, and other necessities, to families in need.  Store hours are: Mondays & Tuesdays 10 a.m.-Noon, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1-3 p.m., and Fridays from Noon-2 p.m.

The Giles County Emergency Shelter (aka The Hope House)

2018 Hope House Brochure

Located at 138 Old Virginia Avenue in Narrows, the Giles County Shelter, also known as the Hope House, provides emergency housing for Giles residents who have lost their home due to fire, flood, eviction, or other housing crisis.  With all the comforts of home, the Hope House offers a safe and clean environment for individuals and families trying to rebuild their lives.  While residing at the Hope House, assistance is also provided to connect them with supportive services that promote and enhance self-sufficiency and stability.  As a duplex, the shelter can house two different family units simultaneously.  Look for the Hope House on Facebook or online at gilescountyhopehouse.com.  In 2017, the two unites were occupied for 479 days, sheltering a total of 26 guests.  Since 2013, the Hope House has sheltered 161 people for a total of 2,473 days.  In case of immediate need, contact shelter coordinator David Carico at (540) 599-1290.

There are approximately 2,000 adults in Giles County without a high school diploma or equivalency, and of those, 1,000 adults have less than a ninth-grade education.  If you or someone you know would like to “skill up” to seek positive life changes through literacy, Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley may be able to help.  Program participation is confidential.  Volunteers are also needed to tutor Giles County adults to help them improve literacy and language skills for increased independence and better employment.  Tutoring, which is one-to-one or small group, takes place at public locations and days/times that are convenient to both the tutor and the adult learner.  Volunteer tutors are asked to make a minimum of a one-year commitment and meet with their students 1-3 hours per week.  For more information, call (540) 382-7262, visit www.lvnrv.org, or email info@lvnrv.org.