Warren County agencies raise funds for emergency shelter

Warren County agencies like the Warren Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Blue Ridge Housing Network, Social Services, Bridge of Hope, the Phoenix Project and the Hope and Rest Temporary Shelter are coming together to raise funds to provide emergency shelter options for women and children.

Currently, no shelters in the area dedicated to women and children.

The funds will support emergency shelter in motels with the goal of ensuring families are safe while they look for long-term options.

The fundraising drive will run from May 11th – May 18th and will include door prizes from local businesses.

Donations of $5 will receive one door prize ticket.

Donations of $20 will receive five tickets.

To make a monetary gift directly to the program, write a check to “Warren Coalition” and write “Emergency Shelter” in the memo line.

The check can be sent to Warren Coalition, PO Box 2058, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Donations may also be made online here; select “Emergency Shelter for Women and Children” in the “Note” section.

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Warren Coalition accepting auditions for Youth Have Talent

The Warren Coalition is now accepting virtual auditions for the annual Youth Have Talent Contest.

Singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, and all of the area’s talented youth are invited to showcase their skills by submitting a video to the Warren Coalition website.

Auditions will be accepted until April 1st and then the Coalition will select participants for the live show at 2 pm on Sunday, April 14th at Warren County High School.

Winners will be selected in both music and non-music categories with cash prizes up for grabs.

To participate, contestants must be between the ages of 11-18 and live in Warren County.

A full list of guidelines is available here.

To submit an audition, click here

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News Maker Celeste Brooks on Global Day of Unplugging

Warren Coalition is asking us to participate in the Global Day of Unplugging March 1 and 2.

We spoke with Warren Coalition’s Community Outreach Coordinator Celeste Brooks about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County Where History, Nature, and Family Come Together.

Celeste tells us about the idea behind the Global Day of Unplugging including some history behind the event.

She also tells us that where the idea behind Global Day of Unplugging is total disconnect Warren Coalition is simply asking us not to use our phones for 24 hours.

Celeste also tells us that Warren Coalition has activities to do during the 24 hours and incentives to participate. 

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News Maker Celeste Brooks on a short term food drive

After finding that the need for food is so great that local food pantries are running low on supplies the Warren Coalition launched a short term food drive.

We spoke to Warren Coalition’s Community Outreach Coordinator Celeste Brooks about the need and drive in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County.

Experience Warren County, Where History, Nature and Family Come Together.

Celeste tells us how Warren Coalition found out about the desperate need.

She also tells us where nonperishable food donations are being collected and when the drive ends.

Celeste tells us that all donations are desperately needed not just for this drive but the annual Camping for Hunger Campaign because the need is that great this year.

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Warren Coalition offers Trauma support training

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The Warren Coalition is partnering with the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative to host a free, in-person Trauma-Supportive Training and Certification course on November 8th from 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Warren County Community Center.

Trauma Supportive Training teaches the knowledge and skills required to support those affected by trauma and toxic stress.

Participants will learn resilience based practices that are applicable to any setting.

They also will learn about strategies to address hidden effects of trauma and toxic stress and to foster resilience in the individual and community.

Registration for the event and attendees must complete the Trauma Informed Certification before attending.

A class will be offered for that on November 1st at the Community Center.

A link to register for the Trauma Informed Certifications is available here.

A link for the Course 2 training is available here.

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Trauma informed training

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Warren Coalition is offering a free course in Trauma-Informed Training and Certification I on November 1, 2023, from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Warren County Community Center.

We all interact with others every day, and sometimes we are left wondering why we snapped, or why the other person acted so rudely.

Sometimes those interactions can leave us feeling lonely, anxious, or as if we are not good enough.

Trauma-Informed Certification provides you with a different perspective.

There’s nothing “wrong” with you or the other person.

The question to ask, both yourself and others, is “What happened to you?”

This allows you to approach yourself and others from a place of understanding.

Attendees must attend the full session to receive a Trauma-Informed Certification.

This course is offered free of charge to community members.

Registration is required, please use this link to register.

The class will be taught by Christa Shifflett, Executive Director of the Warren Coalition.

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Celebrate kids day rain or shine

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The Warren Coalition and Warren County Parks and Recreation are celebrating our community rain or shine.

Many of the activities schedule for Sunday, September 24th,  were able to be moved inside the 15th Street gym.

There will be pumpkin painting, inflatables, a cake walk and music to name a few activities.

The pitch burst will still be operating outside.

The rain should taper off, so the petting zoo and pony rides are as scheduled.

Up to date information can be found on the here.

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Warren Coalition selects Health Video Contest winners

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The Warren Coalition announced the winners of their annual Health Video Contest.

This year’s first place prizes went to Gerald Buhl, of Warren County Middle School, and Abigail Rodman, a local homeschool student.

This was Gerald’s second time winning the contest which was open to all middle school students, ages 11-14, in Warren County during the spring semester.

Students could chose to submit a video on a variety of topics including getting enough sleep, regular exercise, drinking water, or maintaining healthy eating habits.

Both Gerald and Abigail focused on the importance of exercise in their videos with some help from their younger siblings.

Gerald discussed weightlifting in his video and Abigail provided tips on exercising without equipment.

Both winners took home a $125.00 Amazon gift card which they plan to share with their siblings.

The contest was part of the Warren Coalition’s WAHOO, Working to Achieve Healthy Outcomes and Opportunities, program which is funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

Their videos will be used throughout Warren County later this year as healthy living ads.

For Abigail’s video, click here, and for Gerald’s video, click here.

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Warren Coalition hosts fentanyl discussion with special guest

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The Warren Coalition is holding a presentation titled “Fentanyl 101: Understanding the New Weapon of Mass Destruction” on Tuesday, May 23rd at Samuels Public Library.

The event will have a special guest speaker to start the presentation in the Honorable James “Jim” Carroll, a former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The presentation will be offered at noon and again at 6:30 pm.

Carroll will only be attending the noon session.

Warren Coalition Executive Director Christa Shifflett will speak at both sessions about the basics and trends surrounding fentanyl including how opioids affect the body, tips for preventing misuse, and how to help those struggling with addiction.

A Q&A session will follow each presentation and feel free to bring lunch or dinner with you.

For more information on the event, email wc@warrencoalition.org.

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Local agencies raise funds for emergency shelter

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The Warren Coalition, Blue Ridge Housing Network and Thermal Shelter announced by email and effort to raise funds for an emergency women and children’s shelter.

The need has been identified in the community as there is currently no shelter in the area.

Women with their children are often forced to sleep in their car or risk losing their children due to a temporary setback.

The group has established a short term goal of raising enough funds to support a mother and her children for up to two weeks at a hotel.

The long term goal is to rent an apartment for a year that is available to families in need.

A booth at the Wine & Craft Festival on May 20th will have more information and donation opportunities.

Handmade Ugandan bracelets will be available for purchase.

Donations over $5 will be entered into drawings for various prizes.

If you would like to help by donating prizes for the drawing contact Warren Coalition Community Outreach Coordinator Celeste Brooks at celeste@warrencoalition.org or 540-660-3367.

Donations to the emergency shelter can be made online at warrencoalition.org or by a check payable to “Warren Coalition” with “Emergency Shelter” written on the memo line.

Any donations can also be mailed to Warren Coalition, PO Box 2058, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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