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Entrepreneurs fashion masks for colleagues, area residents

Iris Park making cloth face mask.

by Shawn Nowlin

At this point there is no denying the seriousness of COVID-19. The coronavirus, which spreads mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, has already cost 63 Virginians their lives.

No one is immune to the disease. While seniors are the most susceptible, adults, teenagers and children can also catch the virus. Medical-grade masks, face shields and neck gaiters are all currently in short supply. Continue reading Entrepreneurs fashion masks for colleagues, area residents

Roanoke Links launch “Growing up GREAT” program for youth

‘Links Self esteem session” – A session on self-esteem with Dr. Deneen Evans, owner of Mosaic Mental Wellness and Health, included a viewing of the Oscar-winning documentary “Hair Love.”

The Roanoke (VA) Chapter of The Link, Inc. this year launched a comprehensive youth mentoring program, “Linked to Success: Growing up GREAT.”

Under the direction of the chapter’s “Services to Youth” facet, educational sessions were provided weekly to fourth-graders who attend the 21st Century After-School Program at Roanoke’s Hurt Park Elementary School. Continue reading Roanoke Links launch “Growing up GREAT” program for youth


by Dina Hackley-Hunt,
Director of Education and Outreach

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SARA-Roanoke stands at the forefront of the battle to eliminate sexual violence against all women. However it is critical to note that according to the U.S. Department of Justice, African-American girls and women experience higher rates of rape and sexual assault than their Caucasian, Asian and Latina counterparts. Continue reading SARA-Roanoke

Feeding SWVA announces sponsorship of emergency feeding under SFSP

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants at each site. Continue reading Feeding SWVA announces sponsorship of emergency feeding under SFSP

A House (or Nation) Divided . . .

As old as time itself is the game of “divide and conquer.” According to St. Mark 3:24-25, “If a kingdom be divided against itself it cannot stand.” Neither can a house divided against itself stand and most certainly nor can a nation divided against itself. Yet we allow ourselves to become such easy prey by being so easily divided, controlled and subsequently conquered through our multiple prejudices—or “pride” if we chose to dress it up as such. Actually the only difference between the two is who has it! If it’s yours it’s prejudice–if its mine, its pride! Continue reading A House (or Nation) Divided . . .