Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides pandemic friendly programming

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — The Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community in the valley to find information on mental and physical health.



The Shenandoah LGBTQ center stays connected with the community in various ways, despite the pandemic.


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The Shenandoah LGBTQ center stays connected with the community in various ways, despite the pandemic.

Emily Sproul is the executive director of the organization. Sproul said the center has works with communities in the Valley to educate them on how to be more affirming on the LGBTQ community.

Throughout the pandemic, the center has tried various ways to stay connected, including weekly online check-ins, youth groups and picnics in parks.

“Specifically it is not mental health support, but it does support the mental health of our clients to be able to connect with each other, to have a safe space just to talk and catch up, be social and feel as normal as we can during this time,” Sproul explained.

Sproul said family conflict is aggravated by the stress and isolation of the pandemic.

“We’ve had a lot of people who are calling looking for mental health resources that we have been able to refer to some of our partners like ARROW and Allied Transformations. We refer folks to them and they can do telehealth. We’re also just a place people call to talk things through sometimes,” Sproul said.

Sproul said one thing the organization learned, is to be proactive.

“Depression is incredibly difficult and prevalent during this time and it makes it difficult for people to reach out when they need help. We have to be proactive. We call and text our regular clients to make sure that they are doing okay and to see if they need anything,” Sproul explained.

The Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center plans to hold a picnic this Saturday, October 17,

Brockton community center goes virtual, provides free, family friendly programming amid COVID – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA

The Brockton Family and Community Center first opened in North Middle School in January to offer free, family friendly programming to members of the community.

BROCKTON — With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the Brockton Family and Community Center to close its physical doors to the public just a couple months after its opening, providers at the center have gone virtual to continue serving the community.

The Brockton Family and Community Center first opened in North Middle School in January to offer free, family friendly programming to members of the community in the evenings and on weekends using CORI-approved providers. With the school anticipated to sit empty for over a year before renovations on the building begin, school officials and members of the community teamed up to use the space in the meantime for the community center.

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But the closure of nonessential businesses and organizations in March forced them to close and try moving operations online. Virtual offerings have included parenting classes and family engagement activities, support groups, assistance in applying for scholarships and financial aid, tutoring, robotics and resume help. When the building was open, other services included theater classes, English classes, pick-up basketball games and Zumba classes.

One virtual activity includes free yoga classes and one-on-one sessions by Johanne Barthold, an Ashtanga and hatha yoga provider. While she’s had a couple participants so far, Barthold said she’s trying to get the word out about her class, especially with the benefits yoga has with mindfulness and relaxation, providing non-strenuous physical activity and helping with conditions, such as

Action 1 Restoration New Website Focuses on Being User Friendly and Having More Useful Resources – Press Release

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / October 5, 2020 / Action 1 Restoration is pleased to announce the launch of their newly redesigned website. This is in keeping with their desire to be a company that is always progressive and strives to give their customers the best possible experience when working with them. The main focus of the new website was to make it as user friendly as possible and to provide potential customers with many useful resources. This reputable New York-based restoration company has assembled teams of the best contractors from coast to coast that are ready to respond quickly to any type of water, storm, or fire damage situations.

The company’s CEO, Eduardo Sapp, says, “We are always looking for ways to improve our services and to enhance our customers’ experience with us. A big part of that is having a modern website that’s easy to navigate around and gets people quickly to the exact information on our company that they are interested in. That’s why we made redesigning our website over the last few months a huge priority for us here at Action 1 Restoration. We are extremely pleased with the way that our redesigned website turned out and we believe our customers will be too.”

Sapp went on to say that all of their emergency restoration services are explained in more detail than ever before on the newly redesigned website. He gave as an example their water damage restoration services. There is now an entire webpage dedicated to this aspect of the business that discusses how the contractors that work with Action1Restoration are experts when it comes to water removal & extraction and how they use sophisticated equipment to handle such steps as drying & dehumidification. The company CEO says that this dedicated section also talks