ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge and the City of Roanoke Redevelopment Housing Authority (RRHA) have been awarded a $55,000 grant from the Roanoke Women’s Foundation to support the new EnVision Center in the old Melrose Library.
The Envision Center is currently operating in a temporary home at The Villages at Lincoln until renovations can be completed in the new location.
The grant will allow the establishment of a computer lab for employment and educational needs, equipment for telehealth to be provided on-site, and more technology to improve accessibility.
Residents will be able to visit the Center to access multiple services at once and move forward on the path toward self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Last year, the RRHA received the designation of an Envision Center site by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Center’s goals are focused on four main priorities: Economic Empowerment, Educational Advancement, Health and Wellness, and Character in Leadership.
To accomplish this mission, the Center is a uniquely collaborative project and will allow individuals to connect with many community partners in one space.
Both Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge and RRHA will be present on-site, along with multiple other agencies and organizations that will contribute toward the four priorities.
“These kinds of collaborations allow us all to better serve our clients and reach those in need, and it’s even better when we can do it in a location that is convenient and accessibly to our local communities.”Morgan Romeo, Executive Director of Virginia Career Works – Blue Ridge