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DCHS Connect Features


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Learn more about a new six-week support group for men who are survivors of sexual abuse and two yoga sessions for survivors of sexual assault.

1/22/2021 3:30:06 PM

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Bus Driver Supervisor Sadina Vanison is the 2021 recipient of the City of Alexandria Dr. Martin Luther King Spirit Award, awarded each year to a City employee who exemplifies Dr. King’s leadership and vision.

1/22/2021 3:42:14 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

1/22/2021 3:37:07 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

1/15/2021 1:52:08 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

1/8/2021 10:56:42 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

12/30/2020 8:43:14 AM

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Event included coping resources for dealing with stress and change during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights of SAPCA's accomplishments and goals. 

12/23/2020 10:07:45 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

12/23/2020 9:12:22 AM

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The report, now online, was presented during a community meeting last month hosted by ACAP, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. 

12/23/2020 8:51:00 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

12/19/2020 5:22:57 AM

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Individual and collective stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise. Learn how to access resources to help cope with pandemic-related anxiety, holiday stress, racial trauma, mental health crises and substance use issues.


12/11/2020 10:32:32 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

12/14/2020 12:31:41 PM

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Help raise awareness on social media by sharing pictures of window clings and “stickered” delivery boxes and bags.

12/11/2020 10:19:36 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

12/4/2020 1:53:00 PM

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Support families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault during the upcoming holidays by donating gift cards. 

12/4/2020 1:55:11 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

11/25/2020 10:34:21 AM

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The City and community partners will continue to offer resources related to food, child care, rental assistance and eviction prevention after state-allocated federal CARES Act funding ends over the next few weeks.

11/24/2020 1:55:27 PM

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Fourteen children and youth have found their forever families in Alexandria so far this year.  

11/20/2020 1:31:31 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

11/20/2020 1:14:38 PM

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Re-Employing Virginians and Fast Forward Virginia are two new programs helping Virginians gain skills and credentials in high demand fields and get back to work.

11/16/2020 3:09:06 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

11/13/2020 2:15:12 PM

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Learn how you can get involved in raising awareness and ending hunger and homelessness in Alexandria.

11/9/2020 2:34:40 PM

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To meet the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families affected by the crisis, the City is offering a Micro Pod Child Care program as well as other traditional child care arrangements at no cost to eligible working parents while slots are available.

11/6/2020 2:10:39 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

11/6/2020 6:54:33 AM

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The Medicare health insurance program encourages all enrollees to review their plans to ensure the plans meet their needs. Open enrollment ends December 7. 

11/5/2020 8:39:15 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

10/30/2020 9:46:47 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

10/22/2020 1:37:27 PM

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The Workforce Development Center is partnering in a regional effort to provide support and services to Northern Virginians whose employment has been affected by the reduction in air travel.

10/21/2020 3:13:20 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

10/22/2020 1:32:43 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

10/9/2020 2:54:39 PM

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Follow DCHS on Facebook and Twitter to #PowerUpNOVA, raise awareness and encourage others recognize and eliminate domestic violence and support survivors.

10/9/2020 10:33:43 AM

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Task Force goals include reducing the number of evictions in Alexandria, diminishing the impact of eviction on residents and developing and implementing a long term eviction prevention strategy that addresses the needs of residents and property owners. 

10/9/2020 10:24:21 AM

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Learn how to obtain this free, easy-to-use nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose.

10/9/2020 10:13:10 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks.

10/2/2020 3:27:06 PM

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Learn about guidance regarding accessing COVID-19 relief and access a fact sheet and chart illustrating the impact certain benefits may have on public charge determinations. 

10/27/2020 10:03:09 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks. 

9/25/2020 4:06:32 PM

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Help support and bring holiday cheer to local low-income families, older adults and adults with disabilities, and children and youth in foster care. 

9/25/2020 11:26:37 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families in need or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with your neighbors and networks. 

9/18/2020 11:59:34 AM

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Annual event provides opportunities for family caregivers, volunteers working with older adults, and professionals in aging and related services to learn new ways to engage with and provide care for individuals with dementia.

9/18/2020 9:34:22 AM

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Share these resources for individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need with your neighbors and networks. 

9/11/2020 3:00:31 PM

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DCHS received a $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help fight food insecurity during the pandemic.

9/14/2020 7:17:45 AM

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and DCHS encourages residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health.

9/13/2020 5:03:37 PM

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Share these resources for individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or those in need with your neighbors and networks. 

9/3/2020 4:24:02 PM

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Looking for child care options? Watch a video of the "Virtual Child Care Open House" on August 19, which showcased current child care programs available in Alexandria.

8/31/2020 1:57:21 PM

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Join us in raising awareness and understanding of addiction prevention and treatment. Find out how you can add your support on International Overdose Awareness Day and during National Recovery Month.

8/27/2020 9:35:23 AM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

8/26/2020 3:19:30 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

8/20/2020 2:36:30 PM

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On Friday, August 14, the City of Alexandria reported that it has responded to nine substance-related, nonfatal drug overdoses since July 24. Learn how to help someone overdosing on opioids and treatment options.

8/14/2020 1:44:04 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

8/14/2020 12:39:31 PM

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Text line will provide Spanish speaking subscribers with accurate and timely information that is important to them and their families throughout COVID-19 and thereafter. 

8/7/2020 12:34:14 PM

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Follow DCHS on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest information and updates on programs and resources to support the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of all Alexandrians.

8/7/2020 12:30:41 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

8/7/2020 12:26:09 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

7/31/2020 8:14:45 AM

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Learn about options for healthcare and COVID-19 testing for those without insurance or who are underinsured. 

7/30/2020 1:29:27 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

7/16/2020 6:42:24 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

7/9/2020 12:16:48 PM

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July is Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Month, and DCHS is highlighting the importance of mental health awareness for BIPOC, people in LGBTQ+ communities, immigrants and other groups. 

7/9/2020 7:54:49 AM

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Initiative supports Alexandria's workforce and employers by offering events, services and training remotely and online.

7/7/2020 12:04:12 PM

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Call and text line helps parents and caregivers manage the stress of parenting during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing parenting advice, support and tips to help navigate parenting issues.

7/6/2020 4:35:18 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

7/2/2020 9:06:30 AM

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Thanks to Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center, DCHS clients and staff have additional resources to help support their mental health needs. 

6/26/2020 1:56:36 PM

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The 2020 Annual Point-in-Time Count reveals a 5% increase in persons experiencing homelessness in Alexandria from 2019 and highlights racial disparities in the homeless population.

6/26/2020 9:47:40 AM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

6/26/2020 9:37:03 AM

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DCHS programs have expanded access to mental health and healthcare treatment and resources through telehealth so Alexandria residents can get the support they need.

6/18/2020 3:39:00 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

6/18/2020 1:46:33 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents.

6/11/2020 3:44:40 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

6/4/2020 11:17:31 AM

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Alexandria residents are invited to #StrideWithRefugees and #StepWithRefugees, two campaigns to raise awareness and support of refugees in Alexandria and around the world.

6/4/2020 11:06:03 AM

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On June 2, the City of Alexandria and community leaders will come together for the first in a series of virtual town halls in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black man, who died at the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. 

6/2/2020 11:04:02 AM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

5/28/2020 1:18:36 PM

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As programs and services have moved to Assistance from a Distance, DCHS staff have adapted and even increased service options in a wide variety of ways in the past three months. 

5/28/2020 10:50:47 AM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

5/21/2020 1:57:33 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

5/13/2020 9:07:03 AM

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Learn how to support resource families and children in foster care during the COVID-19 crisis.

5/11/2020 4:12:24 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

5/6/2020 4:12:55 PM

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Weeklong event includes events and daily resilience-building activities to help Alexandrians bounce back from difficult experiences, like the COVID-19 crisis.

4/30/2020 1:20:17 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

4/29/2020 3:23:48 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

4/21/2020 12:46:40 PM

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and SAPCA reminds Alexandrians of the dangers of substance misuse and the importance of incorporating healthy coping practices as one component of building resilient families, youth and communities.

4/21/2020 12:50:36 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

4/14/2020 1:05:17 PM

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Share these recent updates and newly added resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents. 

4/6/2020 11:36:46 AM

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COVID-19 is having a dramatic effect on everyone’s daily lives, and it can be even more challenging for survivors and victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Learn about resources for survivors and victims and how you can support them.

3/30/2020 10:40:02 AM

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Read and share important information, resources and services with others, particularly those who are in need and vulnerable residents, including those who may not have access to traditional media.

3/28/2020 2:44:44 PM

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In the predawn hours on January 23, a group of 15 volunteers headed out into Alexandria streets and parks to engage individuals experiencing homelessness.

2/4/2020 11:52:07 AM

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See how the Heard Arts Program brings creative expression to people who are marginalized including those in substance use recovery, in jail and in the Domestic Violence Safe House. 


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The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria hosted a town hall on December 10 to share tools parents and community members can use to prevent underage drinking.

12/13/2019 4:13:09 PM

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On November 23 at the Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, DCHS recognized the adoptions of 21 children by 14 families who opened their hearts to raise, love and provide a safe home for the children to thrive and grow.

12/13/2019 3:41:31 PM

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The Alexandria Treatment Court offers an alternative to jail for people accused of nonviolent felonies with significant substance use disorders--and it is already making a difference in the lives of five individuals.

12/13/2019 4:13:36 PM

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DCHS releases its 2019 Community Impact Report, which shares key accomplishments, important data and stories of people’s lives that were changed.

1/13/2020 12:44:36 PM

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Choosing a college can be challenging for teens—even more so for youth who are the first in their family to attend college. Project Discovery helps first-generation and other college-bound students access and prepare for opportunities in higher education.

12/5/2019 9:49:32 AM

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Amid growing concern over dangers associated with e-cigarettes, use of these products among high school and middle school students is increasing—a concern SAPCA and other regional advocates discussed during a roundtable hosted by Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. 

11/20/2019 1:39:23 PM

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Alexandria Police Department Lieutenant Mike Kochis saves the life of a man who overdosed on opioids. Read his story—and learn how you too can save a life.


10/8/2019 11:24:09 AM

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The Workforce Development Center and Upwardly Global recently partnered to form a program that aims to help immigrants secure career pathways through job readiness workshops, English Language resources, reskilling scholarships and career advising. 

10/4/2019 9:26:37 AM

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Alexandria organizations and programs are coming together across disciplines and collaborating to form the City's first trauma informed care network.


10/4/2019 9:26:12 AM

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An Alexandria Fire Department medic uses mindfulness to help an Alexandria resident through a panic attack.


10/4/2019 9:23:14 AM

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When Alexandria resident Henry Johnson went to the ER with a serious eye infection, he admits he was scared, but one thing was a huge relief: For the first time in his adult life, he didn’t have to weigh his health against a huge medical bill he couldn’t afford.

10/4/2019 9:47:55 AM

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