DCHS Connect News & Highlights

Page updated on Jan 13, 2022 at 3:21 PM

DCHS Connect News and Highlights

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The new system aims at improving the response to behavioral health crises, ensuring that such crises are responded to in a clinically appropriate manner, including a reduction in police involvement. 

1/13/2022 1:16:04 PM

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The meetings will be held virtually every Tuesday, starting January 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for six consecutive weeks. The group is open for age 18 and up from all genders.

1/13/2022 1:18:28 PM

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The classes are meant to help participants improve their financial life, manage budget, improve income stability, advance monetary education, and reduce and eliminate debts.

1/13/2022 1:22:03 PM

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Besides providing regular services to the community, those sites also offer short-term relief from the cold during winter days, free on-site Wi-Fi and power sources to charge personal devices and portable electronic gadgets.

1/13/2022 1:29:08 PM

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Locally, the plan is intended to help residents who lost their careers due to plant closures, company downsizing, or some other significant change in market conditions, especially during the coronavirus pandemic which triggered a significant job loss in the labor market.

1/13/2022 3:21:55 PM

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The relocation plan supports and aligns with the Department’s values, mission and vision of a community in which residents enjoy a sense of well-being, safety and self-sufficiency.

1/13/2022 1:35:09 PM

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The first of its kind resource is a digital platform that includes a website; a social media component; graphics and visual narratives.

12/16/2021 9:46:13 AM

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SNAP and WIC recipients can avoid the five-cent bag fee when shopping at grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores by using their own bags. 

12/16/2021 9:13:27 AM

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Beginning February 2, 2022, the meetings will be hosted on Wednesdays for six weeks during lunch from 11:19 a.m. to 12:33 p.m. 

12/16/2021 9:00:38 AM

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The City of Alexandria’s overnight winter shelter services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness are now available in two locations.

11/30/2021 10:40:18 AM

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The Parent Infant Education program (PIE) will be hosting a two-day family engagement event on November 17 and November 19.

11/11/2021 3:10:02 PM

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Senior Services of Alexandria is seeking volunteers to distribute meals to a number of families with children in the city during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday.

11/11/2021 8:39:55 AM

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The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Access Program (CHAP) is providing health care coverage with no monthly payments to 75 City of Alexandria residents. 

11/11/2021 11:37:49 AM

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The City of Alexandria invites the public to help make the 2021 holiday season brighter for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

11/30/2021 2:14:17 PM

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The 30-Day Racial Equity Challenge is an educational tool used to advance deeper understanding of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. 

10/28/2021 11:57:39 AM

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The City of Alexandria’s Department of Community and Human Services is accepting applications for the Fuel Assistance Program through Friday, November 12. 

10/28/2021 12:02:48 PM

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Alexandria residents can make changes to their Medicare prescription drug plans during Medicare Open Enrollment: October 15 - December 7, 2021. 

10/28/2021 12:05:43 PM

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Members of Alexandria’s Police Department together with their service dogs wore purple bandanas during October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

10/28/2021 5:02:31 PM

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The Alexandria Sexual Assault Center is bringing back Resiliency Yoga, a series of yoga classes offered to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault.


10/15/2021 12:53:14 PM

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The City of Alexandria encourages youth to apply to Project Discovery, a college and career readiness program that helps low income and first-generation college students to access opportunities in higher education. 

10/14/2021 5:49:17 PM

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is reminding the community about how to recognize it and how to access help.

10/14/2021 12:57:36 PM

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Alexandria was the first locality in Virginia to extend protections to gays and lesbians through its human rights ordinance. In recognition of October as LGBTQ+ History Month, DCHS is sharing information and stories about queer history in the city.

10/6/2021 11:12:30 AM

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Residents have several options to safely dispose of unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications, including those prescribed by veterinarians, during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 23 and year-round.

10/6/2021 11:15:35 AM

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DCHS and SPAN encourage residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health.

10/6/2021 11:19:35 AM

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The City Council voted to increase the City of Alexandria’s capacity to support households in the eviction process. The decision funds $407,000 to assist people at risk for eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/14/2021 12:54:35 PM

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The program, which is a collaborative effort between the Police and DCHS, pairs a specially trained law enforcement officer and a licensed, behavioral health clinician to respond in tandem to calls for persons experiencing a behavioral health crisis. 

10/6/2021 11:16:49 AM

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Participants wanting to obtain their records should call the Health Information Unit at 703.746.3555 or email MHMedicalRecords@alexandriava.gov before October 11. 

9/10/2021 9:29:24 AM

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The increase comes as pandemic relief funds, which temporarily expanded SNAP’s maximum benefits by 15%, are set to expire on September 30. 

9/10/2021 9:25:28 AM

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The eight-week evening virtual support group, open to all genders 18 and up, aims at walking with survivors in their recovery journey. 

8/27/2021 4:03:23 PM

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With the uncertainty around frequently changing eviction moratoriums and protections, the City urges landlords and renters to act now to prevent evictions by accessing rent relief assistance.

8/27/2021 3:42:40 PM

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Residents and community members are invited to attend a community-wide virtual event to celebrate the second birthday of Alexandria’s trauma-informed community network on August 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

8/24/2021 2:45:21 PM

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On August 10-12, 52 youth attended the free event that empowers emerging young leaders by providing training opportunities and connecting them to resources in the Alexandria community.  

8/20/2021 3:10:43 PM

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The Workforce Development Center is increasing access to the general public through two-hour appointments to conduct self-directed education and job search activities.

8/13/2021 1:44:16 PM

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The course teaches risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders, the effects of the illnesses, an overview of treatments and a five-step action plan for helping someone with symptoms. 

8/13/2021 12:11:48 PM

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DCHS programs and staff are supporting a wide range of ARP funded projects and programs.

7/23/2021 11:58:14 AM

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The free event is for rising 9th-12th graders and features sessions focused on mental health, self-care, mindfulness, youth advocacy, media literacy, social media, social change and professionalism and networking.

7/9/2021 11:18:11 AM

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The City and the Successful Aging Committee invite nominations to recognize the experiences and achievements of Alexandrians who have lived a century or longer.

7/9/2021 9:25:21 AM

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The Fund for Alexandria’s Child is hosting the “Families Helping Families: From Our Home to Yours Virtual Gala” on August 12 to help enrich the lives of children in foster care during this critical time in their development. 

7/2/2021 2:05:19 PM

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DCHS is hosting free sessions with Community Tax Aid, Inc. on June 26 and July 10 to help families access the credit through filing a tax return or signing up without submitting a return.

6/25/2021 10:25:22 AM

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The City of Alexandria is inviting community feedback on the Arlandria-Chirilagua Plan, which includes recommendations related to housing, land use, open space, transportation and more. 

6/25/2021 10:08:57 AM

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The annual awareness month celebrates fathers and the crucial role they and other paternal family members play in children’s growth, development and well-being.

6/17/2021 3:02:08 PM

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Learn more about the history of the holiday, celebrate through virtual events, and participate in racial equity conversations.

6/17/2021 4:38:44 PM

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Let’s Talk Tuesday, open to all genders 18 and up, is a series of six virtual support group meetings aimed at walking with survivors in their recovery journey.

6/17/2021 12:11:42 PM

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Express your solidarity with refugees by participating in local events and a global campaign to show support for refugees around the world and in Alexandria. 

6/11/2021 1:59:59 PM

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Watch a session featuring information and strategies that can help professionals and parents caring for young children.


6/11/2021 2:22:50 PM

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Register now for a virtual training course designed to help laypersons and paraprofessionals learn skills to support adolescents who are experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or crisis.

6/11/2021 1:44:56 PM

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The City offers several locations as options for residents who may not have cooling in their homes and assistance for adults 60 years old and older.

6/3/2021 3:44:26 PM

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Residents are invited to community engagement sessions to learn more about the Alexandria Fire Department restructuring.

6/3/2021 10:14:46 AM

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Alexandrians are among those who reflect on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in a special edition of the Voice of America (VOA) Connect. 

5/28/2021 1:27:29 PM

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Discussion points include how the vaccine was developed, the vaccine’s effectiveness, common side effects and the stand of religious institutions regarding the vaccine. 

5/21/2021 11:11:54 AM

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The Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library are hosting free, online Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops from June 3-5.

5/21/2021 9:11:36 AM

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The Opioid Work Group announces the launch of an Opioid Overdose Recovery Bag Program in partnership with paramedics in the Alexandria Fire Department

5/7/2021 1:42:07 PM

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DCHS congratulates this year’s recipients of the Chamber ALX 40 Under 40 Honorees for their impact on the City of Alexandria 

5/7/2021 1:30:24 PM

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Special collections took place at four locations in Alexandria during the event, which provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over-the-counter medication. 

4/30/2021 1:18:48 PM

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Residents and professionals who work with youth are invited to register for the two-day Intentional Relationships Virtual Workshop, a training provided by the Search Institute. 

4/30/2021 1:03:40 PM

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The Alexandria Community Services Board is holding a public hearing on May 13 to receive input from the community on the needs of Alexandrians with mental illness, developmental disabilities or a substance use dependency.

4/30/2021 12:48:31 PM

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Residents and community members are invited to help provide a bed and bedding for some of Alexandria’s most vulnerable children by donating to the Fund for Alexandria’s Child Emergency Bed Fund through the Spring2Action campaign.

4/23/2021 11:17:55 AM

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Registration is open until May 14 for the virtual community-wide event that features workshops and presentations on race and social justice, navigating environments and wellness.

4/23/2021 9:42:38 AM

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Alexandria youth ages 14-21 are invited to apply for the six-week paid summer youth developmental work experience that runs from July 12 to August 20.

4/16/2021 12:36:57 PM

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Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center is accepting applications for board members.

4/16/2021 11:43:28 AM

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Latest episode features an update on the City’s efforts--including what residents can expect when visiting a vaccination site and vaccination supplies--and explains the range of temporary jobs available at a vaccination site.

4/9/2021 2:40:12 PM

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The City's Sexual Assault Center and the Domestic Violence Program are seeking volunteers to help support survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

4/9/2021 3:17:15 PM

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Residents are invited to provide input, in English or Spanish, about a strategic update to the 2008 chapters of the Transportation Master Plan.

4/9/2021 9:19:07 AM

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The service is available to qualifying residents by appointment only on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


4/8/2021 1:42:57 PM

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Registration is open for RPCA summer classes and activities, and financial assistance is available to community members and residents who need help covering fees.

4/8/2021 9:55:43 AM

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The resource lists over 50 community services and resources in an easy-to-print flyer size. 


3/19/2021 11:29:09 AM

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Receiving Medicaid, SNAP, or federally-subsidized housing no longer impacts applications for lawful permanent resident (green card) status. 

3/12/2021 10:29:05 AM

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Registration is open for RPCA spring classes and activities, and financial assistance is available to community members and residents who need help covering fees.

3/5/2021 10:38:31 AM

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The City of Alexandria invites Alexandria high schoolers to apply for Keep It 360 Peer Advocates positions, which support prevention and outreach efforts.

2/19/2021 1:15:31 PM

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The workshops provide information on how Medicare works, the different parts of the health insurance program and how to get the most out of Medicare coverage. 

2/5/2021 2:22:26 PM

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To kick-off the new year, SAPCA encourages residents to clean out home medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications this week. 

1/29/2021 10:36:04 AM

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The City is offering free tax preparation services by appointment only to qualifying residents. Taxpayers are eligible if their income is below $55,000 for individuals and families. 

1/29/2021 8:39:29 AM

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Jaqueline Tucker is one of three panelists during Agenda Alexandria’s “Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Alexandria,” an online conversation with local and national leaders. 

1/22/2021 2:54:35 PM

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The campaign videos were created by T.C. Williams High School students and feature Alexandria youth sharing the reasons why they do not vape. 

1/15/2021 3:07:10 PM

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NAMI Ending the Silence is a free virtual educational event focusing on the warning signs of mental health conditions in youth and what steps parents and caregivers can take to help children get support.

1/15/2021 3:34:00 PM

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SPAN encourages residents to educate themselves and others on ways to prevent suicide and strengthen mental health by accessing and promoting resources on a newly redesigned website.

12/18/2020 1:39:52 PM

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DCHS launches a text line to increase access to programs and services and expand “Assistance from a Distance” options. 

12/18/2020 4:20:33 PM

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Attend a community event on December 16, 6-7 p.m., featuring resources and tools for coping with stress and change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

12/10/2020 12:20:40 PM

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The regional program provides services like free job training, paid work experiences, career coaching, resume writing assistance, job readiness workshops, online job fairs, virtual training and financial coaching. 


12/4/2020 2:35:14 PM

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Friends of the Alexandria Mental Health Center offers a safety net for low-income Alexandrians receiving mental health or developmental disability services. 

11/20/2020 1:05:21 PM

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A shelter at Lee Center (1108 Jefferson) is serving single adults and another at Carpenter's Shelter (5701 Duke St., Suite D) is serving families.

11/16/2021 2:47:25 PM

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The award recognizes collaborative program providing highly intensive literacy and work readiness English classes for refugees.

10/30/2020 11:32:16 AM

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Special collections took place at four locations in Alexandria during the event, which provides a safe and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.

10/30/2020 11:11:17 AM

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The online event will also feature a proclamation by Mayor Justin Wilson. 

10/22/2020 1:29:47 PM

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The Commission for Women and the  Friends of the Commission for Women are lighting City Hall purple this week in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Day (Wear Purple Day) on October 22. 

10/22/2020 1:40:40 PM

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The ALX Cares Grocery Gift Card Program provides eligible Alexandria residents with pre-paid grocery cards in denominations of $100, $200 and $400 through December, or for as long as funding is available. 

10/9/2020 3:27:25 PM

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The free event will give Northern Virginia job seekers and employers the opportunity to meet via chat and video.

10/2/2020 3:50:15 PM

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Access more than 5,500 free online self-paced workplace, business, technical and IT courses through SkillUp, an local initiative to help workers recently laid-off as well as those who are looking to change careers.


9/25/2020 11:46:05 AM

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Millions of Americans, many of them low income, may not know they are eligible or how to submit their information and receive their stimulus check. You can help.

9/18/2020 10:44:53 AM

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The annual event, which was hosted virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, helps raise funds to directly benefit children in foster care and children at risk for abuse and neglect.

9/10/2020 12:54:27 PM

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"Think you know about opioids? Think again" aims to raise awareness about opioid misuse, overdose risks, treatment and recovery. 

9/3/2020 2:21:03 PM

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The City of Alexandria Sexual Assault Center is hosting an eight week virtual support group for survivors of sexual assault beginning October 2. Register by September 15.

9/1/2020 12:08:52 PM

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The City invites Alexandria families to participate in an online survey to assess child care needs and preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

8/28/2020 7:58:09 AM

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View a video of “Back to School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health,” a virtual town hall for families that was held on August 13.

8/21/2020 1:13:58 PM

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Submit a 30-second to 1-minute video about your career and education choices to help Alexandria youth learn about career and education opportunities.

8/21/2020 1:16:40 PM

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This summer, 201 Alexandria youth participated in a six-week virtual workforce experience during the Workforce Development Center’s Youth Employment Services (YES) 2020.


8/21/2020 8:48:12 AM

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The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Smart Beginnings Alexandria will host the online open house on August 19, from 7-8:30 p.m.

8/14/2020 1:31:26 PM

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New Workforce Development Center customer call center provides faster service, enhances customer experience and introduces dedicated lines for English, Spanish, Amharic and Dari language speakers.

8/17/2020 8:14:23 AM

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Learn more about “Back to School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health,” a virtual town hall for families on August 13, 7:30-8:45 p.m.

2/4/2021 4:22:15 PM

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Learn more about these life-saving devices and how you can get one!

8/7/2020 12:45:54 PM

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