Taking Care of Yourself



As a parent, it is very important not to forget to take care of yourself as well as your

child. There is a reason why airplanes instruct parents to put on their oxygen mask

first, and then assist their children: if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able

to take care of those who need you.

Below are links to blog posts and information that can help you take care of yourself

so that you're prepared to take care of your loved ones.

Calendar of Local, Family-Friendly Free Events (including Stressed Parent Friendly Events)

How to Sleep When Horrific News Becomes the Norm

More coming soon!


Personal Development Local Resources

Family Wellness Initiative
2720 Liberty Rd NW, Roanoke VA 24012
  • Check out our events calendar for free or low-cost events! We feature not only family friendly events, but self-care events such as free yoga and free live music events! Click HERE to check it out!


Responsible Rides
A Partnership between Freedom First, New River Community Action, TAP, and STEP Inc.
  • An award-winning auto purchase program for working families, Responsible Rides incorporates financial education and vehicle maintenance classes, so participants are not only able to purchase a car, they’re able to keep it.

  • To see if your household qualifies for this program, click HERE

  • Contact the Responsible Rides Coordinator by calling 540-904-4445 or emailing info@responsiblerides.com.


Virginia CARES
108 Henry St NW, 3rd Floor, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • They operate a statewide network of reentry programs that provide employment assistance, financial aid, referrals,career development, human relations & self-awareness training, and ongoing support services to returning citizens in Virginia.

  • Services include: Immediate Assistance, Employment Assistance, Counselling and Peer Support, and Societal Integration and Career Development. 

  • Click HERE for more details and the online application. Also reach out for assistance by calling 540-342-9344 or emailing caresclerk@vacares.org


Blue Ridge Literacy
706 South Jefferson St, Roanoke VA 24016
  • They serve adult learners who are seeking to improve their lives through literacy. Everyone is welcome, from native English speakers seeking to improve their reading skills to immigrants seeking citizenship. Common goals that we help our learners reach are: speaking, listening, reading and writing English, citizenship or employment.

  • They provide English tutoring for adults through two programs: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Literacy (BL). They also offer ESOL classes.

  • Click HERE for more information. Also reach out by calling 540-265-9339 or emailing info@brlit.org