NRCA Programs and Services

The mission of New River Community Action, Inc. (NRCA) is to promote and support the well-being and self-reliance of individuals, families and communities. Community Action Agencies are well known proponents of self-sufficiency.  “A Hand Up, Not A Hand Out” is our motto. We strive to achieve our purpose through community organization and empowerment, i.e., helping local communities to recognize and address their own poverty conditions. NRCA has developed a variety of programs that prevent and alleviate poverty and improve the lives of low-income individuals and families.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND FOOD PANTRIES provides assistance for utilities, heating fuel, health needs, rent or mortgage plus access and referral to other organizations. Food pantries are available for those in need.

HEAD START provides comprehensive developmental services to eligible pre-school children and their families.  Family-focused services emphasize education, nutrition, parent involvement, social services and preventative health care.

HOMELESS AND HOUSING PROGRAMS mission is to prevent and alleviate homelessness in the New River Valley by providing temporary financial assistance, counseling and education that can support clients in obtaining and maintaining stable housing.

CHIP (Children’s Health Improvement Partnership) provides access to primary health care to pregnant women and families with children birth to age six. Parent education and support for family goals is provided through home visiting case management services.

VA CARES (Virginia Community Action Re-Entry System) provides ex-offenders job readiness training, job search, career development, human relations and self-awareness training, and ongoing support services to transition back into society.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE provides individuals and families assistance with free tax preparation for potential increase in annual income resulting from earned income and child care tax credits.

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL assists individuals and families to access other services including mental health and substance abuse treatment, employment and training opportunities, legal aid, and home weatherization.

AMERICORPS provides long-term opportunities for service to help communities address their toughest challenges while members earn support for college or job training.

FLOYD BACKPACK PROGRAM provides weekend food for eligible students during the school year.

TO OUR HOUSE partners with faith-based and community organizations to provide temporary shelter for homeless men during winter months.

Some programs are not offered in all jurisdictions.  Contact NRCA local office for more information.