Region 1 Initatives
The Community Education Series in Region 1 is a forum for human services providers and interested community members to network, discuss issues, share ideas, and hear educational panel presentations on a variety of topics. Department of Neighborhood and Community Services staff coordinates this effort which is held on the third Wednesday in September, November, January, and May. The program for each event is driven by community interest and relies on community partner co-sponsorship. Each event is advertised approximately three to four weeks in advance. If you would like to be added to the Community Education Series mailing list or email distribution list, please call 703-704-6700.
The South County Neighborhood College is an eight-session leadership development opportunity that provides participants with information and hands-on experiences to help them learn about local government and strategies for becoming effective community leaders. Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, in partnership with other county agencies and community groups, coordinates this effort which is held twice each year. For more information or to learn more about an upcoming session, please call 703-704-6700.
While all communities face challenges, they also have many strengths. The neighborhood and community building initiatives in Region 1 strive to tap into these assets as a means to promote community involvement in strengthening their neighborhoods and in addressing these challenges. Regional staff has worked collaboratively with the Springfield and Rose Hill neighborhoods, multiple county agencies, schools, churches, Chambers of Commerce, and police to address senior services and youth programming needs in these communities. For more information, please call 703-704-6700.
Specific efforts to begin to support the Hybla Valley community include the addition of a community computer learning center located at the elementary school, outreach for scholarships to youth recreation programs, streamlining health care access, and a community day. The community day is designed to bring residents together to link them to appropriate resources, to each other, and to conduct an intensive outreach effort. The outreach will include the completion of a community survey, and the results will be used to strategize ongoing efforts and partnerships which can be utilized to further support the neighborhood building effort in Hybla Valley. DSMHS Region 1 staff is currently working with the Police Department, Department of Housing, the elementary and middle schools, property managers, local nonprofit organizations, and local residents in Hybla Valley on this effort. For more information, please call 703-704-6700.
Creekside Village (Janna Lee) and Sacramento Neighborhood Initiatives
Region 1 staff has been working in both the Creekside Village (Janna Lee) and Sacramento communities as a part of a Strengthening Neighborhoods and Building Communites effort to promote sustainable neighborhoods. The residents are experts on community needs as well as an integral part of creating solutions and organizing community responses to challenges. As a part of this effort, the Sacramento Neighborhood Center was developed. The resource center is located at the Sacramento Shopping Center and provides the Sacramento community with resource information and programs (e.g., computer learning center, English classes, parenting groups, etc.).
An advisory council of community members serves to inform the center of the community needs. The council, center staff, county agencies, and community volunteers work collaboratively to address these needs. The agencies/organization partnering in the oversight of the center are:
- Department of Neighborhood and Community Services
- United Community Ministries
Region 1 staff assists with outreach and program planning. For more information, please call 703-619-2964.
Regional staff organizes and supports cross-agency and community-based organization collaborative work on issues of community concern, such as youth issues, community safety, homelessness, and domestic violence initiatives. Many of these initiatives are ongoing efforts to increase access to services, build leadership capacity, and connect organizations with resources and information. For more information, please call 703-704-6700.
Region 1 staff is convening a meeting of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, county staff, and public safety officials. The meeting is an opportunity to share information between programs and discuss issues related to the integrated delivery of human services. Our objectives will include:
- Increase and maintain awareness of resources in our region
- Foster enhanced service integration
- Increase civic engagement and partnership development
- Create innovative approaches to service delivery
For more information, please call 703-704-6700.