Outreach & Education To Support Community Resources.

Strength In Peers plays a critical role in promoting and supporting local community resources in the City of Harrisonburg, and the Counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Page. We operate as a key referrer for local community services and resources as well as offering our own groups and programs. In addition, we go out into the community to network, educate, and build relationships with the people who need community services and the people who provide them. Here’s what we offer:

Workshops and Training
  • We offer regular workshops and training opportunities for area service providers. Participants develop knowledge and skills to better serve those struggling with substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges. Check out our event calendar to register for our upcoming trainings.
Support For Public Schools
  • We offer a range of services and support for southern Shenandoah County public
    schools; including:

    • Consultation for administrators to develop trauma-informed social and emotional competence programs.
    • Coaching for teachers on how to best support students exhibiting behavioral challenges.
    • Supporting the development of “The Zone”, a teacher-facilitated group that holds students accountable for negative behaviors using restorative processes.
    • Supplies for teachers to create “Peace Corners” in their classrooms where children can go when having difficulties regulating their emotions without leaving the classroom.
    • Fluorescent light covers to minimize the negative effects of fluorescent lighting which has been proven to cause bodily stress, anxiety, hyperactivity, and attention problems that contribute to poor learning.
    • Bringing the Goldie Hawn Foundation MindUP program into schools and pre-schools to promote mindfulness and social and emotional confidence.
Street Outreach
  • We support individuals experiencing homelessness with peer support, resources,
    and education; including:

    • Street outreach events that provide individuals experiencing homelessness peer support and backpacks with essential items such as food, coats, socks, thermal blankets, ponchos, and flashlights.
    • HIV and Hepatitis C rapid testing at select street outreach events or in our Community Resource Center, by appointment.
    • Referrals to community agencies and assistance applying for benefits, housing assistance, and employment through our Community Resource Center.
    • The Street Sheet guide to key community resources and services for housing, food, clothing, and other critical needs.
    • Enrolling eligible individuals who identify as having a substance use problem in our peer support programs.
Jail Outreach
  • We support individuals returning to the community from incarceration with resources, education, and services; including:
    • Monthly reentry workshops at Rockingham Regional Jail, Middle River Regional Jail, and Page County Jail to educate individuals about community resources and services they may be eligible for.
    • Weekly Women’s Empowerment Group workshop at Middle River Regional Jail that builds participants’ self-esteem and confidence.
    • Referrals to community agencies and assistance applying for benefits, housing assistance, and employment through our Community Resource Center.
    • HIV and Hepatitis C rapid testing at our Community Resource Center, by appointment.
    • The Street Sheet guide to key community resources and services for housing, food, clothing, and other critical needs.
    • Enrolling eligible individuals who identify as having a substance use problem in our peer support programs.

Contact a member of our team about our community resources to get started.