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Rotary Club of Warren County – Reaching Out Now

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The Mission of Reaching Out Now, Inc: Through Academic and empowerment we support and encourage under-served school aged girls (6th through 12th grade), and young women to live victoriously and not defeated; to reach their full potential.

We support their schools by embracing, empowering and engaging students. We serve by implementing programs and will challenge students to rise above life’s circumstances to become their better selves.

Anne Cobb (above left) and Samantha Barber (above right) brought the message of hope embodied in their program “Reaching Out Now,” which they presented to the Rotary Club of Warren County. Both women have been involved in education and educational programs for many years and informed us of a program designed to mentor and assist girls in middle school. In the future they have plans to expand the program to carry it into high school and to include boys as well.

As Anne noted, she had had the benefit of mentors throughout her life, from her church, sports, school, and parents, but many of these girls in middle school haven’t had this assistance. As she said, “what we are doing is providing a safety net for these girls.”

And they are not working with the top academic students, rather with students who are having academic problems or behavior and developmental problems–boys and girls who need to be nurtured–someone to get to know them and guide them through middle and high school, until they are 21. As Samantha said, she has been there and she knows some of the problems they are facing.

At this point, they are working with about 20 students in what is called a “Girl Destiny Program,” meeting with them two or three times a month, taking them places and building up their self-confidence and view of themselves. For example, they took the girls to Heaven, a beauty salon in Winchester. The owners of this salon closed their shop and gave the girls a make-over. Anne and Samantha have also provided workshops since the program was launched at Skyline Middle School in September. And it has included programs such as True Colors, allowing them to recognize their own personalities, and Love Languages. They are also working with the students to do community hours, to prepare scholarship applications, to learn financial literacy, as well as preparing them for academic and career readiness. And even though they have only been offering the program for a few months, it is already showing benefits. As one principal noted, “You can see the changes taking place–they are standing taller, they are getting involved in their academics, and they are talking.” As Anne said, “Imagine what they will be like at 21.”

Anne and Samantha are working within a framework developed by the National Office of School Councilor Advocacy, which helps prepare the students for college or for a career. As Anne noted, not all these students will go to college, and the point is to prepare them for life. They are also pulling people in from the community to meet with the girls, to provide assistance and workshops. The point is to establish networks between the schools and the community to talk about what we can do to make our community life better while assisting these students.

To celebrate the end of the year, they plan an Awards Dinner on May 15, much like a Rotary Gala, in which they will recognize the girls for the wonderful work they have done. Other plans include holding a round-table forum (tentatively set for March 17) with community leaders and business owners to join with educators and have a networking session and talk about what we can do to make our community better.

For more information, please go to www.warrencountyrotary.org


Story and photo: Hank Ecton
Video credit: Dave Hardy

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Dare to Dream recipient Dian DiPasquale shares her story

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Leading up to the new hot day for donating to your special cause “Giving Tuesday” (December 1) the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center will be launching short stories from past Dare to Dream Grant recipients. Take a minute to enjoy learning about these local women and hear how they used their funds!

Dian and her spouse of 47 years started their business, Front Royal Premier Copiers, in 2014. Their business services all makes and models of copiers. Their tagline is Service, Sales, Solutions and Supplies and provides services to many small businesses in the area. The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce awarded Premier Copiers the 2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year award. (2019) Dian was awarded a $500 Dare to Dream grant to support Quick Books training which will help grow the vendor side of her business and help her provide better service to her customers. Website: frpremiercopiers.com


About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community. frwrc.org

Visit on Facebook to see upcoming events: facebook.com/FRWRC

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Dare to Dream recipient Laura Ruby shares her story

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Leading up to the new hot day for donating to your special cause “Giving Tuesday” (December 1) the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center will be launching short stories from past Dare to Dream Grant recipients. Take a minute to enjoy learning about these local women and hear how they used their funds!

Laura has been contributing to our community for many years, volunteering in the schools, for youth sports leagues, Girl Scouts, the Humane Society, and Reaching Out Now – a program for at-risk middle school girls. In 2017 she opened Ruby Yoga in Front Royal. The business has grown steadily ever since. Now Laura sees a need to expand her skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of her clients. Specifically, she seeks training in Kids’ yoga and in Trauma-informed yoga. Laura’s dream is to offer classes that will better address the needs of underserved populations. (2020) Laura has been awarded $600 to help pay for her training.

  • Check out Laura’s website: myrubyyoga.com
  • Follow Laura on Facebook: facebook.com

About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community. frwrc.org

Visit on Facebook to see upcoming events: facebook.com/FRWRC

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House of Hope seeking donations in honor of Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is approaching on December 1. Please consider donating to the House of Hope. We have prepared a few testimonials so you can hear directly from some of the men who have moved through our program. We appreciate them stepping forward and sharing their story to help the community understand the value of the work being done.

Watch this testimonial from Chris. Chris explains, “the House of Hope welcomed me with open arms,” when he had no where else to go.

To Donate: www.warrencountyhomeless.org/donate

Our program needs support from the local community to be able to continue this valuable work.


Mission of the House of Hope:

House of Hope is a program for homeless men who are ready and committed to making a permanent change in their lives.

We offer safe space, food and guidance in obtaining needed services.

A professional staff of case workers develops with each client a proactive plan to re-enter society as a productive citizen with stable housing. This plan may include a variety of life skills trainings as well as consistent support in the application of those skills.

We are non-denominational and non-discriminatory.

Learn more: www.warrencountyhomeless.org

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Dare to Dream recipient Mary Cook shares her story

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Leading up to the new hot day for donating to your special cause “Giving Tuesday” (December 1) the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center will be launching short stories from past Dare to Dream Grant recipients. Take a minute to enjoy learning about these local women and hear how they used their funds!

Mary lives with her husband and seven-year-old daughter in an old farmhouse off of Browntown Road. An accomplished artist, she has held several arts management positions, including Director of the Torpedo Factory’s Gallery in Alexandria, VA. After moving to Warren County, Mary took time out to raise her young daughter. She began offering arts workshops to local children in both public and private schools. Mary has established a thriving arts/nature summer program for kids at the Izaak Walton League: Walton Wednesdays. She has opened a studio space in Front Royal where she plans to offer arts experiences year-round. All of Mary’s workshops focus on process rather than product. Her dream is to eventually offer free arts experiences to children and adults in need. (2020) Mary has been awarded $900 to purchase materials for mobile arts workshops.

  • Check out Mary’s website: microwaveproject.com
  • Follow Mary on Facebook: facebook.com
  • Instagram: instagram.com
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Phoenix Project reminds us that Giving Tuesday is coming up December 1st

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It’s no understatement to say that 2020 has been a year of tremendous difficulty. A global pandemic, massive unemployment, and civil unrest are just some of the disturbing headlines that have bombarded us throughout the year. But these societal problems are only the tip of the iceberg for some in our local community. For victims of domestic violence and abuse, being stuck at home is dangerous – even life-threatening. While most of us bemoan the inconveniences of social distancing or mask wearing, these victims may feel more isolated than ever. They just want to survive.

Those who suffer domestic abuse often suffer in silence. But for those who finally find the courage to reach out, there is help. The Phoenix Project is Warren County’s domestic violence agency serving the Front Royal and Warren County areas. We work to provide options for men, women and children who are victims of abuse and afraid to stay in their homes. When we get a call from someone who is undergoing abuse, we give them a lifeline to get them out of immediate danger, and we offer services that will help them plan for the future.

The goal of Phoenix Project is to interrupt and break the cycle of abuse. Our requests for services in Front Royal and Warren County continue to increase, especially during these difficult times. From March to October in 2019, there were 456 hotline calls. In 2020 that number jumped to 1104 – yes, it almost tripled! Every one of these calls represents a real person. Abuse does not discriminate against age, gender or status. Every abused child is someone’s daughter, or someone’s son. It could be a wife, husband, or a friend or neighbor – a person, who is embarrassed and afraid, or who feels like they do not have any options.

The volunteers of Phoenix Project are available, even late into the night, to help when someone is in need. We are there to listen, offer guidance, and provide reassurance that they are not alone. Being able to simply rest in a safe place helps an abused person so much, so they can focus on their next steps. But we can’t provide all these abuse victims’ needs without your help.

Consider the cost of providing a safe place:

  • $50.00 – Your donation of $50.00 allows a family of 4 to purchase food.
  • $75.00 – Your donation of $75.00 can pay for a victim/survivor to have the utilities changed from the abuser’s name to their own.
  • $100.00 – Your donation of $100.00 can provide safe housing for a family of 4 and a pet for 1 night.
  • $200.00 – Your donation of $200.00 can provide 40 minutes of translation services to the victim/survivor.
  • $350.00 – Your donation of $350.00 can provide the victim/survivor a consultation with an attorney.
  • $500.00 – Your donation of $500.00 can help a victim/survivor with a car payment or repairs so that they may be able to work while the abuser is in jail.
  • $750.00 – Your donation of $750.00 can help a victim/survivor with rent so that they may be able to remain in their home while the abuser is in jail.
  • $1000.00 – Your donation of $1000.00 can help a victim with new housing, including rent and home security & utility deposits, providing an avenue for moving forward to safety.

Based on the numbers above, the services we provide are desperately needed in our community. But we cannot do this without your help! John F. Kennedy once said, “If not us, then who?” What would it mean to our community if we were not here?

Will you consider joining the Purple Ribbon Club to help someone in a violent situation?

  • Become a Hero with a gift of $1200
  • Partner with a gift of $600
  • Advocate with a gift of $300
  • Supporter with a gift of $120

Or, you may also make a one-time donation in someone’s honor, a gift of remembrance, or a Christmas gift. We are their voice, for those who have no voice, or live in fear of speaking up….We are a voice in the community, a voice to be heard. We are Phoenix Project. Please consider giving a donation to Phoenix Project. Partner with us to help stop domestic violence.

Kind regards,

Tana Hoffman, President
Board of Directors
Phoenix Project

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Dare to Dream recipient Amanda Horn shares her story

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Leading up to the new hot day for donating to your special cause “Giving Tuesday” (December 1) the Front Royal Women’s Resource Center will be launching short stories from past Dare to Dream Grant recipients. Take a minute to enjoy learning about these local women and hear how they used their funds!

Amanda majored in fine art at the Art Institute of Chicago and at George Mason University. In 2011 her first son was born, followed by a second son in 2013. Motherhood left her with scant time or energy to devote to painting. With her children at her side, she was able to find time to garden, hike and investigate the natural world. By 2016 she was able to carve out time to paint again… now with a focus on plants and wildlife. She has helped paint several murals in and on buildings in the area and would like to help with more of them. She has shown and sold her work at wineries, area art shows, and festivals throughout the greater D.C. area. Amanda’s dream is to become ever more successful as she shares her paintings with others.

(2020) Amanda has been awarded $1,000 to purchase a portable display system.


About The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center – FRWRC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community.

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