Meet Our Collaborators
HCC is comprised of stakeholders representing community agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia. Learn about our collaborators below!
Boys & Girls Clubs Of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County
Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens and our financial mission is to ensure all working families have access to our services. Clubs have provided safe and constructive environments for youth ages 5 to 18 during their Out of School Time (OST) hours since 1995. Of continual focus is our youth development training and programs which focus on academic success, character building and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
Central Shenandoah Health District
The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) is one of thirty-five health districts under the Virginia Department of Health. The mission of CSHD is to protect and promote the health and well-being of residents in the Central Shenandoah Valley. CSHD is comprised of seven health departments that provide public health services for the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham along with the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.
Church World Service Harrisonburg
Established in 1988, CWS Harrisonburg serves and advocates for refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, and immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley. We are dedicated to helping new neighbors integrate and thrive, and reach their full potential as contributing members of the community. In collaboration with community organizations, individuals, and faith groups, CWS Harrisonburg provides services ranging from initial reception and welcome to ongoing employment and career training, children’s and youth programming, mental health and wellness, family resiliency and intensive case management, immigration legal services, advocacy, and emergency response.
Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority
The Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia created, following Title 36 of the Code of Virginia. As part of the act, a local election was held on November 8, 1955 and a majority of those voting in the election approved the need for a Redevelopment and Housing Authority to be activated in the City. HRHA was organized on November 29, 1955, and it has been in continual operation since that date. HRHA assist eligible low-income families in our area with their rent through housing vouchers distributed by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Currently, HRHA receives 956 vouchers. Our voucher program serves the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, including Bridgewater, Broadway, Dayton, Elkton, Fulks Run, Grottoes, Keezletown, McGaheysville, Mount Crawford, Penn Laird and Timberville. Our Mission Fuels Positive Growth In Our Community. To promote adequate and affordable housing economic opportunity and a suitable living environment free from discrimination; and to foster redevelopment of blighted areas to ensure the economic, social and housing vitality of our community.
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board proudly serves the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County community by offering high quality mental health, substance use, and developmental services. HRCSB supports infants and toddlers, school-aged youth, and adults across their lifespan. The Behavioral Health Wellness Program at the HRCSB has been a part of the HCC since 2020.
Institute for Innovation in Health & Human Services
Founded in 2003, IIHHS is an interdisciplinary community-engaged hub within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies at James Madison University that brings together students, staff, faculty and the community to advance a culture of health and equity through education, clinical practice, research, innovative programs, and advocacy.
JMU Health & Well-Being
The Student Affairs Health and Well-being area includes the University Health Center, Counseling Center and University Recreation. These departments work together to create an integrated care system for our JMU students. In addition, the Health and Well-being area promotes well-being work for the JMU and local community. Through a focus on people, place and planet, we strive to embed health into all aspects of our campus community. We recognize that we have access to resources that are not available to other communities and strive to develop partnerships and programs that support well-being beyond our campus community.
As the area’s only low-barrier shelter, Open Doors is dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe place for individuals experiencing homelessness to stay. In collaboration with partners, Open Doors ensures a warm and nourishing meal for each guest. Utilizing this collaborative approach, they also work diligently to provide access to and navigation of the many great community resources that can help guests achieve success. This includes organizing partners to bring vital services to the shelter. In addition to shelter, Open Doors also “hits the streets” to meet individuals where they are with support services.
Rockingham Memorial Hospital opened its doors on October 1, 1912. In 2011 the hospital became a part of the Sentara Healthcare system and is now known as Sentara RMH Medical Center (SRMH). SRMH is a 238-bed community hospital serving a seven-county area with a population of close to 218,000 residents throughout the Shenandoah Valley.
SRMH Community Health was established in 1995 and at present oversees the following outreach and community services for: Safe at HOME (medical alert system), FREE of Harrisonburg (durable medical equipment), Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge (home-visiting program for families), Hand-in-Hand Virginia Resource Mothers ( home-visiting program specific to teens), Toward no Tobacco (education for 6th-8th graders), Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (resides in the Emergency Department), Ready Regions North-Virginia Quality Before 5 (observations and coaching for quality child care centers), Every Women’s Life (breast and cervical cancer for uninsured/underinsured individuals), Farm Safety Day (Day long farm safety education for 3rd-8th graders), and the Healthy Community Action Team (increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to our underserved community members).
Strength In Peers
Strength In Peers is a nonprofit peer-run Recovery Community Organization. More than half of its Board of Directors and all staff are in active recovery from substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges. The organization seeks to engage individuals who face barriers to recovery, including those who are experiencing homelessness, have been involved with the criminal justice system, live in rural communities, have Medicaid or are uninsured, and distrust the behavioral health system. All services are peer designed and peer led based on staff and participants’ personal lived experiences with what works. They include street and jail outreach, individual and group peer support, youth mentoring and family support, case management, integrated counseling and psychiatry, recovery housing, homeless medical respite, and comprehensive harm reduction with needle exchange, naloxone and drug test strips distribution, rapid HIV and Hep C testing, condom distribution, and health education.
The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham
The Arc HR promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout the arc of their lifetimes. A chapter of The Arc of the US, The Arc HR was incorporated in 1962 for the purpose of grassroots advocacy. In 1983, The Op Shop (day support for adults with I/DD) opened in response to a movement toward community-based services and away from institutionalization. Since 2015, The Arc HR has fully transitioned Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) that promote even greater independence and community inclusion. We provide opportunities for individuals to make choices/decisions about important aspects of their lives and to develop natural supports in the community. Community Coaching (CC) and Community Engagement (CE) programs (est. 2017) increase participants’ self-determination by increasing their self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion through volunteerism and community exploration. In-home services (est. 2015) help individuals develop independent living skills and offer transportation to medical and other appointments, shopping, and recreation. Families are supported through education, information and referral and advocacy at the state and federal levels.
Valley Program For Aging Services (VPAS)
Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS), the local Area Agency on Agency, was established in 1974. VPAS serves the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, Rockingham and the cities that lie within. VPAS empowers adults 60 years and older with the resources and opportunities they need to lead engaged lives. A variety of in-home and community based services are offered to support the individual’s desire to remain living independently in their home and community. VPAS also offers a wide array of caregiver support and education programs as well as dementia education programs. Once a person accesses VPAS services they are enveloped in a supportive network that helps them navigate the changes and challenges that come with aging.