What is the Total Action for Progress Virginia CARES Program?
The Virginia CARES (Community Action Re-entry System) program is part of a statewide network that helps facilitate the return of ex-offenders to the community and society. Clients receive assistance with job readiness training, job search efforts, career development, transportation, obtaining identification and applying for restoration of rights. Our program also offers human relations and self-awareness training through support groups and educational appointments.
What areas does this program serve?
Residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Vinton, Salem, Botetourt County, Craig County and the Alleghany Highlands are eligible for the Virginia CARES Program. However, we will serve clients from any area in Virginia, provided you have transportation to one of our offices. Full services are available in our Roanoke office. Limited services are offered at our Covington offices.
Is there a cost for this program?
There are no costs to approved clientele for this program.
How can I access services?
Clients must visit one of our offices and go through an orientation and enrollment process. Enrollment may also be accomplished through the pre-release services at the Roanoke City Jail and the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
Virginia CARES is located at 302 2nd St. in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact Nadirah Wright at (540) 283-4901 or Sam Coles at (540)283-4903. You may also contact Virginia Cares via email using the "Contact" link at the bottom of this page.
Am I eligible for this service?
Potential clients must be ex-offenders who want to successfully re-enter society to become contributing members of their community.
Your donations are necessary to make this program possible.
Community Partnerships and Funding
Our program has partnerships with many organizations, including the VWCC Criminal Justice Program, Dorcus House, Roanoke Regional Probation and Parole, and local jails. Funding for our program includes the Department of Criminal Justice Services, United Way, and the City of Roanoke.