• Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Application Date: 5/18/2017
  • Club Name (Primary): Winchester
  • Club Name 2: Front Royal
  • Club Name 3: Warren County
  • Club Name 4: Frederick County
  • Club Name 5: Clarke County
  • Project Name: Meeting Basic Needs: The Foundation for Success
  • Project Total Cost: $10,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $5,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Since 2012, the Northern Shenandoah Valley has experienced a tragic increase in deaths resulting from drug overdoses. Over the past five years, 149 people in the City of Winchester and Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, and Page died as a result of a heroin/opioid overdose. Another 427 individuals suffered an overdose, but survived.

    In response to this addiction crisis, a group of concerned community stakeholders formed the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) which established the Northwest Regional Adult Drug Treatment Court in August, 2016. In working with the Drug Treatment Court participants, the NSVSAC has identified basic needs that are not being met for the clients including housing, food, and transportation.

    This grant would provide funding to meet those needs by providing:
    • Housing through monthly rental assistance for a period, not to exceed three months, when the client enters the Drug Court program immediately following incarceration.
    • Nonperishable food items on a monthly basis.
    • Transportation by providing taxi vouchers that would transport the clients to treatment sessions, Drug Court hearings, the Probation and Parole Office for random urine drug screens, work, and meetings with members of the Drug Treatment Court Team.

    During the stabilization phase (first phase) of the Drug Treatment Court Program the clients are encouraged to focus primarily on maintaining sobriety rather than immediately seeking employment and therefore do not have an income to help meet these needs. Most of the clients do not have funding for housing or a safe and sober place to live when they leave jail. The clients’ success in the Drug Treatment Court program is contingent upon their basic needs being met. By having a safe place to live, food for every meal, and transportation to counseling the participants will have a strong foundation for success.

  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2017
  • Expected End Date: 5/7/2018
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 25
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The Meeting Basic Needs: Foundation for Success Program will improve the lives of the Drug Treatment Court participants and will help them become successful, contributing members of the community. All of these participants have been identified as having a substance use disorder, and in many cases, are also suffering with a mental illness. All of the current clients in the Drug Court are considered less fortunate as they do not have a family support system, stable housing, insurance, transportation, or food security. By meeting these basic needs and providing treatment for the disease of addiction, this program would aid in our overall efforts to reduce recidivism and criminal offenses in the community by providing a foundation for the clients’ success in the program.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 400
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): This collaborative grant would include a community outreach campaign as the NSVSAC continues to educate the community about the disease of addiction and the risks associated with drug use. During October, Substance Abuse Awareness Month, the NSVSAC would partner with local Rotarians and Interact Club students to do a public awareness campaign. This campaign would include a press release, flyers, Social Media posts, public service announcements, and activities in the local schools led by the Interact Club members. The Rotarians would help to identify the message for the campaign and would work, through their many contacts in the community, to share the message.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The NSVSAC would send out a press release to inform the public about this program. The press release would be posted to the NSVSAC’s website (www.roadtorecovery.info), on the NSVSAC’s Facebook Page, and would likely generate media coverage. The press release will include statements from Rotarians about their involvement in this program.

    During the community outreach campaign in October, all of the marketing collateral will include the Rotary Cogwheel and will clearly indicate that the campaign was made possible by the support of the local Rotary Clubs.

  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition

    The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition (NSVSAC) is a coalition of law enforcement, health care, substance abuse treatment and youth advocacy organizations and families impacted by substance abuse and addiction in the Winchester region. The group formed in May 2014 following a community heroin summit in Winchester convened by the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force. The Mission of the Coalition is to collaborate with community partners to take the lead in identifying and developing effective resources to ensure that the necessary continuum of care for substance abuse and addiction services are available to all members of the community.

  • Letter(s) of Participation: LetterofParticipation-2017-2018.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budgeted Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budgeted Upload
  • Budget Upload: Copy of Meeting Basic Needs The Foundation for Success Project Expeditures.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Don Butler
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Committee Chair-Addiction Crisis Team
  • Primary Contact Email: don@vpgwinchester.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540-722-4500
  • Financial Contact Name: Cary Claytor
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Secretary-Elect
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    2150 S. Loudoun Street
    Winchester, VA 22601
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  • Financial Contact Email: crclaytor@yahoo.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540-662-9000 Ext.231
  • Project Authorization Form: All Signature Pages-2017-2018.pdf
  • Grant Number1718c-01
  • Grant Award$5,000.00