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COVID-19 Vaccination Sites are located all over the state of Virginia, if anyone is considering getting vaccinated, please discuss this with your primary care doctor(s), caregivers. Testing sites nearby: Walgreens, Walmart, Neighborhood Walmart’s, CVS, Publix Supermarket, Kroger Pharmacy and a host of other vaccination and testing sites.


Remember the 3 W’s: WEAR your mask, WASH your hands, WATCH your distance.




“Transitions aren’t easy, but they’re worth it.”

This month we would like to recognize a veteran who has been with us since the start of the TIP Program, Mr. Elcock. Congratulations to one of our beloved Transition in Place Veterans, who thought of not robbery to take advantage of the resources within and outside of the TIP Program. Mr. Elcock has worked diligently to set goals in which he set for himself and with the assistance of his case managers, they have met and exceeded these goals! We commend you for your hard work and dedication for wanting better for yourself and community.



“I'm going this way... Either you are with me or you aren't.”

Mr. Elcock was enlisted for a period of 4 years in the United States Marine Corps. During his time of discharge, he discharged as a Basic Food Service Specialist after serving in this capacity for 2 years and 7 months. One of his favorite memories of being in the service was seeing how African Americans were treated outside of America amazing. Mr. Elcock choose to enlist in the Marine Corps as a way of exploring the world and the opportunities it has to offer and getting out of the hood.



“How do we know that we are grown?

By the way we handle our business.”

While Mr. Elcock was enrolled in the TIP Program, he set goals for himself to accomplish, by the grace of Allah he was able to meet his goals, his three goals include:

  1. Paying for and maintaining my own apartment.

  2. Obtain a driver’s license and stable vehicle to drive to Georgia to get my boys.

  3. Transition into home ownership within 30 days.

Mr. Elcock describes the Transition in Place Program with this simple phrase here:

“JOB WELL DONE!”



“The formula for success...Oh believers, (1) patiently endure, (2) persevere, (3) stand guard and (4) be mindful of Allah so that I can be successful.”


Thinking on this last question, as to what or who motivated me to stay focus and motivated, I would be remised if I didn’t say this, I was motivated by Mr. Augusta Hite because he helped me to refocus my energy. He was the push that I needed to do better for myself, my children, and my community. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the Hand Up Staff for allowing me this opportunity to recenter, rebuild and refocus.




Thank you all again for taking this journey with us,

Humbly,

Handup Community Resource Center Staff


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February is known for the month of love and also it is known as Heart Health Month.

February is known for the month of love and also it is known as Heart

Health Month. This month brings awareness about one of the most

overlooked silent killers, heart disease. If you didn’t already know, heart

disease is the leading cause of death amongst men and women.



4 Ways to Take Control of Your Heart Health


  1. Don’t smoke or if you choose to smoke, limit your daily smoking regimen.Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

  2. Manage underlying health conditions. Use all medicines appropriately, you have been prescribed them for a reason.

  3. Make heart-healthy eating changes. Eat foods low in trans-fat, saturated fat, added sugar, and sodium. At least half of your plate should be vegetables and fruits and aim for low sodium food options.

  4. Stay active. Get moving and get moving! Exercise for a total of 30 minutes each day, go walking, jogging, or swimming, to increase your heart rate.


“The secret is getting ahead is getting started.” – Sally Berger




“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”


– Dr. Mae Jemison


Every year, during the month of February we pay homage to those great African American Inventors, Doctors, Nurses, Civil Rights Activist, Lawyers, Professors, Abolitionist, Hair Stylist, and so much more, who have paved the way and whose inventions, products and life lessons are still being used in today in 2021, we cannot express our gratitude and thank you enough.


Famous Inventions Created by African Americans


Include:

• Mops

• Blood Plasma Bags

• Fire Extinguishers

• Potato Chips

• Elevators

• Bicycle Frame

• Type Writing Machines

• Air Conditioner Design

• Traffic Signal Lights

• Folding Chairs

• Pacemakers

• Lawn Movers


Transitional Testimony:


Kudos! Congratulations to one of our beloved Transition in Place Veterans, who thought of not robbery to take advantage of the resources within and outside od the TIP Program. Mr. Ortiz has worked tirelessly to set goals in which he set for himself and with the assistance of his case managers, they have met and exceed these goals!


Mr. Ortiz has been a member of the TIP Program since March 2019.




“You can’t play the game if you got the wrong equipment.”


Mr. Ortiz’s favorite part of the TIP Program is the case managers, he expressed that we’ve made him feel like part of the family. He can call whoever for whatever, and as a team we will find a solution to the issue at hand. Mr. Ortiz would recommend this program to any veteran in need, in the words of Mr. Ortiz, “Don’t enter the program if you’re not going to take it seriously.”


“Helping individuals and families in transition.”

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During the months of January and February we were able to house two new Veterans and welcome them into our TIP Program!