Given the current status and outbreak of COVID-19, Community Solutions is directing our Community-Based Practitioners (Mentors, Life Coaches, Employment Specialists, etc) to provide services virtually, rather than face-to-face visits and interactions. This change is being implemented in accordance with guidance provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health Services, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Centers for Disease Control. We are preparing our staff to effectively provide support and guidance to the clients referred to CS during this difficult time. Specifically, we are asking our community-based staff to do the following:
Our residential treatment home is undergoing continuous sanitation activity and best practices in health and safety have been implemented.
Since our inception in 2000, Community Solutions has operated in a professional manner to improve the lives of our clients and to help them overcome obstacles they face on a daily basis. We will continue to be there for the community as we work through this latest challenge.
Please call us should you have any questions, (757)461-5098.
Community Solutions is proud to announce the addition of two new team members to lead our Taheima Place Residential Treatment home.
Carla Taylor, CSAC, is the Clinical Director for Taheima Place. She is a Norfolk State graduate with a Master’s Degree in Urban Education specializing in Guidance and Counseling. For the past 14 years Ms. Taylor has worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields with adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical programs including In-home Counseling with youth, Mental Health Support Services with adults, and as the Program Director of a methadone clinic. She is a certified provider of the Seven Challenges Counseling Program that she incorporates into all of her client work. Carla excels at providing guidance and support to Community Solutions’ clients in a holistic and positive manner.
Corey Phillips, Taheima Place Program Director is a native of rocky Mount, NC who migrated to the Hampton Roads area to attend Norfolk State University on an athletic scholarship. He graduated from NSU in 1993 majoring in Sociology. Mr. Phillips is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) who has over 26 years of experience working with at risk juveniles and adults with substance abuse and mental health challenges. He worked for MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) programs for the past 7 years and is a practitioner of Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), an evidenced-based modality particularly effective with chemically dependent clients. He has many years of experience working within the field of addiction as a counselor and case manager and he is a certified practitioner with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
For more information on Taheima Place, please call us at (757)461-5098.
A big thank you to our partners at Cinema Cafe for participating in the Community Solutions Annual Stocking Tree program. The loyal and generous customers of Cinema Cafe have once again shown their true holiday spirit and love by purchasing gifts for disadvantaged youth throughout Southside Hampton Roads.
From remote control cars to baby dolls to video games, gift cards and clothes, the citizens of our communities are helping to make Christmas brighter for many kids throughout the area who would not have had a present to open otherwise.
Again, thank you Cinema Cafe and all of the Christmas Angels who helped us this year!
WHAT IS TRAUMA?
Unfortunately traumatic events can happen to anyone, including children. Some experiences happen once throughout childhood while other events continue to occur on multiple occasions. The event impacts a child differently depending on their developmental age and other factors.
Trauma occurs when we become overwhelmed by the impact of the events and struggle to use our usual coping skills.
These are some examples of traumatic events:
Age Common Observations
2-5 years (pre-school)
6-12 years (elementary school)
12 – 19 years (middle school & high school)
How can you help your child?
Remember to be available long after you think they “should be over it.”
Adapted from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Consortium of Trauma, Illness & Grief and Laura Bray Harting , The Center for Living with Loss
by Larry Grossman
Thirty-five yeas ago my friend, Larry Sawyer and I (the 2 Larry's) started the Over the Hill Bowl combining our passion for football with the opportunity to support the H.E.R. Shelter, a great organization that provides support to female and child victims of domestic violence here in Hampton Roads. While our football prowess has steadily diminished over the years, the tradition continues and each year old and new friends get together, play football, eat lunch and write checks to support the Shelter. Literally, thousands of players have participated over the past 3 decades and over $200,000 has been raised for the Shelter.
One of the chief goals we have is to increase awareness of the challenges women and children face who live in abusive situations. This past Saturday eight coed teams including the Community Solutions OTH Gang, took the field and had a full morning of touch football, lots of laughs, trophies and yes, even some education about the serious topic of domestic violence.
While Larry and I have passed the baton of organizing the Over the Hill Bowl we are confident that the new generation of volunteers will keep it going for many years to come. Kudos to our friend Amy Harmon for volunteering to put the event together the last few years. The Over The Hill Bowl is held the Saturday before the Super Bowl every year in Portsmouth, VA behind Churchland High School.
Anyone interested in putting a team in for the 2020 event feel free to call Community Solutions at 757-461-5098 for more information. Prior football experience is not a prerequisite to participate in this fun event!