Thanks to Hearts and Hammers!

Dublin Baptist Church’s representatives from the local volunteer-led program, Hearts and Hammers, Debbie and Dave Clonch, received a gift basket given in appreciation by New River Valley Disability Resource Center’s Executive Director, Frank Hayes, in our offices in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Dave and Debbie Clonch hold a gift from the New River Valley Disability Resource Center's Frank Hayes, Executive Director
Hearts and Hammers awarded a gift basket for their assistance in Pulaski, Virginia area to New River Valley Disability Resource Center consumers

Hearts and Hammers Program volunteers provide labor and work to acquire funding for projects, including installation of roll-in showers, accessibility ramps and grab bars for disabled persons in demonstrated need, within the Pulaski County, Virginia region of the New River Valley.

Our First ‘Granting Freedom’ Grant Application

Today our Center celebrated the completion of our first ‘Granting Freedom’ grant application. Our Center’s consumer, a United States veteran, expressed appreciation for the support he received in the process to obtain a walk-in shower adaptation, replacing the standard bathtub he could no longer use with ease.

A happy consumer stands beside the Center's Independent Living Coordinator, Matt Shelor
Consumer with Matt Shelor, the Center’s Independent Living Coordinator

Independence on a Mission

The New River Valley Disability Resource Center located in Christiansburg opened its doors in June 2016. Once operating as a satellite of the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke, the NRV DRC’s presence focuses on assisting people with disabilities within the four counties of the New River Valley – Floyd, Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles – plus the city of Radford. But “focus” is a deceiving term when considering the work ahead.

The Roanoke Times