Youth Development Spotlight: Emily DeCarlo

Emily DeCarlo, LCSW has always loved seeing people, especially children, learn and grow. “Seeing their resiliency is all the motivation I need,” she said. Emily joined Family Service of Roanoke Valley as Manager of Community Counseling Programs in November 2016. She oversees community counseling programs in Youth Development like therapeutic day treatment, intensive in-home counseling, …

What is the connection between counseling and eating disorders?

“What you get the patient to tell you is worth much more than what you tell the patient.” Counseling—especially through asking the right questions and practicing therapeutic listening skills—can save the life of someone struggling with an eating disorder. Daryl Smith-Oswald, RD, LD, LLC, tells us in Today’s Dietitian article “Insights From Eating Disorder Counseling,” …

Governor McAuliffe puts more emphasis on mental health

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday January 11, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe expanded on the increased spending on mental health he first proposed in his budget last year.  When he proposed his amendments to the 2016-2018 budget in December, Governor McAuliffe included a $31.7 million dollar expansion on state spending on mental …

Our Annual Report is Out!

In 2016, Family Service of Roanoke Valley reached its 115 year anniversary of providing service to our community. Our annual report details our achievements this year. These achievements are only made possibly by generous donations from our community members, so thank you to everyone who donated their time or money this past year. In 2015-16, Family …

Our Holiday Potluck!

Each year, Family Service of Roanoke Valley celebrates the holidays with a festive gathering. We recognize staff members for years of service and have a special recognition for those who go above and beyond the call of duty. We share in food and fellowship and have a good time together! We give gratitude to one …

Giving Tuesday

Family Service of Roanoke Valley would like to thank everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday! This year’s donations allowed eight community members to receive mental healthcare on our sliding scale fee. Your donations helped heal the wounds we cannot see. #GivingTuesday #HandstoHold