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Our Impact

Making a Difference

At RV Collective Response, we are deeply dedicated to creating substantial, positive changes in our region. We’re eager to share the growth and strides RV Collective has made in impacting our community.

Our “Places of Recovery” campaign is a cornerstone of our efforts. It has successfully established compassionate environments crucial for healing and building resilience. These spaces are more than just locations; they are nurturing communities where individuals can find comfort and support.

Another key initiative is our Peer Recovery Network. This network is instrumental in connecting individuals with trained peers who have walked similar paths. The power of shared experiences cannot be overstated—they instill hope and foster a sense of solidarity and understanding.

Moreover, our comprehensive online resources directory is critical in bridging the gap between those in need and essential support services. It’s more than just a directory; it’s a lifeline that empowers individuals to take proactive steps toward their recovery.

Overall, our collective efforts are making a difference and leaving a significant, lasting impact. We are transforming lives and contributing to a more understanding, compassionate, and supportive society. Through our initiatives, we’re not just addressing the challenges of addiction and mental health; we’re nurturing a community where recovery and resilience are possible for everyone.


Milestone 01:

Official Blueprint “Plan” launch

September 2020

Milestone 02:

Launched Advocacy Campaign

Spring 2021

Milestone 03:

Received funding through the City of Roanoke to collaborate with the Roanoke-Valley Alleghany Regional Commission

Winter 2021

Milestone 04:


Begin current initiatives including: new and innovative recovery housing, and creating a Peer Recovery Network

Spring 2022


Establishing the Peer Recovery Network

RV Collective Response’s Peer Recovery Network, connecting individuals with trained peers who share similar experiences in addiction and recovery, is a testament to our commitment to fostering healing. This network provides a supportive space, inspiring hope and resilience through shared journeys.

Places of Recovery

The Places of Recovery campaign was launched with the heart to infuse hope into the community by sharing inspiring stories from locals who’ve triumphed over addiction. Our goal was to highlight treatment successes and fostered a supportive, understanding environment for those on their recovery journey.

Updated Resources and Support Directory

We’ve updated our directory to greatly improve our search abilities for those who are seeking support. Recognizing the need for easily accessible, wide-ranging resources, we’ve compiled educational materials, treatment service links, support group details, and emergency assistance information into one user-friendly platform.

Program Progress + Outcomes

Connected to Care (C2C)

The Connection to Care (C2C) project, inspired by RVCR’s Crisis Response working group, aims to enhance engagement with treatment and peer recovery services for individuals battling substance use. Backpacks containing Naloxone, essential supplies, and contact cards will be distributed at key locations. Virginia Tech researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of these backpacks in connecting individuals to treatment resources. This initiative showcases RVCR’s commitment to addressing the needs of individuals in active substance use through innovative approaches.

Family Service Project to Expand Counseling

RVCR’s Child and Family Support group has facilitated the expansion of counseling services by Family Service of Roanoke Valley (FSRV). With a Department of Justice grant, FSRV offers free individual and group counseling to those affected by opioid use disorder. Family support services assist caretakers in parenting and fostering a peaceful home environment.


The RESTORE Southwest Virginia program addresses the needs of families affected by the opioid crisis by offering career services and job training to women in recovery or those shouldering increased financial responsibility due to the crisis. Total Action for Progress (TAP) aims to serve 120 women in the Greater Roanoke, New River Valley, and Alleghany Highlands areas through this Department of Labor-funded initiative.

Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia (ORCCA):

The RVCR serves as the community advisory board for ORCCA, funded in part by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute ® (PCORI ®) Eugene Washington Engagement Award (# 460243) and serves as a model to engage communities in collective research regionally and nationally.