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Choices office opens in Shenandoah

The Valley Banner

SHENANDOAH — A resource for those in crisis has opened in town.

Choices of Page County opened an office at 208 Virginia Ave. two weeks ago.

Sarah Warf, a 24-year-old graduate of Appalachian Bible College, located in Mount Hope near Beckley, W.Va., is staffing the office, which is located between the post office and Masonic lodge.

Warf will give referrals for services that Choices offers in Luray for those in domestic violence or sexual abuse situations or are homeless. This can include information about going to court and getting into their Luray shelter, for example.

Warf has been getting out in the community meeting people to let them know about the office and services provided, including counseling and support groups.

“I always wanted to help people,” she said.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in family services and counseling, Warf worked at a drug detoxification center and was a victim advocate at a community agency.

Victim advocacy and community outreach are what she’s doing at Choices, a non-profit that opened in 1986.

“We’re just really excited about this opportunity,” said Debbie Dart, executive director of Choices. “(Sarah’s) got a lot of experience and brings new energy to our agency.”

Dart noted that the organization gets Virginia Homeless Services Program funds that it uses to help those in its shelter obtain permanent housing. It helps with full or partial utility and rental deposits and rent for up to three months, she said.

Office hours for the Shenandoah location are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Warf at 218-4028.



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