The Empowerment Group

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The Empowerment Group (For adults with disabilities age 18 and older that have graduated from high school)

This peer support group will enable you to meet new people, explore new ideas, lead your life with confidence, accomplish new things, and talk with others about your dreams, goals, thoughts or concerns. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the dRC. For more information contact Grace Marshall at or Kathy Uchytil at or 540-373-2559.


Sharing Our Life Experience (SOLE)

Share Our Life Experience

Have you got SOLE?

SOLE, Sharing Our Life Experiences, is a group of young adults with disabilities that meet at the dRC twice a month on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m .  SOLE’s vision is to empower each other while working on independent living skills, social skills, soft employment skills and more in a fun and supported environment.  Registration is required prior to attending. RSVP to Debe Fults at or 540-373-2559.



Sign Language Classes

Sign Language Classes

6-week session, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  at the dRC.  The next session of classes starts February 4, 2020.  Learn basic sign language words and phrases to help you communicate with others.  This class is for those who have and have not taken Basic Language Class in the past. New phrases, new information, and new communication opportunities are taught in this interactive class.

Cost for this session is $75 which includes a book.  For those who have taken a sign language class at the dRC before, please bring the book you were issued in your prior class.   To register and pay for the class, link to I Like Sign Language Class.    Contact ReBecca Bennett at 540-373-2559 or  for more information.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

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Do you have a chronic disease?  Do you want to live well?  You can improve your health and well-being by participating in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) otherwise known as “Live Well, Virginia!”  This FREE 6-week series begins January 10 and goes to  February 21st, 2020 (Note that there is no class Jan. 17 due to Virginia state holiday).  Classes begin 10 a.m. and finish at noon at the dRC.   CDSMP is an evidence-based self-management program that was developed at Stanford University and sessions are led by two trained volunteers.

While medical advice is not given to participants, many self-management topics are covered.  These topics include working with your health care professional, dealing with depression, making informed treatment decisions, medication usage, communication skills, healthy eating, better breathing techniques, pain and fatigue management, preventing falls, making decisions, physical activity, dealing with difficult emotions, problem-solving, making an action plan, getting a good night’s sleep, and using your mind to manage symptoms.

In the United States, approximately 80% of older adults have one chronic condition and nearly 70% of Medicare beneficiaries have two or more chronic conditions.  According to the CDC, about 95% of health care costs for older Americans can be attributed to chronic disease.  By participating in CDSMP, individuals can improve communication with their health care team, improve medication management, reduce symptoms of depression, decrease fatigue/improve sleep, improve quality of life, and reduce emergency room visits.  For more information, contact Tennie Gratz,, or Kim Lett,, or  call 540-373-2559.

Parkinson’s Support Group

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Parkinson’s Support group – 4th Wednesday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to noon. – Providing information, friendship, understanding, and support! Contact: Earline Haney, 540-371-7334.