April 2021
Spring is a time for new beginnings
Spring is a great time of year. With the blooming flowers and longer days comes renewed optimism that everything that was old is new again. As Lady Bird Johnson says, "Where flowers bloom so does hope." There are several exciting new changes coming to RPSV's programmingjust in time for Spring!
RPSV's Reston Wellness Center Reopening May 1!
RPSV's Reston facility, the Reston Wellness Center (located at 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 200), is preparing to reopen on May 1 to safely serve residents in the area.
For the past year, Reston staff have been busy in the community supporting participants on a one-on-one basis while also serving them via our virtual programs. Please check our website for all center updates.
A Recovery Center Success Story
“I am so glad I found RPSV’s Consumer Wellness Center (CWC). I have learned a lot, at CWC and through RPSV’s virtual support groups. RPSV has provided me with toiletries and new clothing. And, recently, the center director, Ms. Tonya, even gave me a laptop so I can improve my skills. Everyone at RPSV is friendly and caring. I appreciate them a lot!”
Introducing Virtual Evening and Saturday Support Groups
Beginning April 1, RPSV will be offering two virtual sessions daily.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we will offer sessions at 10:30 am and 2 pm.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays RPSV will host 10:30 am and 7 pm sessions.
On Saturdays, RPSV will offer a 3 pm virtual group livestreamed from our South County Alexandria facility.

Please download our calendar below or check our website for more details. Hope to see you soon!
April 2021 Virtual Programming Calendar
RPSV's Virtual Programs - Helping participants make friends during COVID
"I don't feel lonely anymore", stated a participant of RPSV's Overcoming Loneliness group. "Thank you, RPSV, for your online programs. They make me feel connected to the world during a time when isolation has made us all feel so alone."
Announcing Expanded Hours For the Virtual Warm Line
RPSV's Warm Line, which recently began offering virtual one-on-one sessions on Zoom in addition to our phone support, will be expanding its sessions to thirty minutes beginning April 7, giving participants more time to share. Virtual sessions will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm-8:30 pm starting next week.

The Warm Line via phone is available Monday through Thursday from 4 pm-11 pm. You can reach us at (703) 817-6124.

A Warm Line Testimony
“I feel privileged to have found the Warm Line. I can talk to them about anything―stress, everyday living, emotional or physical pain, and more, without fear of judgment or criticism.”
Why All The Changes?
We do all of this...because we care! We hope you will join us, and, please, help us spread the word to those you know who need support to pursue recovery. After all, we are all in this together!
Did you know...one in six Americans sought out counseling for the first time in 2020? Globally, everyone's mental health has been impacted due to the pandemic. If you need help, RPSV is here.
Check out our latest blog entry, Finding Your Why to learn more about the importance of knowing what motivates you to achieve your dreams.
Stay Positive! It's going to be all right.
Saying Thank You!
RPSV thanks Kara Simon of Loving Heart Holistic Wellness for presenting at a recent virtual Overcoming Anxiety group session. During the session, she taught breathing techniques to help attendees who experience anxiety. Kara is a multi-talented business owner. Her credentials include E-RYT 200, YACEP, Reiki II Practitioner, and yoga instructor.
 
Kara's presentation was greatly appreciated by those in attendance who have commented several times since her visit that they employ the techniques she taught whenever anxiety occurs. We really appreciate Kara's kindness and expertise! 
Meet Kara: Kara will be joining RPSV's Overcoming Loneliness group on Thursday, April 1 at 7 pm to teach breathing techniques to attendees. Please join us! Here's the Zoom link for the event.
Special thanks to Andrew Fernebok of Senior Entertainment, LLC who presented at a recent Overcoming Loneliness support group session. Andrew hosted a game called "It's Your Business" fashioned after the old TV show "What's My Line?" He usually hosts the game at area assisted living and nursing homes.

Although no one in the group was alive when the show aired, everyone picked up the concept quickly and had a blast trying to identify the first professions of fellow participants. There was lots of laughter and some surprises along the way too. Great job, Andrew! We really enjoyed your program. Come back anytime!
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RPSV hosted a virtual Sober St. Patrick's Day Celebration on March 17. It was an evening full of surprises, interactive activities, and great prizes! Thank you to the RPSV Board and the Warm Line staff who hosted the event, Leslie Wertz, Rebecca Byrd, Anisa Mustafa, and Michelle Bowser, and to everyone who joined us for this special night of fun.
RPSV's Wish List

RPSV's Recovery Centers are always seeking financial and in-kind donations to help better serve our participants. If you can help, please do so. You will find our most urgent needs below.

Food (staple and nonperishable items)
Toiletry and Hygiene items
Kitchen items (e.g., pots and pans, spices)
PPE's (masks, hand sanitizer)

To donate financially, please visit rpsva.org/donate-now
or find us on Venmo.com at RPSV_Cares.

See our In-Kind Wish List at rpsva.org/wish-list.

Thank you for caring!