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Family Service of Roanoke Valley

$5,215.00 contributions
67 donors

Raised: $5215Remaining: $2285

Helping people find their happiest, healthiest lives

Prevention, counseling and support services where people Live, Learn and Play

As our Roanoke Valley Gives mascot Raggedy Andy is on the move, bringing joy and laughter everywhere he goes--the families who struggle with difficult lives need therapy and treatment where they live, learn and play.

By Donating Today, You Give Youth Like Feness the Chance to Reach Their Goals

Healthy communities begin with healthy youth. If young people are to be successful, they must first be given the opportunity to escape circumstances plaguing their ability to learn and be productive. 



Feness, in 5th grade at the time, faced a stressful and slightly lonely life.
She didn’t feel good about herself and was unsure what kind of person she would become as she went onto middle and high school. The “stereotypical” teenage girl obsesses about boys, parties, and gets in to trouble.  She did not want that to be her future.
When Feness found Family Service of Roanoke Valley’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP), she found people who cared. 
TOP® is just one way Family Service brings mental health care and support services into the community, where people live, learn and play.
Feness received lessons on healthy decision making, leadership, positive peer interaction, and family involvement. She had the opportunity to grow and shine through service learning projects. She felt she had more people to talk to when life got difficult. Attending TOP® at the West End Center for Youth throughout her years in middle and high school gave Feness the tools she needed to make positive decisions and set herself up for success.
She didn’t feel alone anymore. Most importantly, she learned how to love herself.


"I don't have to be ashamed of who I am. I know I'm a good person."

After graduating from Patrick Henry High School, Feness worked three jobs to put herself through college. She uses skills she learned in TOP® every day to reach her goals. As she works harder than ever, she still reaches out to the adults she met through TOP®, who are extremely proud of her and anxious to hear of her next move.

Family Service is a dynamic, multi-service agency that has served a diverse population of clients by providing critical services to Roanoke Valley residents since 1901. 

We offer programs and services on a sliding fee scale
and accept Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance,
so clients can afford the help they need. 
Operating on a $1.9 million budget, Family Service depends on the support of generous donors, corporate sponsors, local, state and federal grants, allocations from United Way, and public funding. Insurance reimbursements and program service fees paid by clients do not cover all the costs related to bringing treatment and therapy to families in our community.
Give Today to make sure everyone in our community receives the help they need to live happy, healthy lives.

To learn more, visit our website at or contact Ruth Cassell, Chief Development Officer, at or (540) 563-5316 x3032.

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Updates and Donors' Comments


Keep doing the important work you do! Mental health is often overlooked but is so key to so many of societal problems!


Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley is so proud to work with Family Service. Thank you for all you do!


Thanks for all the great work you do!


Thanks, FSRV, for all you do!