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Welcome to Miriam's House - Leadership
Rhonda Ford joined Miriam's House in 1995 as a relief staffer, a fact she always shares with new staff members.In 1997 Rhonda became Program Manager and was promoted to Executive Director in 1998.
continues to provide leadership for the organization through her
role as Steering Committee Chairperson.She also serves on the boards of Project Hope-Virginia's Homeless Education Project and the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness.
R honda is also a member of the Human Services Advisory Committee at Central Virginia Community College
.Rhonda holds a Master of Social Work degree from Radford University.
...Rhonda Ford, ex officio - Executive Director, Miriam's House
...Rhonda Ford, M.S.W. - Executive Director
"You go to the post office every day and you're really hopeful," said Rhonda Ford, executive director of Miriam's House, a long-term shelter for homeless women and children.
was pleasantly surprised when she
recently received a $1,000 check from a grantor she
had never heard of before.
NewsAdvance.com | A gift through music
Last week Rhonda Ford, the executive director of Miriam's House, could only shake her head and smile as she listened to the song, the poignant, mid-tempo "Children of a Lesser God."
"I am a little overwhelmed," she
Rhonda Ford is executive ...
Rhonda Ford is executive director of Miriam's House in Lynchburg. Ford
was caught by surprise when the CVCS
board announced the closing. It is not unusual for someone to enter Miriam's House after coming through the 28-day CVCS program, she said.
That meant assurance of nearly a month of clean time - but even then a woman can be very fragile in recovery. Miriam's House
doesn't expect instant cures, "because of the nature of the disease," she
said."We see recidivism in the homeless population" she
said, but they've also seen successes that continue in their success.
"This is going to impact homeless programs," she
NewsAdvance.com | Recording life on the streets
The data was part of a report Tuesday by Rhonda Ford to the Central Virginia Homeless and Housing Coalition, a group of about 50 organizations.The annual "point-in-time" count was 289, said Ford, coalition steering committee chairwoman.
A point-in-time count is a kind of snapshot of one day's population in emergency shelters and transitional housing, as well as the homeless who are not living in a sheltered setting.
The overall homeless numbers were boosted to 394 by an additional 105 children who were identified by the Lynchburg City Schools
as being homeless, Ford
said in her
This year's count of 289 includes evictions for the first time.The number, taken from court dockets, is people evicted on the day of the count, Jan. 25, said Ford, director of Miriam's House, a transitional program for women.
Last year's total count was 192 - without the Lynchburg City Schools
information or the evictions.
With the additional data, the count is "getting a lot closer to what we would expect to find in Lynchburg compared to other communities our size with our same demographics," Ford
said at Tuesday's coalition meeting.
According to Treney Tweedy, spokesman for Lynchburg City Schools
, the homeless students would include children who are living with a friend, relative or other person because they have either lost their home, or can't afford housing.Ford
also said the overall homeless numbers are beginning to include more of the "unsheltered homeless."
"We've been trying to capture this figure for years," she