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Miriam's House 409 Magnolia Street
Miriam's House is dedicated to ending homelessness through the empowerment of women and families. We offer housing programs designed to limit the length of time families experience homelessness and quickly return homeless families to the community. Miriam's Ho... more.
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.Rhonda 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
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 said.
WOW Luncheon 2008 - Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
Rhonda Ford - Miriam's House
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 report.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 said.
NewsAdvance.com | Minimum wage bill on deck
Rhonda Ford, executive director of Miriam's House in Lynchburg and a member of the state homeless coalition, said she went to Richmond to lobby for the bill a couple of weeks ago because it is critical to help women and families support themselves."I truly challenge anyone to live by themselves on $5.15 an hour, let alone support a family," Ford said.A raise to $8.15 an hour would only bring folks up to the poverty level, Ford said.Ford has been trying to rally local support for the bill and urges people to contact their legislators.She said the fight for fair wages would continue."Even if we're not successful this year, it's not something we're going to give up on," she said.