History

In October of 2000, Robyn Dobyns was hired as director to create a Resource Center for rural Botetourt County with partial funds from a United Way Venture Grant. The mission of the Center was to strengthen the community in and around Buchanan, Virginia and to identify and clarify its social and human services. The Center is under the non-profit status of the Council of Community Services. It serves the population of Botetourt County from Eagle Rock to Daleville. The Center, initially called the Buchanan Resource Center changed its name in 2005 to the Botetourt Resource Center.

During 2001-2002, United Way Venture Grant funds were instrumental in giving the Resource Coordinator more hours to provide and coordinate services through the Center. Donations of furniture, computers, office materials, etc. were given from private citizens. The building was painted and made handicapped accessible.

During the second year, emphasis was placed on the coordination of crisis assistance to senior citizens and families in Botetourt County and making human service resources more accessible to this population. The coordination of the Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry (BAMA) and of crisis funds available from area churches made it possible for the Resource Center to assist those in need of emergency assistance. Programs successfully continued from the first year were the Senior Strength and Stretch aerobics for senior citizens through Botetourt Parks and Recreation, health screenings through Lifeline Screening, partnership with the League of Older Americans (LOA) to provide elderly transportation, and the Mountain View Clubhouse for mentally ill adults through Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare. The Center continued to be utilized as a Blood Drive Station and meeting place for presentations.

The new programs initiated in the second year included Counseling Services twice a week through Family Service of Roanoke Valley, a Mentorship Program for middle school students with high school trained mentors and co-facilitated by Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare/Prevention Plus once a week, and a partnership with Washington and Lee University to provide a pre-law student to help with public benefits issues. The Venture Grant ended in June of 2002.

During the third year of the Center, the Botetourt Faith in Action Volunteerism Program was established in 2003 with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Volunteers in the community do acts of care giving such as elderly transportation to doctor’s appointments, home repairs, shopping assistance, etc. Grants were received to assist in Senior Prescription Drug Assistance. Senior BINGO is held once a week as is Bingo for special needs adults. The Center has been a home for the Girl Scouts of America and presentations are given by different groups to help those in poverty and at risk. The Center begins its twelfth year of serving the Botetourt community. All donations to the Center are tax deductible.