Discover the latest news about The Up Center.For more information or to set up an interview with one of our representatives, please contact Hannah Billings, Marketing & Communications Manager, at (757) 769-8862.
June 26, 2015
Release: New Fiscal Year Brings Transition
Two community programs to discontinue services at the end of the month.
May 28, 2015
Learn about foster parenting and more at The Up Center
May is National Foster Care Month and the need for safe and loving homes for children is greater than ever.
May 5, 2015
Norfolk sheriff issues challenge to “step up” for The Up Center
Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe has challenged other sheriff’s to “step up” and walk the stairs of the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, the state’s tallest building.
May 5, 2015
It’s time to step up for a good cause
Hundreds will race to the top of the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center to raise funds for The Up Center.
April 24, 2015
5th Annual Step Up For The Up Center
The Hampton Roads Show
Step Up organizers and supporters join the fun on Hampton Road’s energetic morning show!
April 8, 2015
Child Abuse Reduction in the Community
Heather Watkins, Outreach & Recruitment Specialist, shares how The Up Center works every day to prevent child abuse in our community.
April 1, 2015
Climbers will step up for the community
Step Up coordinators Sara Salter and Andria McClellan share how Step Up is important to The Up Center’s ability to provide quality services in our Community.
May 4, 2015
Release: Foster Parents Crucial to Children in Need
The Up Center marks National Foster Care Month with free information sessions.
May 4, 2015
Release: May is Mental Health Month
The Up Center brings awareness to the importance of mental health in overall health and well-being.
March 25, 2015
Release: April Marks Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Up Center brings awareness with parent classes and pinwheel gardens
January 26, 2015
Free tax help for veterans at Up Center
Tuwana Jones, Director of Housing Financial Stability, share how veterans can get free help filing their tax services and applying for other services.
January 19, 2015
Release: Free Services Available to Veterans
The office of Housing & Financial Counseling is offering free services to local veterans on Friday, January 30, 9:00 to 6:00 p.m.
January 19, 2015
Release: The Up Center Offers Free Tax Services
The office of Housing & Financial Counseling offers tax preparation and other free services throughout the tax season.
January 1, 2015
Release: Step Up Returns
The Up Center’s popular event returns this spring to Virginia’s tallest building, right here in Hampton Roads!
December 30, 2014
Are you eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit?
Tuwana Jones, Director of Housing Financial Stability, shares how the Earned Income Tax Coalition is helping residents receive free help with tax preparation.
November 19, 2014
Release: The Up Center Featured Charity on HRT Holiday Express
Hampton Roads Transit names The Up Center as beneficiary of annual awareness campaign.
November 17, 2014
You Were Chosen: Postcard from National Adoption Day
Editor Jesse Scaccia highlights the love and joy at the National Adoption Day event held at Nauticus in Norfolk.
September 19, 2014
Young offenders Face Forward instead of looking back
Tanyika Carter, Up Center Books Project Director, discusses the innovative program aimed at helping provide opportunity for young people in Norfolk.
May 15, 2014
The United Way thanks donors
The United Way honors The Up Center with a Trailblazer Award and thanks our employees for their support.
May 14, 2014
Foster Parents needed
Recruitment Specialist Shonya Anderson discusses the agency’s foster care and adoption services and the free information sessions for adults that may want to help.
April 23, 2014
Obici Healthcare Foundation awards grants
The Obici Healthcare Foundation includes The Up Center in a round up of nonprofits that were awarded with new funding.
March 19, 2014
A life-altering decision
The Up Center expanded its services to Western Tidewater to meet the great demand of foster children in Hampton Roads.
March 17, 2014
Info session on foster care set
A free informational session on becoming a foster or adoptive family through the Up Center is set for this Saturday at the Virginia Diner in Wakefield.
March 7, 2014
First Person Tina Gill
Inside Business Meet Tina Gill, the new president and CEO of The Up Center.
February 26, 2014
TFC expansion release
Nearly 4,000 children are in need of a loving family right here in Hampton Roads.
December 23, 2013
The Up Center has helped people for 130 years
Capture the history and vision for a better tomorrow from the region’s oldest and largest family services agency.
November 13, 2013
Up Center promotes adoption awareness
Adoption Resources Coordinator, Shawn Ware-Avant, addresses the need for more adoptive families right here in Hampton Roads.
November 10, 2013
When it comes to the company kitchen, we can all get burned”
Reporter Phil Walzer includes The Up Center in a round up of agencies that can handle internal conflicts.
October 28, 2013
Adoption Month/Housing & Financial Assistance Programs
Human Services Forum
Jose Cabrera shares his experiences as an adoptive father. John Allen and Tuwana Jones discuss new Tax Coalition services.
September 12, 2013
Social worker presents scientific approach to fighting poverty in Norfolk
WVEC-TV Dr. Marcella Wilson shares her Transition to Success model with human services colleagues in Norfolk.
July 19, 2013
The Up Center wins Best Places to Work – Medium Company
The agency was selected as a best place to work for attaining an exceptionally high employee satisfaction survey rate and low employee turnover.
April 30, 2013
Woman fights for job lost after background check mix up
Financial Counselor Tuwana Jones assists a local woman correct her credit report, and in turn, helped her regain employment.
April 29, 2013
For summer internships, outlook improving – slowly
Cameron Williams talks about his anticipation of his internship at the agency this summer.
April 2, 2013
The Up Center, Foster Care and Housing and Financial Counseling segments
Cox Connections, Ch. 11
January 30, 2013
Seminar focuses on empowering victims of trauma
13News Noon Show, WVEC-TV
The Up Center’s Trauma Informed Care conference featured 3 national speakers from SAMHSA who discussed how to adapt and assist trauma victims.
January 16, 2013
Great need for foster parents in Hampton Roads
WVEC-TV Noon Show
Recruitment Specialist Shonya Anderson discusses how many children need our services in Hampton Roads and how others can help.
January 9, 2013
Hampton Roads Show, WAVY-TV
The Up Center appeared as the live studio audience on The Hampton Roads Show and told viewers why they should Step UP on Jan. 26th.
January 8, 2013
Climb up to help Up Center programs
The Up Center’s Board Chair Amanda Gift and Development Director Devan MacConnell showcase the benefits of climbing through Step Up.
January 4, 2013
Step Up with the Up Center
WAVY’s Don Roberts and Face of Fox43 Rhonda rev up for Step Up on January 26th!
December 15, 2012
Churchland for Your Corner
The Up Center’s foster parenting workshop was highlighted in Pamela Nichols’ column highlighting benefits of foster parenting and cover the needed criteria, job description of foster parents, and role of the foster care/adoption agency.
November 14, 2012
Exhibit to Promote Importance of Adoption
Shawn Ware-Avant of The Up Center discusses how many children in Hampton Roads need our help through adoption during WVEC’s 13News Noon Show
November 14, 2012
Interactive Exhibit to Promote Adoption
The Adoption Journey, an interactive exhibit will provide an inside look of the life of a foster child, adoption resources and more on Nov. 18th at Pembroke Mall.
November 1, 2012
The Adoption Journey
The Up Center and three other local adoption agencies, Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia, United Methodist Family Services, will host The Adoption Journey, an interactive exhibition showing guests the adoption process and the impact it has on children needing a loving home, on Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach.
October 19, 2012
The Up Center holds annual meeting
The annual meeting showcases the agency’s success stories and the growth in the past year.
August 21, 2012
August. 25 workshop on preventing foreclosure
Homeowners can take advantage of free expert advice at The Up Center’s workshop on foreclosure prevention and first-time homebuying.
August 6, 2012
Amerigroup Foundation helps fund summer camp tuition for children with disabilities.
July 25, 2012
Amerigroup Foundation presents $20,000 grant to The Up Center
Children and adults with disabilities can now enjoy a fun-filled summer camp and therapeutic day support, thanks to this new funding!
July 1, 2012
PeopleNet with Cookie Palacios
Mary Brantley, The Up Center’s Clinical Supervisor discusses important social topics and the services available to help.
June 15, 2012
Hundreds of Children Waiting for Mentors
LaShawnda Walke excels in school with the help of her mentor Amanda Frederickson, an assistant principal at Plaza Middle School in Virginia Beach.
June 13, 2012
Recognizing the importance of fathers
Beth Beck Land shares important lessons taught by her father.
May 30, 2012
Ahmond’s Winning New FamilyAhmond, a former foster child, find a loving adoptive family with the help of The Up Center.
May 15, 2012
The Up Center shared uplifting stories at the historic Wilcox house in March.
May 7, 2012
Up Center Books
Bottom Line, WAVY-TV
Host Don Roberts explores our unique bookstore that helps those with barriers to employment find marketable job skills.
April 3, 2012
Norfolk mediation center closes doors after 22 years
The Up Center helps strengthen families through a new program, Mediation Services, recently taking over Conflict Resolution Services in Norfolk.
March 29, 2012
Hundreds Step Up to Help Out in Norfolk
Media Sponsor WAVY-TV 10 reports on our stair climbing event, which raised more than $85,000 for programs and services.
March 15, 2012
Hampton Roads Show, WAVY-TVtarget=”_blank””>Lifting Up Lives, One Step at a time
Board Chair Andria McClellan and 2011 Top Fundraiser Michele Hessel entice viewers to participate in our annual stair climb.
March 12, 2012
Inside Fitness with Kevin Andris
Board Officer Kevin Andris shares some training tips that Norfolk Southern’s team is using for the big race.
February 15, 2012
Nine-year-old Rodnique wants to be a soldier and an artist, but needs help juggling his projects with school. This is where you can step in to make a difference through mentoring.
January 10, 2012
A Fresh Start: Re-entry from Prison
Hearsay with Cathy Lewis, WHRV-TV
Hear about the struggles of those that were formerly incarcerated; and the agencies that are helping to get this segment back into the working society. The Up Center’s Board Chair discusses our job training program and highlights the successes of graduate Juanita Rivera-Gordon.
January 5, 2012
Gallery Hopes to Open Hearts and Homes
Most of us take pictures to capture a moment, but some are taken to capture your heart.
That is the idea behind the “Heart Gallery”.
January 3, 2012
Roving Exhibit Aims to Raise Adoption Awareness
A picture is worth a thousand words, the saying goes. About 20 children featured in the Virginia Heart Gallery are hoping their grins are worth a happy home.
December 22, 2011
Step Up For a Healthier New You in 2012
Individuals get in shape and help out their community during The Up Center’s annual stair climb.
December 9, 2011
Dia DuVernet Among Hampton Roads’ Top 25 Women in Business
Dia DuVernet receives the Women in Business Achievement Award for her contributions to the local economy and for mentoring others. Click here for official news release.
December 7, 2011
There are more than 200 boys, such as Jalen featured here on this WAVY clip, who are on the waiting list for a mentor. To become a positive role model, contact Jonathan Watford at 397-2121.
December 5, 2011
Local volunteers show the dramatic feats accomplished through mentoring!
November 11, 2011
The Up Center is a recipient of a grant.
October 31, 2011
The Up Center Secures $470,000 Federal Grant to Expand Transitional Jobs Program
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The Up Center was recently awarded a grant of more than $470,000 from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families for Up Center Books, a program that trains and employs individuals facing barriers to employment, including homelessness, past incarceration, low education attainment and substance abuse recovery.
October 20, 2011
Social Security Administration looks for answers in captivity case
The Up Center’s Sam Hochberg offers advice on how people can protect their loved one’s finances in this WAVY-TV clip.
October 11, 2011
From The Ground Up: Johnny Rogers
Johnny Rogers shares his story of battling substance abuse to rising above adversity and attaining full-time employment at The Up Center.
September 15, 2011
Foreclosure Activity Falls in Hampton Roads
John Allen offers a compelling status of foreclosures in the region.
August 29, 2011
The story behind this bookstore is uplifting
Juanita Rivera-Gordon turns her life around with the help of Up Center Books.
August 14, 2011
Frank Batten, a man of means, a life of meaning
Delve into the life of Frank Batten through this Virginian-Pilot book review.
July 29, 2011
Jakwon, a Team Up mentee, may not have a prominent father figure in his life, but he does have big dreams.
July 29, 2011
First Person: Devan MacConnell
Learn what drives Devan MacConnell in her nonprofit work and how she plans to contribute to The Up Center.
July 27, 2011
Simple steps can put more money in your pocket by 2012
John Allen, vice president of Financial & Housing Services, offers tips on how you can save money.
July 20, 2011
Local Navy wife enjoys an afternoon with her 10-year-old mentee Zaria at The Virginia Zoo.
July 13, 2011
target=”_blank”>Up Center hosts autism social skills group
The program, which started in October, is hosted in six-week sessions and funded by a grant provided by the Obici Foundation. The center is now hosting its fourth group at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church on Mondays.
July 7, 2011
The Up Center taps Devan MacConnell as new development director
The Up Center announced today that Devan MacConnell has been named Director of Development. In this role, she will implement strategic fundraising initiatives, such as major gift solicitations, planned giving and corporate sponsorship programs, to expand and maintain The Up Center’s base of private support.
July 2, 2011
Making better dads
Through weekly group meetings, The Up Center’s Fatherhood group offers men guidance on how to be better fathers to their children and on how to improve their relationship with their children’s mother.
June 30, 2011
Foundation promises campers fun summer
This summer, Camp Horizon will see new faces enjoying a fun-filled break.
May 22, 2011
Forum in Va. Beach tries to link veterans to mental help
Fred Weston, The Up Center’s Director for Outpatient Clinical Services, discusses the effects of PTSD.
May 17, 2011
Returning from war: Helping loved ones in the military overcome PTSD
Help is out there for military veterans and families dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
May 16, 2011
Expert advice on dealing with credit card late fees
Credit card statements can be daunting if you are already late on a payment. Learn some useful tips in handling your credit.
April 27, 2011
Thanks to Chuck Melcher, board member for The Up Center, Timmy Council gets to play soccer with the Norfolk United Soccer League.
April 11, 2011
Up Center Books Spring Book Drive
Hampton Roads Business Journal drives attention to the Up Center Books event on April 30th.
April 6, 2011
Companies promise help, prey on fears of homeowners
Up Center Financial Counselor Tuwana Jones shares helpful information in regards to mortgage scams.
April 3, 2011
Hundreds step up for a good cause
WAVY arrives on event day and showcases The Up Center mission in this recap segment.
April 1, 2011
Stepping Up for The Up Center
Team Up Mentor Alex Stukes and Mentee Demitri share their Step Up story with Don Roberts as a preview to the event.
March 31, 2011
Moving on up
Editor Jesse Scaccia interviews proclimber Ken Myers of Philadelphia, Pa. regarding Step Up for The Up Center stair climb.
March 23, 2011
Up Center opens brick-and-mortar bookstore in Norfolk
Retail reporter Carolyn Shapiro captures Up Center Books soft launch.
March 21, 2011
The Up Center hosts 2nd Annual Stair Climb
News Channel 3 reports on Step Up event.
March 19, 2011
Bookstore to open
Hampton Roads Business Journal includes a news brief on Norfolk’s newest used bookstore and job training program.
March 18, 2011
Race to the top for The Up Center
A daily blogger spreads the word to the Peninsula.
March 16, 2011
Step up for a great cause and great exercise
100-story climber and top fundraiser Michele Hessel and Board Chairperson Andria McClellan explain why everyone should step up on April 3.
March 14, 2011
Stair Climbers prep for Norfolk fundraiser
Step Up for The Up Center Boot Camps allow climbers to train for the big event.
March 13, 2011
Stepping it Up for the Community
The Up Center’s 2nd Annual stair climb challenges everyone 8 years and up to get moving.
March 11, 2011
Credit Chaos for Local Military Man
Financial Counselor Tuwana Jones advises what to do if you find mistakes on your credit report.
February 25, 2011
Working out with Pierce Tyler
Pierce Tyler of xTuple, a Norfolk software firm, aims to race up 50 stories at Dominion Tower during the Step Up for the Up Center stair climb, April 3.
February 20, 2011
So many more kids than we have mentors
The Up Center’s Team Up Mentoring program, Team Up, helps cultivate trusting relationships and motivates students to be successful.
February 10, 2011
Foreclosures drop in region as lenders slow process
Foreclosures fell steeply in Hampton Roads last month as banks and lenders pulled back on repossessing and auctioning off homes.
February 9, 2011
From the Ground Up: Telling Stories from The Up Center
A new partnership with Editor Jesse Scaccia enables The Up Center to tell its story of successful client service in the Hampton Road’s alternative online magazine.
Spotlight Books was featured on both WAVY-TV and WVEC-TV as part of their stories on the National Suit Drive.
The Up Center’s Team Up program is featured nearly weekly on WAVY’s Wednesday’s Child. Click here to view some of the recent stories.
The Up Center’s inaugural Step Up stair climbing event garnered much media attention including:
- The Virginian-Pilot article on our boot camp with elite stair climbers
- Norfolk Compass article on firefighters taking the stairs in gear
- Health Journal (page 9 article) on the overall event
- The Flagship article on military members trying a 100 story climb
- Chesapeake Clipper article on a mentoring pair who are stepping up
-Numerous mentions on radio thanks to Eric Worden at BOB FM
-Stair climbing stories on at least 17 newscasts or television shows, including all four major local news channels, particularly WAVY TV.
-The Up Center’s Vice President of Housing & Financial Counseling is frequently quoted in articles. In May 2010, he was quoted in an article in The Virginian-Pilot about foreclosures.
-A story on the role of military mentors in our Team Up program was included in all the regional military newspapers. Click here to read the article.
-The merging of Virginia Social Ventures into The Up Center was covered in Inside Business and also in The Virginian Pilot’s Business section.
-The Up Center was listed as one of the region’s Best Places to Work in Inside Business in 2009.
-The Up Center’s role in Norfolk’s Foreclosure Prevention Network was highlighted in an article in Hampton Roads section of The Virginian-Pilot in 2009.
-Agency volunteer Bill Howell was honored in a Thumbs Up article that appeared in the Chesapeake Clipper for his work in the agency’s food pantry.
-Foster care and adoption success stories were featured in Mix Magazine and Tidewater Family magazine.
-WAVY TV helped The Up Center celebrate its 125th anniversary in October, 2008. Click the link below to see the story:
WAVY News Story (WMV format)
-The Up Center’s Team Up Mentoring program was featured in a story on the front page of The Virginian-Pilot’s Daily Break section. Click here to read the story.