ANCHOR Group Home and Shelter Care

For young men ages 12 -17 years of age and is located in Martinsville, VA.  We currently have 5 boys and can accommodate up to 10.  Overall, we serve about 25 – 30 kids each year in this program.  We teach daily living skills, interpersonal skills, individual and group counseling, they do community service, we make sure they attend school, do their homework and assist the courts in any way we can.

Currently, we are the only group home/shelter care in our region. ANCHOR currently provides this service for the 21st Judicial District Court Service Unit, which consists of Martinsville, Henry and Patrick Counties, and surrounding areas.

Outreach/Surveillance and GPS

Monitoring services provided to the court service unit for juveniles that need extra attention to keep them at home and in the community instead of in detention.  Involves ANCHOR staff checking on them in several Face-to- Face contacts each week and in many cases using GPS technology to keep track of their locations and activities.  We serve approx. 65 area kids each year with this service.

This program, and the Group Home, saves the localities of Henry County, Martinsville and Patrick County thousands of dollars each year by keeping them in the community instead of paying to house them in other localities.

Seven Challenges Program

A new substance use/abuse comprehensive counseling program started locally in January of 2017!  It is specifically designed to work with the adolescent and young adult (up to early 20’s) populations.  Seven Challenges simultaneously addresses adolescents’ drug problems as well as co-occurring mental health issues and life skill deficits.

All treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation designed to identify problems and concerns for the adolescent and family. Following the evaluation, a therapist will work with the client and family to determine the goals of treatment.

It helps young people look at themselves, understand what it takes to give up a drug abusing lifestyle—and prepare for and attain success when they commit to making changes.

This program is evidence-based and addresses adolescent substance abuse from a developmentally appropriate counseling model.  It has been widely used in many locations and settings across the U.S., but ANCHOR is the first organization in VA to utilize this innovative and effective program.

Brief Challenges

The Seven Challenges – Brief™, also known as "Brief Challenges", is the brief therapy version of The Seven Challenges®, which is listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
Brief Challenges is designed for youth who have a known or suspected drug problem, and is used in four individual sessions lasting approximately one hour each.

Brief Challenges is designed to serve three functions:

  • Assessment of drug and co-occurring problems, with feedback to youth
  • Brief treatment for drug problems
  • Support in responding to external pressures for abstinence

The assessment is both of mental health issues (including an understanding of psychological, emotional, and situational problems faced by youth) and substance abuse problems.

The consideration of external pressure to quit is built into each session, along with efforts to both bolster youth attention to this pressure and increase the likelihood of effective responses to it. Courtesy Relapse Prevention is introduced to youth who have an impulse to quit.

These sessions can stand alone or serve as an entry point to more services for youth who may want, or need, to continue with additional counseling.

Aggression Replacement Training

Aggression Replacement Training® (ART) is a research-based, proven-effective approach for working with challenging youth. It has been used for over 30 years in schools, community agencies, juvenile institutions, and other settings, including via Telehealth.  ART consists of 10 weeks of group sessions.  These groups meet three times a week for an hour each time.  Trained and Certified Group Leaders model new skills and guide group members through role-plays implementing the new skills in scenarios true to their lives.  Group members provide each other with support and constructive feedback regarding member role-plays demonstrating use of these new skills.

Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes

The Co-Parenting: Two Parents, Two Homes class curriculum was developed to help parents focus on the responsibilities of parenting from separate households and keeping children out of the middle of parental conflict. The curriculum covers different models of parenting from separate homes and common co-parenting challenges. It helps parents to be aware of the effects of separation and divorce on their children and the importance of providing for the financial needs of their children. It also provides parents with a variety of options for resolving conflicts. The curriculum was developed in 1995 and revised in 2013 to include the most current information for class participants.

Transitional Day Program (TDP)

This program is a cooperative agreement with Henry County Public Schools to educate students who have emotional and psychological disabilities and whose behavior has been identified as interfering with his/her learning that prevent them from being in a traditional classroom and they need a more restrictive classroom environment.  The aim of the program is to work with them and return them to a traditional school classroom setting.

Lee Ford Camp

It was created by a donation of the land by Heck and Mattie Ford in memory of their son, Lee Ford, who died serving his country in WW II.  Lee Ford Camp, was deeded to ANCHOR in 1999 by the Martinsville Kiwanis Club, but has been in existence since the early 1950’s, is a 17-acre camp with a 1.5 acre lake, several picnic areas with tables, a large lodge (for up to 50 people, complete with full kitchen, bathroom and screened in porch), two bunkhouses which will accommodate up to 36 people, a small cabin and a climbing/rappelling tower with a high ropes confidence course.  In addition to the bunkhouses there are at least 6 primitive camping spots on the property as well.  The climbing tower and high ropes course is one of the only, and nicest, in our region.  The pond can be used for fishing (catch and release), we have equipment for canoeing and swimming (these last two must be supervised by a lifeguard).  There is a baseball field for games and lots of area for hiking.  It is an oasis in the middle of our community! The camp provides area youth and families a recreational opportunity promoting individual and group learning within a natural environment.