Adult & Alternative Educational Services

Provides adult basic education, adult GED program, high school credit classes, special interest classes, computer classes, and culinary arts training programs.

Stephen H. Clarke
2801 Turnpike Road
Portsmouth, VA 23707

(757) 393-8822 phone
(757) 393-5246 fax

Center for Community Development, Inc.
Provides assistance to low- and moderate-income persons and their families to rehabilitate existing older homes and build newly constructed homes in targeted neighborhoods. Also provides entrepreneurial training and start-up loans for individuals to become business owners.

Suite 204
440 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 399-0925 phone
(757) 399-2642 fax

Virginia Employment Commission
Provides employment services and referral for ages 14 and above. Assists employers in the area it serves by recruiting workers for them, classifies job applicants according to their skills and abilities for future employment, and provides technical assistance in solving personnel problems. This service provider also offers labor market information, unemployment insurance, and special programs that include veterans, persons with disabilities, older workers, and youth.

2011 Queen Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707

(757) 314-1526 phone
(757) 396-6939 fax

Empowerment 2010
Provides job skills training, job placement, and job readiness for individuals residing in the Portsmouth Enterprise Zone.

2011 Queen Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 314-4262 phone
(757) 314-1690 fax

Hope House Foundation

Provides supported living assistance to those who have developmental disabilities. Serves individuals age 16 and over whose primary disability is mental retardation.

Suite 302
801 Boush Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

(757) 625-6161 phone
(757) 625-7775 fax

Norfolk Skills Center

Offers courses in bricklaying, welding, auto body work, auto technician skills, office technology/word processing, and building maintenance.

922 W. 21st Street
Norfolk, VA 23517

(757) 441-2665 phone
(757) 441-5258 fax

A charitable, non-profit organization that sponsors a thrift shop and offers food, clothing, and household and financial assistance to the needy. Also operates a soup kitchen Monday through Thursday. On weekends, it provides the facilities for PARC coordinated feeding.

1020 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 397-6060 phone
(757) 397-9377 fax

Opportunity, Inc.
Administers federally funded workforce development programs for low-income youth and adults, dislocated workers, and core employment services to the job-seeking public over 18. Also administers the local Welfare-to-Work (WtW) formula grant program.

Circle East Office Bldg.,
Suite 223
861 Glenrock Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 461-3945 phone
(757) 461-6117 fax

Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition, Inc.
Acts as the administrative office of the Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition which serves the community by helping people meet basic human needs and providing the opportunity for self-sufficiency. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The services of this organization include: (1) PARC Place Shelter for Homeless Families. See above. (2) Emergency Assistance Office provides rent and utility assistance for those facing eviction or utility cut-off. Weekend Feeding Program served by PARC member organizations. Food referral system and vouchers. Clearinghouse for local agencies' records. (3) Supportive Family Living Program/Transitional Housing.

P.O. Box 1183
Portsmouth, VA 23705

(757) 393-7848 phone
(757) 397-2975 fax

Southeastern Tidewater Opportunities Project

Providing job skill training, fuel assistance, childcare services and year round youth programs for the southeastern region.

2551 Alameda Ave.
Norfolk, VA  23513

(757) 858-1365

Small Business Incubator and Resource Center
Provides technical assistance, training, and support services to start-up businesses and to aid in business expansion.

1130 Tabb Street
Norfolk, VA 23504

(757) 314-4222 phone

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Portsmouth
Provides a variety of programs to help people improve their lives. Programs include gardening, meal planning, budgeting, strengthening families, and 4-H youth development.

105 Utah Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701

(757) 393-5197 phone
(757) 393-8009 fax

Portsmouth Christian Outreach Ministries
Provides temporary housing and meals for the homeless and tragedy victims. Helps individuals to become self-sufficient through education. Also has support group on Tuesday nights for women and on Thursday nights for men.

910 7th Street
P.O. Box 8003
Portsmouth, VA 23707

(757) 397-4570 phone

Portsmouth Department of Social Services
Provides services to meet the needs of Portsmouth citizens and promote awareness of available programs and resources, to build strengths and encourage self-sufficiency.

1701 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 405-1800 phone
(757) 405-1875 fax

Portsmouth Dept. of Behavioral Healthcare Services
Provides comprehensive employment services and residential support to individuals with long-term mental disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

600 Dinwiddie Street
Suite 200
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-5357 phone
(757) 393-5226 fax

Portsmouth Neighborhood Academy
Provides an eight week course designed for citizens to learn how to access city services and partner with local government to improve neighborhood quality. Session topics include public safety, planning and inspections, public services, human services, economic development, and leisure and culture.

Portsmouth City Hall
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-8641 phone
(757) 393-5241 fax

STOP-Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project
Provides literacy plus adult education, job finding, pre-job guidance, job training, job placement and referral, day care services, Head Start programs, employment assistance, housing assistance and counseling, youth services, elderly services, ex-offenders program, and weatherization of homes for the socially/economically disadvantaged.

2551 Almeda Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23513

(757) 858-1360 phone
(757) 858-1389 fax

Step-Up, Inc.
A skill training employment placement program that assists ex-offenders reside in south Hampton Roads to gain employment.  The organization provides training, employment, and follow up, as well as pre and post release services.

7510 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505

(757) 588-3151 phone
(757) 587-4507 fax

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, Norfolk
Provides comprehensive services to the elderly and their families. Programs include information, referral, nutrition, congregate meals, home health, friendly visiting, respite care, and companion services.

Interstate Corporate Center
Bldg. 7, Suite 100
6340 Center Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 461-9481 phone
(757) 461-1068 fax

Tidewater Community College
Portsmouth Campus

Provides a non-residential educational institution offering associate degree, diploma, and certified programs. Programs include the first two years of university parallel, college transfer, and occupational education to the citizens of Hampton Roads.

7000 College Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23703

Visual Arts Center
340 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 822-2124 phone
(757) 483-5153 fax

Tidewater Literacy Council, Inc.
Provides volunteer tutors to teach reading, writing, and communication skills to adult non-readers or those who wish to improve their reading skills.

Suite 708 A
700 London Boulevard,
Portsmouth, VA 23704

(757) 393-6459 phone
(757) 393-6589 fax

Tidewater Tutoring Service
Provides individualized tutorial assistance in most subject areas for children and adults who need remedial help, preparation for tests, re-entry to school, home schooling, and grade improvement. Tutors travel to the student's home for a slight additional fee. Many tutors work from their homes, which are located throughout Tidewater.

5530 Elizabeth Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 855-8952 phone

Union Mission Ministries, Inc.
Provides refuge, clothing, food, and spiritual uplifting for men, women, and children.

130 Brooke Avenue
P. O. Box 3203
Norfolk, VA 23514

(757) 627-8686 phone
57) 430-3968 fax

Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., Portsmouth
Provides a non-profit, non-partisan organization striving to promote equality of opportunity for African Americans and other minorities through employment, housing, education, health, etc., and actively advocating issues of public policy that will promote positive change.

3525 High Street
Portsmouth, VA 23707

(757) 627-0864 phone

VA. Dept. of Rehabilitative Services, Portsmouth
Serves as the local field office which provides rehabilitative services and programs for eligible handicapped in Portsmouth, enabling the client to enter gainful employment and/or become independent.

Suite 22-26
3248 Academy Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23703

(757) 686-5004 phone
(757) 686-4999 fax


This site does not include all human service programs serving Portsmouth residents.
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