A local nonprofit is planning to renovate an office building in Old Town into a facility dedicated to helping individuals with special needs get access to job training.
The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF), an Alexandria based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families, is planning to build a Community Integration Center — a facility aimed at providing adults with disabilities with training and resources for their personal and employment goals — at 919 Prince Street. The facility will also include two accessory dwelling units.
The JPMF was set up by Alexandria parents Robert and Paola Pizzano in 1998 after their six-year-old son Joey, a child with special needs, drowned.
“The proposed use will allow the JPMF, an Alexandria-based non-profit organization, to further advance its mission of improving the lives of the disable population in its own community,” the JPMF said. “There is an un-met and growing need in the city for day-programming and vocational skills training for individuals with disabilities and the proposed use will allow the JPMF to meet both of those needs.”
The program is planned to have 15-25 participants at any given time, who can be transported to local businesses and receive training in things like administrative tasks and supply management. Program participants would be paid for their work by the local business.
The location is also planned to include a small storefront, selling items like handmade soap, candles, greeting cards, and other items created by those in the program and from other local organizations specializing in help for people with disabilities.
“In addition to developing vocational skills, the proposed facility will offer its participants education in areas such as nutrition, computer skills and other life skills,” the applicant said. “The facility will take advantage of the property’s location in the heart of the city by providing trips to local shops, museums, parks and restaurants throughout Old Town.”
Regular programming is scheduled for 8 a.m.- 6 p.m., but the space could also be used on evenings or weekends for special gatherings.
The application is planned to be reviewed by the Planning Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, June 2.
Photo via Google Maps
A 27-year-old Maryland man has been charged with robbing two separate Alexandria banks in March and April. Jaquan Royal, of Prince George’s County, was arrested on May 24 in connection…
It’s been another busy week in Alexandria as the city heads into Memorial Day weekend. For those driving this weekend, be aware that some of the major roads are likely…
Virginia’s junior U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was in Alexandria today to discuss early childhood education and said that the current debt ceiling fight in Washington should be wrapped up by…
It might take some time, but Alexandria City Public Schools has opened the door to collective bargaining with its employees. On Thursday, the School Board conducted its first work session…
Are you seeking a confidential space where you can explore your emotions, overcome challenges, and find inner peace? Look no further than our dedicated psychotherapy service! We understand that life can be overwhelming at times, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.
At Peaceful Mind Solutions, our passion lies in helping individuals like you navigate life’s complexities and find the strength to thrive. Our skilled and compassionate therapist is committed to creating a warm, non-judgmental environment where you can express your thoughts and feelings openly. With our personalized approach, we tailor each session to address your unique needs and empower you to overcome obstacles.
Through evidence-based techniques and a deep understanding of the human mind, our therapist will guide you on a transformative journey of self-discovery. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, we’re here to provide guidance and practical tools for lasting change.
Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on