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VERDUN ADVENTURE BOUND AWARDED NOT FOR PROFIT OF THE YEAR! 

Helping You Stay On Course
 
Go Nats! We sat on the edge of our seats (and beds!) with the rest of the region to watch the Nationals win Game 7 and their first World Series! Over the past several weeks the unity in the region could be felt in the air. There was an energy generated by collectively cheering on our team to World Series champions. 

As Verdun closes out its fall season and moves into a slightly quieter winter months for campus maintenance, we will also be working with Come As You Are on a new program that we hope will also bring unity to the region as we develop a softball game between individuals recovering from an addiction disorder and law enforcement personnel. More information on this will be shared as it becomes available.

Part of the maintenance on campus is the installation of two parallel zip lines coming off the climbing tower. This will add two new elements to our course and enable groups to send two people careening through the Verdun trees as they race to the finish of the 630-foot line! We expect the lines to be up by the end of November and will host a grand opening for the region. 

As always, we are grateful for all the groups that continue to visit the Verdun Campus for their team building exercises. It is our pleasure to host you.

We look forward to seeing you at Verdun!
-- Honore Hastings, Executive Director
 
Zipping Along
A small third grader can climb into a Verdun Adventure Bound harness and scale the 40-foot face of the rock climbing tower. From there, she will be able to clip into one of two 630-foot long parallel zip lines, looking over she can see her classmates, clipping into the adjacent line, ready to race. Together the two can fly through the Verdun campus. 

On November 18 a crew will begin installation of the new parallel zip lines coming off the climbing tower. Installation should be completed by the end of the week. Verdun will run the zip lines year-long, along with the rest of the challenge course. Families are welcome to schedule a team-building event with friends!

Perhaps a winter zip line in a frosty forest will help build camaraderie for your group!

Remember, as long as it's not below 32 degrees, freezing rain or snow, we are enjoying team building with you!
 
Stand-Up Warrenton Annual Fundraiser for Verdun
Join your friends and neighbors for 90 minutes of laughter in Warrenton hosted by stand-up comic, Mark Mensh and local writer, Laura Lyster-Mensh. Performers include:
  • Matt Deakins
  • Tommy Taylor
  • Charlie Ross (magician)
  • Abby Mellow
  • Charity Sade
  • Greg Kadajski
  • Anna Phillips

Sponsored by Dave the Mover, LLC

Buy Tickets Now
 
Adventures in Learning
Based on the success of the Adventures in Learning program Verdun brought to 4th and 5th graders at C.M. Bradley Elementary School during the 2018/2019 school year, we are excited to announce a continuation of this program this school year. 

In addition to C.M. Bradley, Verdun trainers will be working with teachers at both Brumfield and M.M. Pierce elementary schools in Fauquier County. 

Verdun's experiential learning programming implements the Botvin LifeSkills Training, an evidence-based prevention program for schools, families and communities. Botvin LifeSkills Training have been proven to cut:
  • Drug use by up to 75%
  • Alcohol use by up to 60%
  • Verbal/physical aggression, fighting, ad delinquency by up to 50%
  • Tobacco use by up to 87%
Look for updates from the Fauquier County Schools and Verdun on the development of these programs that will run into the spring of 2020.
 
Project SOAR
Project SOAR is on track to launch in November and will offer a four-week course with a holiday break before the second four-week course.

This Project will help adults reintegrate themselves in society following substance abuse. The program name stands for Success Overcoming Adversity in Recovery. 

Verdun has partnered with the following organizations to ensure the best program:
- Come As You Are (CAYA)
- Hope Water Wellness, LLC
- Rappahannock Good Will Industries
- Willow Circle Art
- Virginia Cooperative Extension 

Verdun is proud to have received funding, support and love from the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, Come As You Are, Be Well Today for Tomorrow and Rapidan Rappahannock Community Service. 

SOAR will serve the tri-county area. Verdun is proud to help our neighbors move forward during their critical time with their lives in healthy and meaningful ways.
 
SOAR and CAYA Softball

Verdun and CAYA are excited to partner with elected officials in the Town of Warrenton and form a softball team with recovering addicts and local law enforcement.

This lighthearted event will symbolically break barriers between these two groups and demonstrate a true partnership in the fight against addictive disorders. Watch both Verdun and CAYA social media for more information in the new year.

 
Light the Night
On October 12 we were proud to be a part of the Light the Night to support those struggling with an addiction disorder and living in recovery. Dan Obarski from Sex, Drugs & God, Inc. hosted the event. 

Sex, Drugs & God, Inc. is a nonprofit organization seeking to curtail the drug crisis through peer recovery coaching in an RV that travels the five-county area.
 
Fauquier Health
Thank you to Fauquier Health who scheduled their corporate retreat at Verdun at the beginning of the month. They had a terrific lunch and afternoon team building with us! Participants engaged with each other while "playing with a purpose!"  The campus was filled with adult laughter!
 
 
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THE GROUNDWORK PROJECT

 

What is it?

The Groundwork project is a leadership development and career readiness program. The Program runs for eight weeks, taking place one day per week for six hours. Weekly session topics are Team Building; Initiative & Self Starting; Communication; Collaboration; Relationships; Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving; Resiliency; CPR,First Aid, and Personal Safety Training. The Groundwork Project is a joint venture between Verdun Adventure Bound and Rappahannock Goodwill Industries.

As The Groundwork Project, we seek to strengthen eack individual's mind and body, providing practical skill building that leads to sustainable employment; therefore,strenthening our community as a whole.

Who is Eligible?

The Groundwork Project is open to any person age 16 to 24, who has a life circumstance present making is difficult to find employment. Eack participant in The Groundwork Project will need to be able to work independently and is able to complete all activities of daily living skills. 

How do I Apply?

To apply for The Groundwork Project, you must be recommended by an adult, other than a family member.

Questions About Applying?

Contact Sara Drebes: Sara.Drebes@FredGoodwill.org

Phone: 540.604.6241