Next Forum focuses on benefits and assistance available to residents on Tuesday at Luray VFW

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Page One building
Page One's main thrift store sits on West Main Street in Luray, but the non-profit helps residents throughout Page County with its food bank and emergency financial aid for families.

~ PVN staff report

LURAY — The Page County Public Forum is planning its next panel discussion on the topic of benefits and assistance available to local residents for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Luray VFW, 218 Veterans Lane, just east of Luray along Route 211.

The event’s three panelists will discuss what options and programs are available, as well as how to apply for and receive help from these programs. The panel incudes:

• Lois Shaffer — Director of Page One;

• Joe Fudge — Manager of Arise;

• Linda McClain — Benefits Manager for the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Page One offers numerous services, to include family assistance of food, gasoline cards, rent and utilities; outreach for veterans and seniors; contacts for housing, medical and dental care; and guidance from a career support specialist. All of this is in addition to operating three successful thrift shops to help fund their services. 

Arise offers meals programs, housing, job placement, emergency housing for up to three days, and help with resumes. They deliver 40 meals a day, three days a week — a total of 4,000 meals last year, they expect to deliver 5,000 to 6,000 meals this year. 

The Virginia Department of Social Services has numerous services available, and Linda McClain will offer advice in completing applications and successfully obtaining those services.   

This will be the second in-person presentation that Page County Public Forum has offered since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago.  Those attending at the Luray VFW hall are encouraged to wear masks, and seating will be socially distanced.

Page County Public Forum is a grassroots effort by local residents to inform the larger community about issues and challenges facing our collective experience in the Page Valley through periodical panel discussions and public forums. For more information, contact co-chair Nancy Boyer at



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