Westhaven CARES Center

The Westhaven CARES Center (formerly Westhaven Nursing Clinic) was established in 1994 and continues to serve residents of the Westhaven community and residents of public housing.  This is a partnership between the University of Virginia School of Nursing, University of Virginia Health, Sentara Martha Jefferson, the City of Charlottesville Department of Human Services, Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), Legal Aid Justice Center, and City of Promise.

Staff includes a Program Coordinator, Shelly Bryant, and a Registered Nurse, Christina Feggans-Langston, clinical faculty with the UVA School of Nursing.  The Westhaven CARES Center stands for:

Consultation: A nurse is available to assist individuals with the necessary educational tools and knowledge to manage health conditions.  If additional medical care is needed, the nurse helps determine the best fit for services.

Advocacy: The primary focus of the center is residents and therefore delivers services that are respectful, sensitive to culture and the impact of trauma.  Staff will support residents to advocate for themselves in social and medical issues such as housing, food, employment, and medical care.

Referrals and Resource Connections:  Staff serves as connectors to resources needed to overcome barriers to accessing healthcare, employment, self-sufficiency, financial needs, housing, social services, and stress reduction.

Education: Staff facilitates education around issues that impact health.  They are also committed to educating the community and partners about the history and resiliency of the Westhaven community.

Support: Staff at the CARES Center are available to listen without judgement and provide support in a variety of ways to help individuals meet their goals.

803 Hardy Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903