Monthly Meetings


WHEN:                   October 12, 2017

WHERE:                 Billy’s Restaurant, 102 Market Street, SE

TIME:                     Noon

SPEAKER:           Christine Poarch, Esq.
                             Poarch Law Firm

TOPIC:                Current Issues in Lawful Immigration

Christine will cover issues in lawful immigration, including why some people can’t “get in line,” issues with procuring work visas, and other topics. Poarch law firm devotes 100% of their practice to immigration law, and 100% of their time and energy to doing it well.

They help businesses legally petition for foreign workers, preparing successful applications for permanent residency and citizenship, and represent underserved populations like immigrant women and unaccompanied children. They passionately represent their clients’ interests.

In addition to affirmative petitions for immigration benefits, they also represent immigrants in removal proceedings and complex immigration appeals.




WHEN:         November 9, 2017

WHERE:      Billy’s Restaurant, 102 Market Street, SE

TIME:           Noon

SPEAKER:  Travis Akins with Growth Through Opportunity Program

TOPIC:        GTO Program and Cadets

Founded in November 2014, the Growth Through Opportunity program is designed to provide adults of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other unique challenges an opportunity to gain valuable job skills and social experience.  GTO founder and Executive Director Travis Akins, a 21 year law enforcement veteran, works with each cadet and their families to cater the volunteer experience specifically for their interest and goals.  GTO has been endorsed by the National Down Syndrome Society, and featured by Autism Speaks, the ARC of the United States, Special Olympics of Virginia, and Project Lifesaver, International.  GTO is also a licensed vendor for the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services.

Our goal is to partner with numerous corporate enterprises that will promote the productive employment of individuals with varying neurodevelopmental disabilities. Allowing our GTO CADETS to simply volunteer adds tremendous value to their lives. When you partner with the GTO CADETS you will get the satisfaction knowing you have enhanced the quality of life in a fellow human being. Together, we will enhance an individual’s self worth, pride, and confidence!

GTO is currently partnered with Roanoke Police Department, Roanoke Sheriff’s Department, Roanoke Fire/EMS Department, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department, and Montgomery Count Sheriff’s Department.



WHEN:            December 14, 2017

WHERE:         Hotel Roanoke

TIME:             Noon

     We hope you will be able to join us for RVPA’s Annual Holiday Social.  It’s a time to get to know people you haven’t spoken to in a long time or not talked to before, and to have a lot of fun.  The new board for 2018 will also be sworn in.

Look for more information to come!