Blakey Weaver Counseling Center, Inc. was founded in 2014 by Dr. Kawanna Ward to address the mental health and substance abuse needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals in Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton County, and other areas of Western Tidewater, Virginia.
Since 2014, Blakey Weaver Counseling Center, Inc. has donated mental health and substance abuse services to more than 2000 individuals in the Western Tidewater area. In November 2018, Blakey Weaver Counseling Center, Inc. became a 501c3 nonprofit.
HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME
Born and raised in Madison, Virginia, Dr. Ward grew up in an underserved, rural community. While raised by her parents, Vernon and Virginia Ward, Dr. Ward's character was heavily influenced by her maternal grandmother, Arlene Beauty Blakey Frye and her paternal grandmother, Alice Virginia Weaver Ward. Whether serving the community by providing food, housing, childcare services, or hosting the neighborhood food pantry, Arlene and Alice were known as servant leaders in Madison, Virginia.
Dr. Ward founded Blakey Weaver Counseling Center, Inc. to provide mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and supportive services to underserved individuals and communities in honor and legacy of her beautiful grandmothers Arlene Beauty Blakey Frye and Alice Virginia Weaver Ward.