Grafton Receives United Way NSV in Support of Early Intervention Services

May 17, 2018 –  Front Royal, Virginia – Grafton Integrated Health Network is pleased to announce it has received a $3,100 grant from the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley. These funds will support the Infant and Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley (ITC).

Grafton supports Virginia families with early intervention services provided through the ITC. The organization teaches, coaches and mentors families of children who exhibit a developmental delay or mental and/or physical condition getting in the way of their development. This funding will be used to provide specialized training related to:

  • Identify early childhood trauma in infants; and
  • Promote greater social and emotional development through a comprehensive system of care.

“Often, the infants and toddlers in early intervention have experienced, or continue to experience trauma. These children can’t speak for themselves to tell us what they have experienced,” said Sharlene Stowers, Local System Manager for the ITC. “As providers, we can’t be naive and think that this trauma hasn’t and won’t affect them. That is why we are so grateful to the United Way fior supporting our efforts to continue to build our expertise in this area.”

United Way NSV awards annual grants through a competitive application and Fund Distribution review process that is entirely completely by community volunteers. This year volunteers reviewed funding applications, undertook site visits and recommended grant funding to focus on priority human care needs as defined by United Way’s Community Needs Assessment. (Ask United Way NSV to supply a quote and specific language regarding your grant type by emailing the

About United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley: Since 1946 the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has worked to impact the community human care needs that matter most to the people of Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah Counties and the City of Winchester. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley convenes the people and organizations necessary to create solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges and collaborates with effective partners. United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley seeks to serve as the catalyst for community change by supporting over 42 partner agencies in the areas of Financial Stability, Health and Education. For more information visit our website Follow us on Twitter @UWNSV.

 About Grafton Integrated Health Network: Grafton Integrated Health Network (Grafton) is a behavioral health care organization that, for over 60 years, has partnered with children, adolescents, and adults with complex challenges. The organization provides an integrated continuum of care — including educational, early intervention, outpatient, residential and short-term stabilization services as well as career and technical training — helping clients thrive in a variety of settings. For more information, visit