About Our Mission

Strengthening Our System, Inc. (SOS) is a private, for-profit human services agency serving the following regions of Virginia: New River Valley, Blue Ridge and Piedmont. We are also pleased to now offer services in the Richmond region to include: Henrico, Chesterfield, Hanover, Powhatan, Petersburg, Hopewell, Chester and other affiliated areas. Our mission is to promote independence, increased daily living skills, personal empowerment, and improved quality of life through the provision of home and community based services and supports to children and adults with Developmental Disabilities (DD) and/or Mental Health (MH) issues.


Strengthening Our System, Inc. is a licensed provider with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). This company is owned and operated by Parris Stafford who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 17 years experience in serving at-risk and special needs children, families, and adults.


This company does not maintain a waiting list for services. All inquiries will be served promptly. If this company is unable to respond within a reasonable time frame (two weeks) contacts will be notified immediately and offered referral options to similar professional organizations for services. Individuals, families, and organizations are encouraged to express their preferences for staff. Every effort will be made to accommodate these preferences through available staff or special recruitment.

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Parris Stafford, LCSW
Founder, CEO

Stephanie Bakely
Waiver Services
Regional Director, Floyd

Alane Jackson
Human Resources Director

Gina Koke
Regional Director, Richmond

James Armentrout MS, LCP
Mental Health Director, Floyd

David Sower
Operations Director

More About Strengthening Our System

Please enjoy browsing our site to learn more or call us at 540-585-4078.

How to Access Services

To make a referral contact the local Director.

P: 540.585.4078
F: 540.745.6710
P: 804.823.3940
F: 804.823.8047

You may also email info@sosforlife.com, to request information and to discuss your needs. A referral form will be provided by the Director to any interested party or you can download one here. Once the referral form has been completed and returned, the Director will contact you to determine availability of funding, and to arrange a meeting with the individual, family or group.


For billing information please contact our accounting department at 540-585-4078.