Mayor Sessoms of Virginia Beach Discusses Positive Impact of J-1 Cultural Exchange Visitors

Throughout Virginia Beach, there are several places where community organizations and churches offer places to meet people, have coffee, use internet free of charge, and sometimes get a free meal.  The following places this summer will offer some of these benefits to international students.  These are great opportunities to learn about the community where you are living and to meet people who may be interested in helping you with issues and/or learning about our culture.

Virginia Beach Community Chapel (VBCC) is located at 1261 Laskin Road.  Phone number is 757-428-1881.  The Chapel hosts a variety of activities for international students. Learn more at   

Additional Community Resources 

  • Star of the Sea Catholic Church Social Ministry  is located at 1314 Arctic Circle.  Phone number is 757-428-1244.  International student workers are welcome to come in for a brown bag lunch and soup (when available). Our hours are from 9:30 am to 11:30 am Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.

  • Virginia Beach United Methodist Church also offers a dinner and Christian based activities each Monday and Friday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm in the church social hall.  This event is co-sponsored by the Russian First Baptist Church of Norfolk.  Come enjoy American and Russian food!  This is a great opportunity to meet local Russian families and new American friends! Join us – May 23 and 27, and each Monday and Friday during June, July, and August. 

  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 1489 Laskin Road. Phone number is 757-428-4052. The church provides basic food assistance to whoever comes; clients can get food 1 time a month and should bring some form of ID.  Hours of operation are Mondays 10:30 a.m. until Noon and Thursdays 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

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