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August 20, 2018

Lutheran Children’s Home of the South celebrates a reunion

Alumni of the Lutheran Children’s Home of the South recently gathered for a reunion at what is now student housing at Roanoke College. The group toured the old buildings, took photos and enjoyed catching up with one another. “It’s like a big homecoming and we just love each other just like we were sisters. It’s like […]

June 12, 2018

An apartment of his own

By Dan Montgomery Nathaniel Freeman-Gayle’s Danville apartment is not fancy. It does not have a spectacular view out its windows, and, being a basement unit, there aren’t many windows anyway. But it is clean and tidy, and it’s the place where Nathaniel is proud to live — by himself.  Showing a guest around his place, Nathaniel demonstrated how he makes his bed, […]

June 9, 2018

LFSVA honors 2018 Hearts & Hands Award Winners

Hearts & Hands Diamond Service Award A leader putting in the hours and relishing the relationships  It should be no surprise that the Helping Hands Clothes Closet is full of clothes. But this two-story former parish house next to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lynchburg is full of clothes; racks and racks and bins and bins and shelves and […]

June 4, 2018

Getting students work-ready with Job Club

By Ariana Estes   Preparing for a first job can be stressful and overwhelming. There are job applications to fill out and tough questions to answer during interviews. Once the job is landed, the new employee still needs to get through job training and learn to work with his new coworkers. While most young professionals […]

May 8, 2018

Helping foster youth navigate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

By Mandy Tennity Do you remember the smell of paste, crayons and construction paper — maybe using a paper doily to make a Mother’s Day card? Who did you give your masterpiece to? For foster youth, this can be a daunting situation. The child loves her birth mom and wants to give her card to […]

May 3, 2018

Harrisonburg Minnick School gets in the zone

By Ariana Estes Horns honking, brakes screeching and vehicles flying by at 45 mph — this scene is not what one would expect to see outside of a school. But outside of Harrisonburg Minnick School, there was no way for drivers to know to slow down and be on the lookout for students and school […]

March 6, 2018

A-L-E-X-A Spells Learning

By Ariana Estes When Jessica Wampler’s students at Wise Minnick School started to expand their vocabulary in her writing center activities, she saw a need for more than her classroom had to offer. “They did a great job sounding out words, using a picture dictionary and our word wall, but they were increasing in vocabulary […]

January 26, 2018

In Memoriam: Jeff Cash 1957-2018

Jeff Cash, a resident of the Bedford-area Twin Oaks group home for adults with intellectual disabilities, a friend to his housemates and the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia staff there, and a profoundly dedicated and unwavering fan of the Dallas Cowboys (and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, for that matter), died Tuesday.  He had only recently realized a […]

January 22, 2018

LFSVA statement regarding the government shutdown

As a provider of services funded through Medicaid, we understand that there may be some concern about how the shutdown might impact LFSVA. While we cannot promise that there will not be an effect on Medicaid payments, we do know that previous federal government shutdowns did not stop the state from paying for Medicaid services. […]

January 19, 2018

Lisa Morgan and Tresha Lafon take on new roles at LFSVA

By Dan Montgomery Lutheran Family Services of Virginia executives Lisa Morgan and Tresha Lafon have stepped up to new positions, Morgan as Chief Operating Officer, and Lafon as the organization’s first Chief Quality Officer. Morgan and Lafon had been LFSVA’s vice presidents of program operations for three years. “Lisa has over 25 years of experience […]

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