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June 23, 2017

Cinematherapy for Foster and Adoptive Families, and Individuals with Disabilities

By Bronwyn Robertson Why are movies, television shows, cartoons and videos so entertaining? Why do they have the power to engross viewers for hours on end, move them to both laughter and tears, and even inspire their insights and aspirations? Watching movies, television shows, cartoons and videos can be profoundly engaging and, in fact, quite […]

June 5, 2017

Disabilities, Foster Care and Adoption on Television: 7 Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

By Ariana Estes Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, but when the temperatures get a little too hot or the day is a complete wash-out, it can also be a good time to catch up on a great television series. We love seeing the people we serve reflected in fictional characters on […]

May 15, 2017

Remembering Kalena: The Lacy Family’s Foster Care Story

By Ariana Estes Kalena waited patiently to find a foster family that would be a match. She was 15 years old and had finished serving her time in juvenile detention for a non-violent crime – but with nowhere to go, she remained in the detention center waiting for a foster family. Shawnae and Michael Lacy […]

April 28, 2017

Five Ways to Help Foster Kids and Families

Lutheran Family Service of Virginia is always looking for great foster parents – but if you’re not ready to become a foster parent, there are plenty of other ways you can support foster children and their families. Here are 5 things you can do: Donate! By designating “Foster and adoptive families” on your donation, your […]

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Carol: Independent, healthy and giving back

It’s a windy, but sunny, spring day as the Meals on Wheels volunteers climb into the van to begin their route. Carol Barnes reads the first address and spells out the street name before opening her 11 a.m. snack to keep her blood sugar stable. Today her companions are Stuart and Brandon. All three are […]

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March 29, 2017

Therapy through music at the Roanoke Day Support Program

Carol McCulloch, from La La’s Piano Players, makes weekly visits to the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Roanoke Day Support Program. She brings music, energy, and Charley the horse! Carol began working with individuals with disabilities by teaching piano. “In the past, I taught one of the client’s piano lessons. That’s how it all started, […]

March 20, 2017

Help Minnick students glory in stories!

What do Alexander Bopp, Frankie Pickle and the crew of the spaceship Tunafish have in common? All are storybook characters in book series that kids simply love. And how could they not love books with titles like “Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables,” or “Space Penguins-Meteor Madness,” or “Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom”? Students […]

February 27, 2017

Bryce on the Job

When Stanley Cousins, Regional Manager at LFSVA’s Danville office, tried to think of a local business that might hire an adult with disabilities, one idea came to mind pretty quickly. Stanley’s son, James Cousins, owns the Abe Koplen Clothing store in downtown Danville. James met with Bryce Viernes, who is hearing impaired and receives in-home […]

January 25, 2017

A Determined Mother’s Move Towards Independence for Her Son

When Michael received his diploma in 2014, he wanted what any high school graduate wants – a chance to be independent. He had been a member of his Maine high school swim team, prom king, and a church volunteer. However, achieving independence after high school was a challenge. Michael has autism. He has overcome many […]

January 5, 2017

Six things you helped us do in 2016

2016 was a great year for us at LFSVA, but the support of our donors and volunteers helped make it even better. Your contributions made an impact across all of our services. Here are some highlights of what you helped us achieve. Donors jump-started our Supported Employment Services program. Thanks to you, we were able to get […]

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