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September 12, 2017

A Note from Ray Ratke on Direct Service Professionals Week

LFSVA COO, Ray Ratke, shares his thoughts on Direct Service Professionals Week This is national Direct Service Professionals week, and whenever I think about our dedicated, fantastic DSPs, I think of my mom. My mother was one of the warmest, most caring individuals I have ever known. She would go to any length to make […]

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September 8, 2017

CEO Julie Swanson to retire in spring, 2018

Julie Swanson, LFSVA’s CEO since 2005, will retire next spring, she announced in meetings and conference calls with agency managers and supervisors this week. “This was a big decision — one my husband and I have mulled over for several years,” Swanson said. “It was incredibly hard for me to decide to retire. I made the decision on […]

September 7, 2017

Roanoke Day Support Hits the Road!

The dazzling sights of Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras, wrestling crocodiles in Florida, and dipping toes in the water on the beaches of Mexico – these are just a few of the things Roanoke Day Support participants experienced without leaving the comfort of the day support center. Roanoke Day Support hit the road for a […]

September 5, 2017

Creating Understanding through Disabilities Awareness Training

By Ariana Estes   When did you first learn about disabilities? Was it a positive experience? These questions may be something you have never taken a moment to think about, but during Lutheran Family Service’s Disabilities Awareness Training, participants are asked to share their earliest experience. The training was developed by LFSVA Vice President of […]

August 10, 2017

Roanoke Minnick Vocational Campus Names New Principal

Walter Raines, Roanoke Minnick Vocational Campus’ new principal, is thrilled to be an educator again. Raines worked in education for 26 years, serving as a teacher, basketball coach, athletic director and assistant principal before going to work for the Social Security Administration. “My life-long passion has always been to teach and to serve students,” says […]

August 1, 2017

Lynchburg Day Support Has Some New Wheels

By Mary Wilson In April, a new ADA Van was purchased for the Lynchburg Day Support Program. Community outings have always been difficult for the program because the existing vans could not accommodate the needs of some of the individuals. They are now able to go on outings with a group of three to four individuals and better accommodate […]

Minnick Schools Get a Makeover

Hammers swinging, power tools buzzing, new lights, flooring and tile. These were the sights and sounds at a few of our Minnick Schools as crews worked hard on exciting new updates. Several projects have been underway to get the schools ready for the 2017-2018 school year. “Our students, staff and parents are very excited about […]

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is now CARF Accredited

By Dan Montgomery Lutheran Family Services of Virginia just received a big, internationally recognized stamp of approval. After a months-long preparation process, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) granted LFSVA a three-year accreditation for its foster care and supported employment programs. “This tells the people and agencies we work with — or may […]

July 31, 2017

Harrisonburg Minnick Welcomes New Principal

By Ariana Estes Harrisonburg Minnick recently welcomed Diane McLean to its staff as new head principal. McLean comes to Harrisonburg Minnick with 13 years of special education classroom experience and 11 years in special education leadership roles. A Pennsylvania native, she holds a Bachelor of Education in both special education and elementary education from Kutztown […]

July 12, 2017

Disability-friendly Activities in Virginia

By Ariana Estes Accessibility and sensory situations can become barriers to a fun day out for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities. Technology has helped — developments like the upcoming Ability App and Google’s new feature to add wheelchair accessibility details offers a quick way to get information about a business. Still, these barriers can […]

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