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November 2, 2016

Every shoe tells a story and we want yours!

Shoes, we all need them, and we all use them to walk through important parts of our lives. Baby shoes, dress shoes, soccer shoes, ballet shoes, sneakers, flip flops, sandals, hiking shoes, combat boots – all of them have a story that illustrates a part of our lives. Lori Long, coordinator of Southwest Virginia Schools, has […]

November 1, 2016

Data diva dives into the numbers

And kids and teachers benefit By Carole Todd “Without data you’re just a person with an opinion” could be Ferri Lockhart’s slogan. Lockhart is testing coordinator for all five Minnick Schools, and her data collecting fervor is making a difference in the way teachers teach and students learn. Lockhart is passionate about how data can […]

October 31, 2016

2016 Recognition of Staff Years of Service

We’re fortunate to have so many staff members committed to the LFSVA cause, year after year. Here are the staff members celebrating some big anniveraries this year. Thanks to all of them for their dedication! 20-Year Anniversary Anthony Stroman, Minnick Schools 15-Year Anniversaries Donna Metts, Developmental Services Tresha Lafon, Admin Cynthia Banks, Hampton 10-Year Anniversaries […]

October 27, 2016

11 Films that Increased Our Understanding of Disabilities

As cooler weather closes in, sometimes it’s nice to sit back, cuddle up, and enjoy a movie. Why not end the movie having learned something, too? We polled our staff for their favorite movies about disabilities – the ones that made them more compassionate, that helped them understand, and that changed their attitudes. Here’s what […]

October 24, 2016

Breaking down “job”stacles

By Ashley Thompson, Employment Specialist Every time I have a job development meeting with the young man who began participating in Supported Employment Services this month, I have a hard time understanding why he isn’t already employed. Sitting in front of me is a bright young man with determination, a strong work ethic, a desire […]

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October 17, 2016

In the Words of Elijah

By Dan Montgomery Elijah Loftin is one of those creative types. His brain is bursting with ideas, and when inspiration strikes, he puts his thoughts into words. Elijah, 25, is a writer, a writer whose creative output covers a spectrum including stories of family and friendship, to a contemporary Christian song, to some pretty corny […]

October 13, 2016

Year after year, participants fall for Pumpkinville

Essential Pieces, a Tidewater-based program that plans fun events for individuals with disabilities and their families, just made its annual field trip to Pumpkinville. There were 75 participants (including volunteers) who joined in the fun of hayrides, lawn games, face painting, pumpkin picking, the corn maze, the bounce house, and good food! Most of our kids enjoy the […]

October 10, 2016

Bigger spaces provide greater opportunity for schools to serve

For two of our schools, back-to-school time marked an especially big moment: students and staff alike started their year in new buildings! The new school in Bristol serves a whole new part of the state, while the new building in Harrisonburg offers a whole lot more space. We reached out to a staff member at […]

October 3, 2016

Lynchburg Prom feels like a day at the beach

Great music, lots of dancing and pizza and brownies…what wasn’t to like about the Beach Party held Sept. 23 at the LFSVA Lynchburg Day Support? Individuals from the Charlottesville Day Support and Bedford group homes came to enjoy the afternoon, too. A super sound track by DJ Josh Mays helped set the high-energy tone in a […]

September 27, 2016

2016 Week of Service: More Volunteers Who Rock

Lutheran Family Services continues to benefit from the caring and hard work of Lutheran congregations during the Week of Service. Members of Bedford Lutheran Church returned for a second time to hold a worship service and outdoor potluck dinner for the residents of the LFSVA Turning Point group homes in Bedford. Pastor Jon Myers brought […]

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