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October 1, 2017

Tips for Making Halloween Fun & Accessible

By Ariana Estes The autumn leaves crunch under the footsteps of witches and superheroes. Orange lights and jack o’ lanterns glow from the doorsteps of neighbor’s homes. And candy is everywhere — it’s Halloween! Trick-or-treating is a fun Halloween tradition loved by children and adults, but for some children, the holiday can be a little […]

Working Toward More Inclusive Employment Opportunities

By Lisa Morgan I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have a job. In fact, I have had the privilege of holding several different jobs since I was in my teens. Jobs help us develop in so many ways. We learn what we are good at.  We learn to become […]

September 29, 2017

Virginia Lutheran Congregations Give Back During Week of Service

By Ariana Estes This year’s annual ELCA Day of Service, “Gods Work, Our Hands,” took place on  Sunday, Sept. 10, and kicked off the annual Virginia Synod Week of Service. Congregations across the state of Virginia gave back to Lutheran Family Services of Virginia through service projects. “Churches lend their support in so many ways […]

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

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 […]

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