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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 […]

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 […]

December 16, 2016

Charlottesville Day Support stars show off their talents

Elvis, poetry, Phantom of the Opera, and more! On Dec. 14 the talented individuals at our Charlottesville Day Support Program showed off their skills in the annual talent show. The event was open to the public and included a reception following the performances. Enjoy more pictures below!

November 30, 2016

Smile! Our favorite photos from 2016

Seeing is believing! The look of joy and delight on a child’s face, the break-through smile from a young man, a 1000-watt smile from an individual with disabilities, a shy expression of pride – these are the things that are hard to describe in words. So we won’t try! Here are just a few pictures […]

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