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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 […]

November 22, 2016

Help your children grow in gratitude this holiday season

By Lori Long, Coordinator of southwest Virginia schools “Tis the season to get a lot of stuff” …This is not exactly the message we want to send to our children this holiday season. It is easy to get caught up in all the hubbub of the latest and greatest hot ticket items. But what message […]

November 3, 2016

Hungry for knowledge, but also just hungry

By Carole Todd We know that when kids are hungry, they struggle to learn. And when kids don’t learn, they can struggle in life. In Virginia, 1 out of 8 children are hungry. That means that 1 out of 8 children may not have the opportunity to live the best, most productive life possible. Thanks […]

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 […]

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 14, 2016

2016 Week of Service: Our Volunteers Rock Inside and Out

Civic and church volunteers have been busy inside and out at the LFSVA Minnick School and Day Support program in Roanoke and creating art for our Minnick School in Harrisonburg. Last week Karen Bolton from Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke helped individuals in the Day Support program create kindness gardens with decorated rocks. The project […]

May 27, 2016

Now seeking: your employment, their empowerment

By Ashley Thompson Do you remember your first job? You earned your first paycheck and you were able to spend YOUR money for the first time. How did that make you feel? Fast-forward to today. When we meet people for the first time, they often ask “What do you do?” In other words: “What is […]

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