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April 28, 2017

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, […]

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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 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 […]

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 […]

July 29, 2016

Raising Awareness, Changing Attitudes

By Lisa Morgan Seventeen years ago, I was the coordinator of a residential program (Alternative Living Units) for Jewish Family Services in Baltimore, where I wrote an article for the Baltimore Jewish Times about attitude and awareness. And while it is dated, in reading through it, I don’t think there is anything I would change. […]

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 […]

May 11, 2016

Make your superpower one that helps individuals with disabilities!

Have you ever imagined what superpower you would like to have? While being able to fly or having x-ray vision might not be possible in this lifetime, there’s one simple way that people in the Roanoke area can feel like they have superpowers, anyway – by attending a night of fun and fellowship that benefits […]

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April 27, 2016

Families Come in All Shapes & Sizes

See what happens when one caring mother opens her home and her heart to an individual with disabilities Sheri, Miah and Katherine look like a happy family – and they are. But not in the way you might think. Sheri Perch moved into a brand new home outside of Louisa, a charming small town in […]

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