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  • An apartment of his own

    By Dan Montgomery Nathaniel Freeman-Gayle’s Danville apartment is not fancy. It does not have a spectacular view out its windows, and, being a basement unit, there aren’t many windows anyway. But it is clean and tidy, and it’s the place where Nathaniel is proud to live — by himself.  Showing a guest around his place, Nathaniel demonstrated how he makes his bed, […]

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  • LFSVA honors 2018 Hearts & Hands Award Winners

    Hearts & Hands Diamond Service Award A leader putting in the hours and relishing the relationships  It should be no surprise that the Helping Hands Clothes Closet is full of clothes. But this two-story former parish house next to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lynchburg is full of clothes; racks and racks and bins and bins and shelves and […]

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  • Getting students work-ready with Job Club

    By Ariana Estes   Preparing for a first job can be stressful and overwhelming. There are job applications to fill out and tough questions to answer during interviews. Once the job is landed, the new employee still needs to get through job training and learn to work with his new coworkers. While most young professionals […]

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  • Helping foster youth navigate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

    By Mandy Tennity Do you remember the smell of paste, crayons and construction paper — maybe using a paper doily to make a Mother’s Day card? Who did you give your masterpiece to? For foster youth, this can be a daunting situation. The child loves her birth mom and wants to give her card to […]

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