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February 24, 2020

How to Count People with Disabilities in the 2020 Census

Children and adults with disabilities need to be counted just like everyone else in the 2020 Census. People with disabilities or their families may have questions, so here are some key facts: There are no questions about a person’s disability on the census. There are guides to help people with disabilities fill out the census. […]

February 17, 2020

LFSVA Board Loses Member

The staff and Board of Directors of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia are deeply saddened by the death of Board member Rob Burger on February 6. Rob passed away from cancer at the age of 48, having served on the Board for six years. “He was always true to this deep faith and commitment to […]

February 10, 2020

Lynchburg bank supplies “money management” tools

By Wade Viar Lynchburg Day Support staff listened to our folks’ request and a local business stepped up to the plate! People in our disability services programs expressed the desire to boost their skills when it comes to adding, subtracting — aka money management. That request prompted meet-and-greets with the Lynchburg Business Alliance team and […]

February 6, 2020

Residents Start a New Holiday Tradition

For many of us, part of our holiday tradition involves giving back to our communities. Margaret and Carol, residents of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Bedford group homes, started a joint giving project that they hope will become a tradition. Shortly before Christmas, they decided to use their own money to purchase items needed by […]

January 21, 2020

Visit to the General Assembly Inspires

By Margaret Nimmo Holland Our LFSVA colleagues who work in foster care see first-hand the challenges faced by children and youth coming into care. Most Virginia legislators know very little about this system and what they can do to improve outcomes for these young people. Fortunately, though, that is changing! A bipartisan group of legislators […]

January 13, 2020

Meet a Board Member: Pastor Richard “Rick” J. Goeres

By Evan Ratke Three decades of experience speak for themselves. Pastor Richard “Rick” J. Goeres says his work with Lutheran Family Services of Virginia has never felt like an obligation. Instead, the chance to work with the people of these organizations has been a joy and a privilege. “I’ve been connected with Lutheran Family Services […]

January 6, 2020

LFSVA works to improve outcomes for youth in foster care

Originally published 12/31/19 in The Virginia Lutheran newsletter By Ray Ratke When it comes to helping children and adolescents in foster care, we have collectively missed the mark for many children. Too often, kids in the foster care system – who have typically experienced abuse or neglect in their families of origin – are further […]

December 12, 2019

VP of External Relations ready to share LFSVA’s mission

By Evan Ratke When you work in human services as long as Margaret Nimmo Holland has, you learn that progress doesn’t come from a single person or effort, but instead from groups of people working in cooperation and inspiring each other across multiple fields at once. Marketing and communications, advocacy and public policy: All are […]

December 10, 2019

Meet a Board Member: Fred Kraegel

By Evan Ratke To say Fred Kraegel’s life has always centered on helping people might be an understatement. From oldest child in a family of community volunteers, to board member and leader of numerous organizations over a decades-long career, to Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Family Services of Virginia; Kraegel’s catalog is […]

December 5, 2019

2020 census: We all count

Op-ed as published 12/1/19 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by CEO Ray Ratke David was kicked out of school for his aggressive behaviors related to autism. Tonya was moved from one foster home to another because many people are reluctant to adopt teens with a history of trauma. Matthew, who has developmental disabilities, was not able […]

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