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July 8, 2020

What does your personality say about you?

by Kim Rawlings, Director of Training Even though many of us are still working from home, it may not be long before you find yourself back in the office with coworkers  — and LOTS of different personalities! A personality test is a tool that can provide a better understanding of ourselves. This understanding leads to […]

June 18, 2020

Resources to observe Juneteenth

by Margaret Nimmo Holland As an organization, we have compiled a list of opportunities to learn more about why we commemorate Juneteenth, what it means, and how we can all get involved. Our staff has been given the day off to reflect as they see fit. We hope these resources might be useful to you […]

June 16, 2020

LFSVA to Observe Juneteenth

By Ray Ratke During the last few weeks, all of us at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia have grappled with the horror of continued police murders of Black Americans and have witnessed demonstrations against racism around the world, including many places in Virginia. We are committed to being an anti-racist organization. As part of that […]

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June 3, 2020

Minnick Innovations: Learning from Home

Our teachers, staff, and students joined others across the state in lamenting the end of a regular school year, cut short in March. But our educators and administrators rose to the challenge by formulating a substantive plan to continue learning and behavioral support … remotely. After coordinating with over 30 school districts, updating individualized educational […]

We condemn racism and recommit ourselves to our work of making the world a more just and loving place.

June 2, 2020

Statement of LFSVA CEO Ray Ratke June 2, 2020

At Lutheran Family Services of Virginia (LFSVA), our shared mission is to make the world a more loving place by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families, and individuals in their journey to well-being. The scourge of killings of African Americans in our country, most recently George Floyd, is in direct opposition to our […]

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May 22, 2020

Foster Care: During the Pandemic and Beyond

By Evan Ratke Foster care has not escaped the unpredictable turn the world has taken in the last few months. In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth in foster care, and the adults who dedicate their lives to those youth, face more complications than ever. But many of these challenges aren’t […]

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May 11, 2020

Meet a Board Member: Chauncey Strong

By Evan Ratke There is no hiding the fact that the work taken on at Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is difficult. Despite the challenges, however, LFSVA can find reassurance in the unwavering dedication displayed by its employees, both new and long-term. And in the case of Chauncey Strong, a former employee of LFSVA who […]

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April 21, 2020

Take this time for YOU!

By Kim Rawlings Many of us have a love/hate relationship with training. We know it’s beneficial, and often necessary to maintain regulatory compliance. There is no doubt, most of us are imagining the pile of work growing larger while we focus our time on training. But it’s not all bad — in fact, when it’s […]

March 17, 2020

Therapist Tips for Managing Mental Health During the COVID-19 Outbreak

By Emily Webb Olsen Practice breathing techniques: This can be as simple as focusing on slow, rhythmic breaths that feel comfortable. Set a timer for 2-5 minutes, repeat as needed. Focus on what you CAN control: It can be scary when one feels out of control. Try and focus on all the items you can […]

March 6, 2020

Jumping for Joy: J.D.’s Adoption Celebration

by Christina Feerick After months in the making, Lutheran Family Services of Virginia staff joined 11-year-old J.D., his parents Timothy and Sheryl Moore, and their family and friends, to jump for joy and celebrate his adoption at Rebounderz Trampoline Park in Newport News. J.D. has transitioned through 10 foster homes over the past seven years, […]

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