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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 […]

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 […]

July 5, 2019

New services promote engagement and inclusion

By Ariana Estes The crisp blue sky highlights Mill Mountain in the distance as individuals from Roanoke Day Support enjoy the view of the city from the top of Center in the Square. This popular Roanoke spot offers more than just great views — there is a living coral reef aquarium, the Roanoke Pinball Museum and many […]

October 15, 2018

Tips for supporting co-workers with disabilities

By Ashley Thompson Workplaces are becoming more inclusive and are seeing past individuals’ disabilities to tap into the best of their abilities. Even in this improving atmosphere, however, you may be unsure of how you can best support your coworker with a disability. What follows are a few general tips, however, it is important to […]

September 26, 2018

Remembering Robbie

A beloved member of the Lutheran Family Services of Virginia family passed away this week. James Robert “Robbie” Rouse, was 16. Many LFSVA employees were close to Robbie, and the entire organization is saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mikey, his great-grandmother, the rest of Robbie and Mikey’s family, and the […]

June 9, 2018

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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January 3, 2018

Charlottesville “Lunch Club” provides friendship, food and community engagement

By Ariana Estes The smell of frying burgers fills the air of the Charlottesville Day Support program. Adam, an individual at the program, is busy putting together chef hats for everyone in the room. The room is buzzing with excitement because it’s a special day for the group – it’s the bi-monthly Lunch Club meeting. […]

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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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