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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 […]

June 12, 2018

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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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. […]

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