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September 16, 2016

Thank you for your back-to-school messages!

Students at all five schools received a friendly “welcome back” from our supporters, who submitted back-to-school greetings last month. Watch our students enjoy the messages in the video above. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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July 6, 2016

Enthusiasm for science takes flight

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video is worth a bunch more. Delight? Check! Fun? Check! Learning? Check! The Tidewater Essential Pieces program took a turn toward the scientific when it was included in the Virginia Air and Space Museum grant-funded STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) program, offering summer science […]

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May 2, 2016

Hear personal stories from foster children, their caregivers, and caseworkers

What do you wish you knew about the foster care system? More than 150 children in foster care, foster parents, and foster care workers filled the “I wish my ___ knew…” in a survey sent around the state by Commonwealth Catholic Charities, HopeTree Family Services, and Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. The answers were heartfelt—and […]

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April 27, 2016

Families Come in All Shapes & Sizes

See what happens when one caring mother opens her home and her heart to an individual with disabilities Sheri, Miah and Katherine look like a happy family – and they are. But not in the way you might think. Sheri Perch moved into a brand new home outside of Louisa, a charming small town in […]

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March 3, 2016

Kayla’s Growth Through Opportunity: Part 2

If you saw Part 1 of our video series about Roanoke Minnick School student Kayla Carter, you know she has made huge progress lately, both at school and in the Roanoke County, VA Police Department’s Growth Through Opportunity program. Here is Part 2, about a day of pride and success for Kayla, and for all […]

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February 22, 2016

Kayla’s Growth Through Opportunity: Part 1

Kayla Carter is feeling confident about herself. And that’s a big deal. It was different two years ago. That’s when Kayla, now 18, came to Lutheran Family Services of Virginia’s Starkey Station Minnick School, in Roanoke. “She was an emotional wreck, extremely defiant, and, due to her lack of confidence, was bullied by her peers,” […]

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February 3, 2016

Tre finds the PURR-fect therapy

An encounter with a cute kitten transformed Tre’s behavior. Watch the video to find out how.

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January 7, 2016

A Merry Christmas show at Wise Minnick

Many of the kids at our Wise Minnick School have spent their time waiting in the wings. That’s why Christmas performances like the one they did several weeks ago are so important to their development. Bravo to our students and their many talents, and bravo to the community, partners, donors, and volunteers who help make […]

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December 23, 2015

An adoption that seemed impossible

Alex was told on many occasions that he’d never be adopted. Earlier this month, he defied the odds and was adopted by a family that already included his biological sister. You won’t leave this story with dry eyes, we can promise you that! Here’s a note from his mother: My son Alex was told he […]

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November 30, 2015

Learning to Strum at Wise Minnick School

The students at the Wise Minnick School prepared for a Christmas program with a small but mighty stringed instrument — the ukulele! Thank you to Susanna Masters for teaching our students how to play, and to Fan Guitar and Ukulele for providing us with the ukuleles at a reduced rate.

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