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A kitten encounter leads to a breakthrough

When Tre first came to our Starkey Station Minnick School, he was unable to contain his aggression, routinely disrupted class and could not go out into the community. It was tough for our staff, but they worked with Tre to help him adapt to the school schedule and settle into his weekly job at the […]

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  • Dec 29, 2015

    The Lutheran Home: A Place for Orphaned Children

    This article has been reproduced with permission from author Beverly Repass Hoch.1 Social institutions for orphaned children in southwest Virginia saw their modest beginnings in the late nineteenth century. For many years, a Lutheran pastor, Reverend William S. McClanahan, from Botetourt County, Virginia, pushed for his own residence in Salem, Virginia, to be used as an […]

  • Dec 8, 2015

    Read our annual report TODAY

    Our very first digital annual report is LIVE. Learn how we’ve helped more than 1,500 people this year, and how we’re committed to helping even more in 2016. Check it out to see what we’ve accomplished (with your help!)

  • Oct 2, 2015

    Part of the Team: The Clanahan Family

    Nick grips the bark of a backyard tree and scrambles up to a perch among its broad leaves. It’s a pretty good spot for a photo with his parents. Nick was adopted by Kelly and Mary Clanahan last month, so he is, after all, the newest branch on the family tree. The Clanahans had prior […]

  • Aug 28, 2015

    The Nico Effect: A helping hand in the home

    When Nico Peterson spends a day with Michael Trotter, there is no negotiating the priorities. “Cleaning, reading, writing, math,” says Peterson, one of two Lutheran Family Services of Virginia direct support professionals who provide in-home services for Michael. The two really connect — learn why!

  • Mar 31, 2015

    Safe and Loved: Lena’s Adoption Story

    Desiree Wolfe has fostered 20 youth, nearly all teens, since 2004. When she met Lena, there was an immediate connection. Desiree Wolfe: “I just wanted to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

  • Feb 20, 2015

    A math lesson in real life

    Wytheville Minnick School math teacher Aaron Gunter’s lesson plan went well beyond math.

  • Jan 13, 2015

    Lisa Morgan joins LFSVA

    Lisa Morgan has joined Lutheran Family Services to direct strategic program development.

  • Sep 26, 2014

    New Wythe program teaches students life skills

    The new lab is a joint effort between our Minnick Schools and Wythe County Public Schools.

  • Jul 17, 2014


    Over 25 large boxes of art supplies were donated through the service project of Power in the Spirit and more is on the way.