2016 was a great year for us at LFSVA, but the support of our donors and volunteers helped make it even better. Your contributions made an impact across all of our services. Here are some highlights of what you helped us achieve.
- Donors jump-started our Supported Employment Services program. Thanks to you, we were able to get our first client a job!
- Our LFSVA community stepped up to the plate to wish our students and individuals receiving services well wishes. Whether it was for Valentine’s Day or back-to-school wishes, the people we serve felt loved from our generous donors.
- One of the program counselors alerted June Nabers, development coordinator, in the late winter that the family of one of our Therapeutic Day Treatment students experienced a house fire and lost almost everything. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Winchester “adopted” the student by providing a new mattress and box spring and all of the bed linens to replace what was lost. The quilting group at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Strasburg, provided a special quilt with his name machine monogrammed on the lining. A very special volunteer donated time and the use of his pick-up truck to help gather and then deliver all of the donations to the family.
- There was a tremendous amount of regional support for our Therapeutic Day Treatment summer session in 2016. There is a story of generosity and commitment behind every donation made for this program. Each donor made a unique contribution that fit their area of mission and, together, created a memorable session for the students and staff. Kim Harrison said it best in her feedback report, “…it was more than we ever expected.” Thank you to all of our donors that made this year’s summer session so successful.
- After several members of the church council for St. Mark Lutheran Church attended a Lunch and Learn event at the Charlottesville Day Support center, the church began making regular offerings to the center for special needs – including its activities fund. Some individuals who attend the center enjoyed community outings, especially enjoyed bowling at a local alley. St. Mark also performed a Day of Service project in September that provided birthday baking kits for the center’s pantry. They also provided an offering of grocery gift cards that allowed the center to host the Thanksgiving Luncheon for individuals, family and staff at the center.
- It was a year of big transitions for the Minnick School-Harrisonburg and the support of the community helped make it possible. In mid-August, more than 100 well-wishers from six surrounding public school systems, congregations, and private citizens attended a day-long open house to tour the new school. Since then, the school has embarked on a vigorous “tango” to mold its education programs to the needs of its students. Some of the partners include churches that have provided food for the school’s emergency food pantry for student households and weekend backpacks. A grant from Food Lion and local food pantries have provided groceries for a hot breakfast program, school supply drives, and gift cards for emergency student needs.
For more information about how your contributions impacted our programs, view our 2016 Annual Report.