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Christmas at Jackson-Feild Homes

For many of the children at Jackson-Feild Homes, the Christmas season is a very difficult and painful time of year. They don't have the happy memories of feasts, or gifts, or family gatherings. For them, the entire holiday season is little more than a 6-week period just like any other time of the year.

 

Diosova News -Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jackson-Feild's children express thanks


Every year, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services conducts a "Sponsor-a-Child for Christmas" program to raise funds for gifts, special meals, outings and activities during the Christmas holidays and throughout the year.

 

The children want to thank the churches and church groups of the Diocese of Southern Virginia for their generosity and kindness in providing gifts and opportunities during the Christmas holidays.

 

Wayne, 13, commented that last year "I received a pair of socks. It was bad because I watched everyone else open gifts and I got only socks. This year I am blessed that I spent my Christmas as Jackson-Feild. I had the best Christmas ever!"

 

The staff also thanks the churches, ECW's, youth groups and parishioners for making Christmas wishes come true for the children in their care.

 Lake Gaston Volunteers Serve as Santa’s Helpers - December 23, 2015

Members of four separate Lake Gaston  volunteer groups acted  as Santa’s elves wrapping all the Christmas presents for 42 children of Jackson-Feild Homes.   They arrived, at Walnut Grove the Home’s campus in Jarratt, Va., bright and early last Thursday and spent most  of the day hard at work helping Santa.

The ladies took a personal interest to ensure that each child had their Christmas presents beautifully wrapped for Christmas morning.  The comradery and joy among the ladies was infectious.  Their enthusiasm was infectious and brought the spirit of the Christmas season to the Home’s campus.

Volunteers included members from  PEO  Chapter C-D – Littleton, N.C., Lake Gaston Ladies Club, FAB (Flying Aqua Babes)  and the Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

These groups  have been actively involved with Jackson-Feild for many years in a variety of service capacities. Carol Weigel serves as liaison for events and service projects that benefit the children at the Home.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - Diosova News

Churches and parishioners sponsor children at Jackson-Feild Homes


The staff at Jackson-Feild Homes wishes to thank the churches, ECW's, church groups and parishioners for sponsoring the Christmas presents of their residents.  


For many of these children it is the first real Christmas that they have ever experienced. They will cherish it for a lifetime. Jackson-Feild serves boys and girls who suffer from severe emotional disorder. What should be a very joyous time is often painful because it brings back memories of a childhood that they seek to repress. They are dumbstruck that people, who they have never met or known, will open their hearts by giving them presents when the persons who should love them the most have not. It is tangible proof that they are valued and loved and that others care for them.


Every child was sponsored and there were some funds left over which will be use to purchase items for the cottages such as games, sporting equipment and recreational items.

Monday, November 24, 2014 - Diosova News

Sponsor a child for Christmas at Jackson-Feild Homes


For many of the children at Jackson-Feild Homes, the Christmas season is a very difficult and painful time of year. They don't have the happy memories of feasts, or gifts, or family gatherings. For them, the entire holiday season is little more than a 6-week period just like any other time of the year.


At Jackson-Feild, the staff is working to ensure that the boys and girls will remember this Christmas for a lifetime, and you are invited to help by participating in the Sponsor-a-Child for Christmas program. You can sponsor a child's entire Christmas list, or you can purchase only one or two items from it. You can send the funds and let the JFH staff do the shopping, you can go shopping yourself and deliver the gifts - unwrapped - no later than Monday, December 15.


The holidays are right around the corner, so please act quickly to help the folks at Jackson-Feild bring happiness to the boys and girls in their care. You would be surprised at the joy that comes in knowing you shared the true meaning and blessings of Christmas with a child you don't know... a child who, for the first time in his or her life, will finally feel the love of a very special Christmas.

The youngsters are reminded that Christmas isn't just about toys and gifts. It is a special holiday and a time to be joyful and appreciative.


If you would like to help, please contact Ann Chaffins at achaffins@jacksonfeild.org or call her at 804-354-2929.

Monday, January 14, 2013 - Diosova News

Churches step up to the plate to sponsor children at Jackson-Feild Home



Jackson-Feild Homes would like to thank those churches and Episcopalians who provided gifts or funds for the children for Christmas. Thanks to them, all the children were sponsored and there were additional funds left over to purchase recreational and activity equipment and supplies. The girls and boys were overwhelmed on Christmas morning.


A sampling of some of the children's comments:

Kiersten - "I loved it! It was the best Christmas I ever had."

C.J. - "A memorable and fun experience I will never forget."

Tiffany - "I am very grateful for my gifts because someone really cares about me."

Kejah - "I greatly appreciate the gifts I was given. It shows that people truly care about others."

Victoria - "Thankful that people went out of their way to make Christmas special and the staff also made it memorable."


Jackson-Feild is a residential treatment program that serves children who have emotional disorders. Every effort is made to make these children feel loved, appreciated and valued. Each day, we strive to give the children experiences and opportunities that all children have during their teenage years, and the Christmas sponsorship program is just one of them.

 

Diosova News - Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Help make Christmas merry at Jackson-Feild Home


Not all children have wonderful Christmas memories. What should be a joyous season is often a painful one for the children at Jackson-Feild Homes. They do not have a loving family ... and a majority of their Christmas memories are unhappy ones.

For most of us the Christmas season is filled with symbols and traditions that are happy and fun. Unfortunately for the girls and boys at Jackson-Feild Homes they have been denied these happy holiday rituals. Christmas triggers memories of past trauma which causes sadness and depression. One child's holiday memories include waking up on Christmas morning to find out her mother had sold the toys they received from a community program to buy drugs. As difficult as it is to hear true stories like this, can you image how that child felt when there wasn't a single present under the tree for her?

But you can help make this Christmas the best one the girls and boys at Jackson-Feild have ever had - one they will cherish for a lifetime. The staff at Jackson-Feild Homes goes to great lengths to make Christmas as special as possible - funds permitting.

Jackson-Feild is asking you to make a donation to help ensure that Christmas wishes come true for each and every child in their care These wishes include gifts, decorations, special holiday meals and seasonal outings and activities. To make a gift send your tax deductible contribution to Jackson-Feild Homes, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Or visit their web site,  www.jacksonfeild.org, to make an online or credit card gift. If you have any questions please call the Development Office at 804-354-6929.

Jackson-Feild Homes is a recognized leader in transformational programs for children and families. Founded in 1855, its practices and principles are supported by more than a century and a half of success in the treatment of troubled children. Its residential treatment services represent the standard of excellence in identifying, treating, and healing trauma and in building resiliency in children. It is dedicated to ensuring its children receive the best services possible to ensure they will have meaningful and productive lives. 



 You're invited

            Community Christmas "Open House"

            December 6, 2012 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

            at Jackson-Feild.


 

 

2017 NEWS

 

 

Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Three to Program Coordinators - January 2, 2017 Emporia News       

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff residential counselors to the position of Program Coordinator in which they will assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and in the supervision of the children and residential counselors.

Ebony Gaither, a graduate of Fayetteville State University, will work with the girls assigned to Gwaltney Cottage.  Michael Stokes, a graduate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas will work with the boys in Rogers Cottage. Della Green, a graduate of St. Paul’s College, will work with the girls in Marshall Cottage.

JFBHS seeks to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing cutting-edge treatment services for their emotional disorders.  At any given time, more than forty children are receiving care on campus.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these newly-promoted staff residential coordinators in their respective cottages. 

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 Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents - January 6, 2017 Emporia News

Staff members of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax Branch hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  

John Lassiter led a team of volunteers who provided pizza, Coca-Cola products and a “goody bag” for each resident.

They also made a gift that will be used to purchase special meals and provide special recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The children were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. 

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Field.

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 Jackson-Feild New Hires - January 6, 2017 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Larry Pair has joined Jackson-Feild as its Director of Plant Operations and Meredith Melo as Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement

Mr. Pair served in the armed forces twenty-one years in a variety of management positions. He has served as a building inspector and most recently worked as the Building & Grounds Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. He is looking forward to using this knowledge and experience to ensure that Jackson-Feild’s physical plant is in tip top condition to best serve its children.

Ms. Melo is a native of Yorktown. She earned her Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech and her Master’s from George Mason University.

She served as a student intern with the Office of Congressman Rob Whittman in his Washington Office.

 She also interned at the American Heart Association in Arlington helping with fund raising responsibilities producing their weekly newsletter and assisting with database operations.  She also interacted with community-based groups and assisted with volunteer coordination for special event.

She will focus on special events and digital fund raising.

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Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents - January 6, 2017 Emporia News

Staff members of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax Branch hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  

John Lassiter led a team of volunteers who provided pizza, Coca-Cola products and a “goody bag” for each resident.

They also made a gift that will be used to purchase special meals and provide special recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The children were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. 

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support of Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated- Halifax for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Field.

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 Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Receives New Cottage Furniture - February 7, 2017 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) has recently installed special behavioral health furniture in the great room of every cottage.  This furniture has replaced crate style furniture which posed as a safety hazard.

This new furniture is especially designed to serve mental health populations. It is rugged, durable and hygienic (antimicrobial). It can be easily cleaned and sanitized. It is made of vacuum formed plastic and can withstand the rigors of teenagers with mental health disorders. It also has soft rounded corners for safety.

Funding was provided from a variety of sources including grant funding. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church made a nice gift in support of this effort.

Jackson-Feild is very grateful for the help it received from various funders who provided funds for the purchase of the furniture.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild improvements


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently completed several improvements in three separate locations on the campus.

 

Built in 1825, the historic manor home called "Walnut Grove" needed a new front porch due to deterioration in the original wood. In addition, a wheel chair ramp was added to ensure that the facility is ADA-compliant.Two houses originally built as residences for staff members were given a fresh coat of paint and new back decks, and new light fixtures in preparation for an on-campus program that JFBHS will launch in April. Rogers and Marshall Cottages also saw updates with new vinyl flooring to replace the old carpeting. The bathrooms in the 1960s-built Rogers Cottage also received a facelift and remodeling.

 

This spring, JFBHS is looking fresher and brighter thanks to the work of Larry Pair and his maintenance staff.

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 Feild Family Visits Jackson-Field - March 1, 2017 Emporia News

Ninety eight years ago Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild donated their ancestral home, Walnut Grove, to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  It was the dream of Mr. & Mrs. Feild to help girls with no home. They had lost a daughter in her infancy and made the gift of their home to help orphan girls.

Their generosity is and has been an inspiration to countless others to help children who have obstacles to overcome.

Members of the Feild family recently visited the campus. Beth Feild, her parents and children traveled to the campus and Grace Church. Beth is a former board member and hopes to re-join the Board of Directors. Her parents have visited many times over the years but it was the first time her children had visited the campus.

They met with Tricia Delano, CEO, and had lunch with the children.  The staff were thrilled to have members of the Feild family on campus and shared information about how they were helping boys and girls with emotional disorders.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild residents visit Club J316


Eight residents and several staff members from Jackson-Feild recently traveled to True Word Christian Church in Franklin to visit Club J316 - a free Christian club for children in grades 5-12 that is the creation of Jackson-Feild alumna Leslie Ludwig.

 

At Club J316, high school and college students - some of whom travel as much as 100 miles to perform - give an upbeat concert of hip hop and rap music in a Christian atmosphere.

 

Ludwig started Club J316 because she felt that teens are bombarded with unhealthy and unhelpful messages. Admitting that she had a great deal of obstacles to overcome in her teen years, Ludwig says, "I always wanted to do something to help other children like me. If I can help only one child with our live Holy Hip Hop and Christian Rap, I will have accomplished my goal."

 

Ludwig hopes to bring her Club J316 to the Jackson-Feild campus and share her message of hope and grace with all the boys and girls. The residents who enjoyed the concert in Franklin danced the night away and spoke of how moving the experience was.  

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Farmville District United Methodist Women Support Jackson-Field - March 17, 2017 Emporia News

Members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women; Jackson-Feild is the FDUMW 2017 mission recipient.

Each year at the Farmville District United Methodist Women’s annual prayer breakfast, a mission recipient is selected.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was thrilled to be chosen as the 2017 recipient.

JFBHS Vice President Tod Balsbaugh spoke to the 171 women present about Jackson-Feild and its programs, services and needs. Members were asked to bring games, arts & craft supplies, knitted items, sports equipment and school supplies. One member’s husband built two corn hole boards for which she made the bean bags.  Additionally, an offering was collected with the funds going to Jackson-Feild.

After the meeting held in South Hill, a number of attendees approached Balsbaugh with offers to help in the future.

JFBHS thanks the members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women for all they’ve done to help the children.

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Monday, April 10, 2017 - Diosova News

ECW Annual Spring Meeting; updated Yearbook


Jackson-Feild Homes will host the ECW Annual Spring Meeting on Saturday, May 20. Come join us as we learn about the deep roots the ECW have with Jackson-Feild. A tour of the campus will include the Marshall Cottage which was renovated using the gift from the ECW last fall. To register for the meeting, contact Tia Morings, 757-650-8809 or morings1@gmail.com by May 10

. Registration cost is $20 per person. Please advise Tia of any dietary restrictions. Money will be collected during meeting check-in. Registration deadline is May 10, 2017.

2017 ECW Yearbook & Parish Directory now available
The ECW Yearbook and Parish Directory, updated for 2017, is now available as a PDF file. If you would like a copy, please contact Ann Turner, aturner@diosova.org or 757-213-3388.

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 Mary’s Café Serves Up Great Food and Service - April 13, 2017 Emporia News

Several times a year, staff members at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) are invited to a special lunch at Mary’s Café.

Supervised by Mary Griffith and Shemille Dennis, on April 6 the students in the food occupations class at JFBHS prepared and served a restaurant-caliber lunch of French onion soup, steak, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and strawberry-topped cheesecake.  Not only did the students plan and prepare the meal, they also performed the duties of host/hostess, and wait staff.

In the food occupations class, students learn everything about the food service business from ordering food and supplies to preparing and serving, accepting reservations by phone, fulfilling the role of wait staff, and cleaning the dining and kitchen areas. Students are also taught resume-writing skills and job-interviewing techniques.

The lessons taught by Griffith and Dennis are invaluable to the students.  While Mary’s Café is not open to the general public, the staff members who participated reported that the service was excellent and the meal was as good as any prepared in a commercial restaurant.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - Diosova News

Mary's Cafe serves up great food and service


 

Several times a year, staff members at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) are invited to a special lunch at Mary's Café.

 

Supervised by Mary Griffith and Shemille Dennis, on April 6 the students in the food occupations class at JFBHS prepared and served a restaurant-caliber lunch of French onion soup, steak, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and strawberry-topped cheesecake. Not only did the students plan and prepare the meal, they also performed the duties of host/hostess, and wait staff.

 

In the food occupations class, students learn everything about the food service business from ordering food and supplies to preparing and serving, accepting reservations by phone, fulfilling the role of wait staff, and cleaning the dining and kitchen areas. Students are also taught resume-writing skills and job-interviewing techniques.

 

The lessons taught by Griffith and Dennis are invaluable to the students. While Mary's Café is not open to the general public, the staff members who participated reported that the service was excellent and the meal was as good as any prepared in a commercial restaurant.

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 Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Trustees - April 27, 2017 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services  is pleased to announce the election two members to its Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Feild, head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild – donors of “Walnut Grove” – JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild’s heart.  Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees.  Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS.

Stuart C. Leinenbach, Vice President and U.S. Manager for Iluka Resources, served multiple human resources and organizational effectiveness roles throughout his career.  Following a seven-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, he joined Siemens AG followed by Reynolds Metals Company.  Leinenbach holds an undergraduate degree from St. Leo University, and master’s degrees from both Bethany Theological Seminary and George Washington University.  He has served on the Virginia Governor’s Council of Career and Technical Education, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Diosnova News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services elects new trustees


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce the election two members to its Board of Trustees.

 

Elizabeth Feild, head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development. She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild - donors of "Walnut Grove" - JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild's heart. Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees. Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS.

 

Stuart C. Leinenbach, Vice President and U.S. Manager for Iluka Resources, served multiple human resources and organizational effectiveness roles throughout his career. Following a seven-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, he joined Siemens AG followed by Reynolds Metals Company. Leinenbach holds an undergraduate degree from St. Leo University, and master's degrees from both Bethany Theological Seminary and George Washington University. He has served on the Virginia Governor's Council of Career and Technical Education, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

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 Jackson-Feild Announces New Assignments - May 16, 2017 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce staff moves.

Paula Easter has been serving as a case manager will add the responsibilities of admissions coordinator.

Lauren Grizzard has been hired as a therapist. She previously served as a field work student during her studies at VCU.

Tanyah Jones had been hired as the PQI (Performance Quality Indicators) specialist and will assist CEO Patricia Delano.

Della Greene, Ebony Gaither, and Michael Stokes have been named Program Coordinators to assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and supervise children and residential counselors.

Robert Lewis now serves as Purchasing Coordinator and helps the maintenance staff.

Shana Wikins has been promoted to the role of Transportation Leader. This role coordinates all daily appointments for children and the need for vehicles.

Vernita Ross and Adrienne Foster have been assigned to residential units to provide training for residential counselors to teach them how to implement Trauma-Informed interventions as recommended by the Building Bridges Initiative.

JFBHS seeks to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing cutting-edge treatment services for their emotional disorders.  At any given time, more than forty children are receiving residential treatment services.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these staff members in their assigned responsibilities.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild hosts Spring ECW meeting


By Nancy Smith, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach

The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones, celebrates eucharist in All Saints Chapel at the ECW Spring Annual Meeting hosted by Jackson-Feild May 20.

Shiny new floors, colorful furniture and freshly painted walls brighten up the Marshall Cottage at Jackson-Feild. Even the bathroom is getting a facelift thanks to the ECW's $20,000 donation earmarked for the cottage's renovation. A visit to the cottage to see the renovations was the highlight of the day for Episcopal Church Women from six convocations gathered at Jackson-Field for the ECW's Spring Annual Meeting May 20. "We were happy to see the work that had been done," said ECW Diocesan President, Helen Sharpe-Williams.

The day began with the business meeting in Jackson-Field's recreation hall. The room showed no signs of the students' prom held there the night before the meeting.   Meredith Melo, Assistant Director of Advancement, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) welcomed visitors, gave an overview of Jackson-Field programs and served as the renovation tour guide.

President Sharpe-Williams spoke about her president's project, "Love Thy Neighbor." The focus is on ending abuse. She announced Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest, who is president of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by abuse survivors is the keynote speaker for the Diocesan ECW Annual Fall Meeting at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, November 4, 2017.          

 

The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones invited the women to celebrate eucharist in the beautiful renovated All Saints Chapel. The chapel was closed in 2011, when Jackson-Field last hosted an ECW meeting. In August 2014, the chapel was rededicated after a capital campaign to make repairs and improvements. The day ended with a delicious lunch. Many thanks to Jackson-Field.

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Boyd Chevrolet Supports Jackson-Feild - June 22, 2017 Emporia News

 

Chris Butler, General Manager, presenting a check to Larry Pair, JFBHS Director of Plant Services.  Also pictured are Jeff Finch, General Sales Manager and  Maxie Moore, Sales Advisor.

Boyd Chevrolet presented a generous check to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services which was used to purchase a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan that replaces a 2004 twelve-passenger van with more than 300,000 miles on it.

Each year, Jackson-Feild provides residential treatment services to more than 100 children.  It is essential that they have safe reliable vehicles to transport children to off-campus appointments and events.

Boyd Chevrolet has been very good to JFBHS by offering gently-used vehicles to Jackson-Feild at prices that the nonprofit organization can afford. This latest acquisition has already been pressed into service to meet the daily transportation needs on campus.

Tricia Delano, JFBHS CEO expressed her thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Boyd Chevrolet for their gift to support the children and mission of Jackson-Field.

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild develops new addiction recovery service



Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has developed Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) to serve children who suffer from both mental health and substance abused disorders.

Many children are suffering from both mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. These youngsters are unable to function in the community despite receiving extensive recovery services and are in need of residential services.

Because of the significant overlap among mental health diagnoses and substance abuse disorders Jackson-Feild has developed a new program that will utilize an integrated treatment model where our therapists seek ways to understand and heal underlying causes of addiction such as trauma, low self-esteem and unresolved pain. This concurrent approach uses two treatment interventions simultaneously.

Located in two renovated former staff houses, the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Program can serve up to six children. They do not interact with the children in our mental health program. Their schooling will be provided by our Gwaltney School faculty in the houses.

The licensed and credentialed addiction professionals help facilitate their healing and recovery by providing clinically directed services designed to stabilize and manage substance abuse symptoms and to develop recovery skills.

Sadly more than 50,000 Americans die annually from drug overdoses. Jackson-Feild's ARTS program is intended to do our small part to address this nationwide epidemic.

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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Officers - July 18, 2017 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is proud to announce the election of new officers.

Anne Gordon Greever was elected Chair. Greever retired as a senior counsel from the law firm of Hunton & Williams where she specialized in labor, employment and civil rights laws and had been the chair of its investment committee for ten years. Greever received under undergraduate degree from Mary Washington University and her law degree from the College of William and Mary. In 2006, she was named to the Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. Greever has served on the board and Vice Chair of the Richmond Economic Development Authority. She is also a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Greever first joined the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes in 2002.

 

 

Elizabeth Feild was elected Vice-Chair. Head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, Feild has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American University, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild – donors of “Walnut Grove” – JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild’s heart.  Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees.  Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS..

 

T. Darnley Adamson, III was re-elected as Secretary of the Board. Adamson has many years of experience in both the insurance and real estate fields and currently owns and operates Green Solutions, LLC, with his son. Adamson attended Hampden-Sydney College, and is active in charitable and conservation causes.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig A. Tilley was re-elected as Treasurer of the Board. Tilley has had an extensive career in the finance field working for major banks and corporations in Richmond and is currently a Director of Credit at Owens & Minor. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received his degree in economics.

 

 

2016 NEWS

 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services welcomes Dr. J. Michael Griffin


Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Michael Griffin, PhD. has joined its clinical staff. Dr Griffin is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback).

Dr. Griffin has special interest in attention and memory issues of children, adolescents and adults. As a survivor of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), he is accomplished in the assessment and treatment of patients who have experienced TBI and/or attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities.

In his treatment of boys and girls who are severely emotionally impaired, Dr. Griffin utilizes biofeedback to help his patients understand the complexity of their disorders and how to function successfully while managing them.

 

Dr. Griffin received a B.S. in Biology from Guilford College, an M.A. in Biology from Western Carolina University, an M.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, a doctorate in education (Ed.D) from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Walden University.  

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Diosova News

Church Periodical Club's Miles of Pennies benefits Jackson-Feild


Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an independent organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and it relies on volunteers, clergy, and friends to promote its Ministry of the Printed Word. In 1988 - on its 100th anniversary - the CPC established the Miles of Pennies Fund focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children from kindergarten through high school.

Grants in the amount of $844.80 are awarded to provide books, magazines, audiotape, videos and CDs. Why $844.80? Because it takes 84,840 pennies laid edge-to-edge to cover the distance of one mile. Hence, the name of the fund and the amount of the grants provided.

The Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently received a full grant of $844.80 from this fund. Over the years, The Gwaltney School has received more than $7,745 from the program. This year's grant was used to purchase 69 hardcover and 77 paperback books written by a wide variety of authors.

 

Teachers and students alike are thrilled to be recipients of this grant, and the books are being checked out and read with enthusiasm.  

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - Diosova News

Home Health Care Aide training at Jackson-Feild


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is now providing home health care aide vocational training for students at its Gwaltney School. Home health care aides provide basic medical services that include administering medications, changing bandages, and checking vital signs.

 

Nationally, more than one million people are employed as home health care aides, and the profession is growing far more rapidly than other occupations.

 

Jackson-Feild's program follows a standard curriculum in which students take 60 hours of classroom instruction and participate in 10 hours of off-site training at a facility that provides medical care.

 

Abbey Webb, a community relations specialist with Southern Care Hospice Services, recently spoke to Gwaltney School students about hospice care; what it is and, how they can become a part this service.

 

In late February, four students will complete their training and a new group of ten will begin the program.

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ECW will gift Boys Home and Jackson-Feild Home grads


By Nancy Smith, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach

In June, Boys Home of Virginia and Jackson-Feild Homes graduates will be the first to receive graduation gifts from the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

"The ECW's Graduation Gift Fund, part two of our 2015-2016 outreach project, God Bless the Children, will help the graduates as they begin a new phase of their lives," said Nancy Sands, Diocesan ECW President. "Please help the ECW Graduation Gift Fund grow."

Contributions received through May 27 will be used to gift the graduates this year. The amount of each gift will be based on the funds collected and the number of graduates.   This year a total of thirteen students are expected to graduate from the Boys Home and Jackson-Field. The number of graduates varies each year.

"We've averaged about six graduates a year over the last six years," said Megan-Drew Tiller, Church Relations, Boys Home of Virginia. "This year, we're expecting nine!"

"The past five years we have had between four and twelve Gwaltney School graduates, with the average being four to seven," said Ann Chaffins, Vice President of Advancement, Jackson-Feild Homes. "This number remains fluid until we get closer to graduation day, June 10, 2016. Currently, we anticipate having four graduates who have earned their GEDs."

Like most high school graduates, Boys Home and Jackson-Feild graduates chose a variety of paths to follow from attending college to joining a military service. This year most of the graduates are planning a career in a technical field or they will enter the workforce. A new Center for Applied Trades, opened recently at the Boys Home and led by an alum and his wife, offers graduates training to be certified in trades such as welding and plumbing. At Jackson-Feild vocational programs at the Gwaltney School prepare graduates to enter the workforce with certification in fields such as home health care, food preparation and cake decorating.

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 GO (Gwaltney Online) - March 16, 2016 Emporia News

 

Gwaltney School students at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services who are discharged from Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health services prior to earning their high school diploma or GED certificate now have the opportunity to complete their education through our new GO – Gwaltney Online - program.

Students at Gwaltney School are enrolled and withdrawn according to their individual situation.  They often arrive – or leave – in the middle of a semester.  For students nearing the age at which they may no longer attend high school, such interruptions can be damaging to their ability and desire to complete their education.

Dr. Bowling, Director of Education, and Ms. Denise Moss, Individual Student Alternative Education Coordinator, developed GO.  Using the web-based curriculum called Odysseyware, students who have left Jackson-Feild may take elective subjects and GED preparation courses.  We mail textbooks and educational materials to participating students, and – through Odysseyware – follow their progress on a daily basis.  Ms. Moss is available via telephone to provide assistance as needed to help students understand and complete the course assignments.  When a student has completed the online GED prep course and is ready to take the test, Ms. Moss makes the arrangements for the student to take the test in his or her home locality.

As of press time, five students have earned their GED certificate by participating in GO.  This innovative approach is only one of our many commitments to our students.  By completing their education through GO, our students are able to go out into the world and live independent, successful lives.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - Diosova News

Lauren Grizzard interns at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services



Lauren Grizzard is a first-year graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Social Work.  Social work emphasizes the integration of theories of human behavior and practice skills, and as part of the MSW program students are immersed in an internship that allows them to put theory into practice and gain real-life experience in the field.

Grizzard received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and says that interning at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) has taught her much about Social Work and herself in a short period of time. "Three years ago," she says, "I saw myself helping others, but did not know what that looked like for me.  JFBHS ignited a passion in me for helping adolescents with histories of abuse, neglect, and trauma." 

While at JFBHS, Grizzard spent time in clinical meetings, participated in therapy sessions and observed treatment team meetings. She shadowed different therapists and witnessed their varying styles and techniques which will greatly help her own professional development.  

Grizzard calls her internship at JFBHS "a humbling, yet incredibly rewarding experience." She grew up in the Emporia/Jarratt area and was familiar with JFBHS, but she confesses that she knew little about the extraordinary work that is done there.   At JFBHS, a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, residential staff workers, and administrative personnel all join together to meet the residents' needs and build them into strong and healthy individuals.

Grizzard observed that the butterfly logo of JFBHS is a perfect representation of the lessons she learned through her internship. "The residents are the caterpillars that turn into butterflies on their own. JFBHS wraps them in a cocoon of compassion and empathy that helps foster a beautiful transformation...and that is what I will strive for in practice.

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Monday, April 25, 2016 - Diosova News

Zumba keeps the kids at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services moving


On any given Monday or Wednesday afternoon, the gym at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Systems is practically alive. The music is loud, and the beat is heavy. What is it? It's ZUMBA!

Darlene Reed, a licensed Zumba instructor and a personal fitness instructor whose studio is in South Hill, is teaching the boys and girls at JFBHS, and they are loving it! With an average class size of 20, Darlene allows the participants to choose the music and spend the first 15 minutes warming up. After that, it's all high energy, intense physical activity that builds strength, encourages motion, and improves posture all while having fun.

"I'm very impressed," Darlene says, "with all the students, especially the boys. It's not often that I have guys in my classes, and it's very gratifying to see how much they enjoy the music and dance."

She loves what she is doing in getting the kids and staff up and moving to burn 600 calories with cardio and toning. Her goal is to have them become healthy and fit.

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 Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Thanks the Greensville Co. Sheriff’s Office - May 9, 2016 Emporia News


 

In recognition of Respect for Law Week, the children and kitchen staff at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services baked cupcakes for every member of the Greensville County Sheriff’s office.

In July 1963, the Past-President of Optimist International met with then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a discussion that led to the creation of Respect for Law Week.  The week is intended to inspire respect for the law among young people and it acknowledges the outstanding contribution of those charged with law enforcement. Each year the first full week of May is designated Respect For Law Week

The residents and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services not only want to commend and recognize the Greensville County Sheriff’s office for their service, but they also want to thank them for their help and support.

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 BB&T Emporia Branch Shines Light on Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Through Its Lighthouse Project - June 10, 2016 Emporia News

Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.

 This partnership is based on BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” a company-wide community service program.  BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it’s a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.

This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people

The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS’s residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand.  They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.

Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.

JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Diosov a News

BB&T Emporia Branch shines light on Jackson-Feild through Lighthouse Project


Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.

 

This partnership is based on BB&T's "Lighthouse Project" a company-wide community service program. BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it's a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.

 

This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people

 

The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS's residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand. They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.

 

Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.

 

JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

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 Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work - June 24, 2016 Emporia News

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - Diosova News

Hyppolite recognized by VCU School of Social Work



Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University' s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

 

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work's most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.

 

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

 

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

 

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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 Delano Named Secretary of National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health  - July 15, 2016 Emporia News

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

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Monday, July 18, 2016 - Diosova News

Delano named Secretary of National Association for Children's Behavioral Health


Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children's Behavioral Health (NACBH).

 

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children. It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children's mental issues.

 

With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever. She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

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Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Katherine Turner - July 22, 2016 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services.

It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

She provides oversight of the case management services for children’s records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities.

The director works closely with Virginia’s managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children’s services and issues related to funding.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild promotes Katherine Turner



Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

           

The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services. It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

 

Turner provides oversight of the case management services for children's records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities. She works closely with Virginia's managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children's services and issues related to funding.

 

Turner received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master's Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild elects new officers and board


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is proud to announce the election of new officers and two new board members.

James M. Cox

James M. Cox, Vice President and Partner of Manry Rawls Insurance headquartered in Franklin was named board chair. Mr. Cox is a VMI graduate and received his M.B.A. from William & Mary and is a highly respected executive in the insurance field. He is active in the Franklin community.

 

M. Stuart Bolton, Jr. will serve as Vice-Chair. Mr. Bolton retired from Dominion Resources as a Senior Vice President. He has served on a number of civic and charitable organizations, and is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia where he received his accounting degree.

 

T. Darnley Adamson, III was re-elected as Secretary of the Board. Mr. Adamson has many years of experience in both the insurance and real estate fields and currently owns and operates Green Solutions, LLC, with his son. Mr. Adamson attended Hampden-Sydney College, and is active in charitable and conservation causes.

 

Craig A. Tilley was re-elected as Treasurer of the Board. Mr. Tilley has had an extensive career in the finance field working for major banks and corporations in Richmond and is currently a Director of Credit at Owens & Minor. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received his degree in economics.

 

Laura Y. Peery is a newly elected member to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Peery currently is a sales associate for Sotheby's International Realty. After a successful career in marketing and communications, she returned to school to obtain her music therapy certification. For several years, she was a music therapist working with active duty military personnel suffering from combat-related stress. She received Bachelor Degrees from the University of Virginia in psychology and Virginia Commonwealth University in music.

 

The Rev. Judy W. Davis is assistant rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond. She was a life-long Episcopalian and was called to the priesthood many years ago. She returned to Virginia Theological Seminary after raising her two children. She was ordained in 2014 and was called to All Saints shortly thereafter.  

 Jackson-Feild Promotes Gary Bryant to Residential Supervisor - August 28, 2016 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Gary Bryant has been promoted to the position of Residential Supervisor of Darden Cottage where he had been serving as a residential counselor.

In his new position, Bryant will be responsible for the daily operations of Darden Cottage and supervise the residents and staff of the cottage. He will be responsible for the implementation of curriculums and help with the development of new program initiatives.  He also will be responsible for ensuring that Darden Cottage operations comply with licensing and certification standards

He has worked in the field of children’s services and mental health since 1993. He has been on the staff at Jackson-Feild since 2010.

Mr. Bryant, a native of New Bern NC, is attending Southside Virginia Community College working toward his degree in human services.  Additionally, he is an intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Mr. Bryant is a youth pastor at First Anointed Christian Assembly in Lawrenceville VA.

He is the proud father of two grown children:  a son who works for a general contractor in Georgia, and a daughter serving in the United States Army.

Jackson-Feild congratulates Gary Bryant and thanks him for his dedication to all that he does both for JFBHS as well as for his community.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Diosova News

News from Episcopal Church Women


Fall Annual Meeting, Oct. 15 in Norfolk
All Episcopal Church Women are invited to the ECW Fall Annual Meeting Saturday, October 15, at Grace Church, Norfolk. Nancy Polick Sands, ECW diocesan president, featured speaker at the meeting, will talk about ECW current state of ECW. New board members will be elected and installed. Contact Louise Boss, corresponding secretary, to register for the meeting at 757-678-5331 or louiseboss@exede.net by October 1. The registration fee of $20 includes lunch. 

ECW 2015 Outreach Totals Over $21,000

"Many thanks to your contributions, ECW outreach totaled over $21,000 in 2015," said Nancy Sands, ECW Diocesan President. The ECW gave over $3,400 to eight organizations in the diocese, nation and the world through the Diocesan Budget funded by dues; and $9,875 in Elise Holladay Scholarships, funded by the Flora A Penick Fund, to 13 high school graduates in the diocese, $4,200 to Congo and Malawi (see thank you note in the adjacent column) scholarships from the Bishop Tucker Fund; and $2,195.02 to the Church Periodical Club funded by your voluntary contributions.

"We also gave $1,600 in graduation gifts to Jackson-Feild Homes and Boys Home of Virginia graduates through my president's 2015 outreach project "God Bless the Children," not to mention all your wonderful wish list contributions to both homes," Nancy said. "I am really thankful for you everything you are doing in your churches to help others." 

Colonial Heights Rotary Donates School Supplies to Jackson-Field - September 14, 2016 Emporia News

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club conducted a drive to collect school supplies for the students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

The Rotary Club has  been a regular supporter of the children at Jackson-Feild.  They donated 16 bicycles in 2015, provided school supplies and hosted ice cream social to name a few.

The club will be conducting a drive to collect blue blazers and sports coats for the boys. Dress clothing for girls is not a need but is desperately needed for boys.

Club president Renette Rawlins and members presents Tod Balsbaugh school supplies collected by the club at its regular club meeting.

 Jackson-Feild’s Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals - September 15, 2016 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is eligible and participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. A copy of the policy governing this program is on file at the school and may be reviewed by any interested party.

 The USDA announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create and strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service these annual, competitive grants will help further USDA’s efforts to increase locally owned foods in America’s school meals.

The program receives support from the Federal government. Although all children receive the meals at no charge, the household size and income will be used to determine the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The result of this process determines the amount of support received from the Federal government.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination  against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race ,color, national origin, age,disability,sex, gender identity,religion,reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form(PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA  through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 Grants Provide Funds for Jackson-Feild Renovation - September 15, 2016 Emporia News

Thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg  the restrooms in the Robinson/Withers at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service’s gymnasium have been renovated.

The rest rooms have needed to be renovated for some time but funds were not available  for the project. Grants from the Ridley Foundation and the Mission and Outreach Committee at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church provided the needed funding for this project and Ridley Foundation provided funding for the renovations.

Work began in late August and was completed in September.  New tile was  installed on the walls and floors. Commodes were replaced in both rest rooms and a new urinal was installed in the boy’s rest room. Existing partitions in both bathrooms were re-sanded and re-painted. New LED light fixtures replaced fluorescent fixtures in both bathrooms which will improve lighting and save operating costs.

The children and staff thank the board of the Ridley Foundation and the members of Bruton Parish Church for their wonderful support to complete these much-needed renovations.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Diosova News

Grants from Ridley Foundation and Bruton Parish provide funds for Jackson-Feild renovation


Thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Foundation and Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, the restrooms in Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service's gymnasium have been renovated.

The rest rooms have needed to be renovated for some time, but funds were not available for the project. Grants from the Ridley Foundation and the Mission and Outreach Committee at Bruton Parish have made the much needed renovations possible. Work began in late August and was completed in September. New tile was installed on the walls and floors. Commodes were replaced in both rest rooms and a new urinal was installed in the boy's rest room. Existing partitions in both bathrooms were sanded and painted. New LED light fixtures replaced fluorescent fixtures in both bathrooms which will improve lighting and save operating costs.

The children and staff thank the board of the Ridley Foundation and the members of Bruton Parish for their wonderful support to complete these much-needed renovations.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - Diosova News

An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires


After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it's virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she's been to our organization.

 

In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she - and Jackson-Feild - appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

 

Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees said, "Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She's been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I'm proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors."

 

Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she's established with donors and co-workers, she's looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren.

 An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires - October 6, 2016 Emporia News

After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it’s virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she’s been to our organization.

Ann has a special place in her heart for children. As a former administrator for mental health services in Martinsville, she saw up-close and personally the complex issues that are involved with mental health disorders and the toll it takes on children and families.

In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she – and Jackson-Feild – appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

Ann took special pride in our golf tournament – a monumental effort that she coordinated from its inception. Because she wanted every golfer to have a good time, no detail was overlooked. Ann often woke up in the middle of the night remembering a task or issue that needed attention. She kept lists and checked them twice… and often thrice. She followed up on promises of support. She personally thanked each and every player for spending their day to help raise funds for special projects the benefited our children.

Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees and long-time Co-Chair of the Golf Committee tells us, “Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She’s been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors.”

Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she’s established with donors and co-workers, she’s looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. We have it on good authority that things she will not miss include straightening up the storage room and defrosting the freezer in the Development Office!
Ann’s “can do” attitude and her devotion to Jackson-Feild will be hard to replace, but our wish for her is that every day of her retirement is filled with joy and happiness.

 

L-R: Katherine Crawford, Ann, Dave Chaffins, and Winston Chaffins help celebrate Ann’s retirement at a luncheon at Stella's in Richmond

 Thomas W. Meehan Elected to Jackson-Feild Home’s Foundation Board - October 13, 2016 Emporia News

Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - Diosova News

Thomas W. Meehan elected to Jackson-Feild Home's Foundation Board


Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

 

Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Diosova News

Help ECW fund outreach - submit dues by Nov. 1


Each fall the ECW Diocesan Board asks Episcopal Church Women diocese-wide to help fund outreach in the diocese, nation and world. Each parish is requested to contribute annual dues of $3 per person. Two of those dollars ($2) fund the ECW Diocesan Budget on page 33 in the Yearbook and Directory. At year end, recipients world-wide receive donations allotted by percentages based on the amount of money received. The remaining dollar ($1) helps fund the administrative fund.

 

The board also asks for voluntary contributions to help fund the Church Periodical Club and Miles of Pennies; the Elise Holladay Scholarships for high school graduates to further their education; the Book of Remembrance-gifts in memory of loved ones also fund the Elise Holladay Scholarships; God Bless the Children, Jackson-Feild Homes and Boys Home graduation gifts; and With These Hands, Holy Cross Anglican School, Belize Feeding Program.

 

All contributions are due November 1. Please mail one check payable to: ECW Treasurer with the Parish Annual Contribution Report to Betty Mariner, ECW Diocesan Treasurer.

 

Who's Who is ECW?

We need your help to keep contact information up-to-date in the ECW Yearbook and Directory. We also want to honor our sisters in memoriam. Please complete and mail the ECW Parish Information Report, due November 1, and the ECW Convocation Report 2016, due November 15, to Louise Boss, Second Vice President. You can find all the forms in the 2016 ECW Yearbook and Directory. For a copy, email or call Ann Turner, Diocesan Communication Officer, aturner@diosova.org, 757-213-3388.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - Diosova News

Meredith Melo joins Jackson-Feild


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Meredith Melo will be the Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement in their development office.

 

Meredith is a native Virginian from Yorktown. She earned her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech and recently earned her Master of Public Health from George Mason University.She served as a student intern with the Office of Congressman Rob Wittman in his Washington office.She also interned at the American Heart Association in Arlington helping with development responsibilities managing their weekly newsletter and assisting with database operations. She also worked with community groups and assisted with volunteer coordination.

 

Meredith replaced Ann Chaffins who retired after twenty faithful and successful years of service to Jackson-Feild and the children it services.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Diosova News

Psychologist at Jackson-Feild presents at SBCNA Conference


Dr. J. Michael Griffin, a psychologist who provides neurofeedback therapy at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) recently gave two presentations at the annual conference of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.

 

Of his two presentations, one - titled "Neurofeedback in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program" - was the result of a study conducted at JFBHS. In his presentation, Griffin noted that "adolescents in long-term residential facilities often have histories of abuse, neglect, and family histories of mental illness. Often these youths have received years of outpatient treatment, multiple in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations in acute care facilities, foster placements, and multiple behavioral health residential admissions. Multiple [types of treatment] have been used, including counseling, psychopharmacology, recreational therapy, therapeutic horticulture, equestrian therapy, and others. Despite these interventions, significant acting out behaviors may persist."

 

The study at JFBHS sought to determine whether neurofeedback is an effective treatment to reduce the severity, frequency and duration of acting-out incidents. Over the course of the study, it was found that children receiving neurofeedback had at least 50% fewer incident reports than in prior reporting periods and those who received an average of four per month had an additional 17% fewer incident reports than those receiving two per month. In addition, staff noted that children had improved self-awareness, greater impulse control and reduced hyperactivity.

 

JFBHS is constantly striving to provide better services to help children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and Griffin's work and services are much appreciated tremendously beneficial.

 Psychologist at Jackson-Feild Presents at the SBCNA Conference - December 7, 2016 Emporia News

Dr. J. Michael Griffin, a psychologist who provides neurofeedback therapy at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) recently gave two presentations at the annual conference of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.

Of his two presentations, one – titled “Neurofeedback in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program” – was the result of a study conducted at JFBHS.  In his presentation, Griffin noted that “adolescents in long-term residential facilities often have histories of abuse, neglect, and family histories of mental illness. Often these youths have received years of outpatient treatment, multiple in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations in acute care facilities, foster placements, and multiple behavioral health residential admissions. Multiple [types of treatment] have been used, including counseling, psychopharmacology, recreational therapy, therapeutic horticulture, equestrian therapy, and others. Despite these interventions, significant acting out behaviors may persist.”

The study at JFBHS sought to determine whether neurofeedback is an effective treatment to reduce the severity, frequency and duration of acting-out incidents.  Over the course of the study, it was found that children receiving neurofeedback had at least 50% fewer incident reports than in prior reporting periods and those who received an average of four per month had an additional 17% fewer incident reports than those receiving two per month. In addition, staff noted that children had improved self-awareness, greater impulse control and reduced hyperactivity.

JFBHS is constantly striving to provide better services to help children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and Griffin’s work and services are much appreciated tremendously beneficial.

 Jackson-Feild Receives a Matching Grant from The Cabell Foundation - December 21, 2016 Emporia News

In November 2015, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) received word that The Cabell Foundation was offering them a $75,000 matching grant to construct an outdoor recreation center on its campus.  Following a year-long fund raising effort, JFBHS raised the funds required, and The Cabell Foundation recently awarded the grant.

The recreation center will feature a fenced and lighted multi-sports court plus other amenities to provide residents with a variety of recreational opportunities.  Construction will begin in January, and the goal is to have it up and running by the end of April.

Established in 1957 by Robert G. Cabell, III and Mrs. Maude Morgan Cabell, The Cabell Foundation supports the needs of charitable organizations in Virginia. The Cabells wanted the foundation to be responsive to human needs in its deliberations and to take the initiative to inspire action.  More than 400 organizations have received grants totaling $85,000,000.

Jackson-Feild is most grateful to the Board of Trustees of The Cabell Foundation for their support.

 

 

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Diosova News -Monday, February 2, 2015

Venture Mattress donates to Jackson-Feild


Venture Mattress, headquartered in Franklin VA, recently donated 50 brand new mattresses to Jackson-Feild Homes to improve the bedding and sleeping conditions of its residents. Working with their manufacturer, Mattress Tech, Venture developed the new mattresses and they in turn worked with their suppliers to produce them. Everyone along the way took a personal interest in this project and wanted to ensure the comfort of the children served by Jackson-Feild.


The new mattresses are twice as thick as the old and worn ones they're replacing, and are much better built. Already, the children are reporting that they are sleeping better and waking up in the morning feeling better.


Jackson-Feild is very grateful to Venture Mattress, Mattress Tech, and their suppliers for improving the boys' and girls' quality of life.


Jackson-Feild Homes is a residential treatment program with an accredited private school. It serves adolescent children who have severe emotional disorders. Established in 1855 the Home serves over 100 children annually. They are able to achieve positive outcomes for its residents where others have not.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild receives new cottage furniture


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) has recently installed special behavioral health furniture in the great room of every cottage. This furniture has replaced crate style furniture which posed as a safety hazard. This new furniture is especially designed to serve mental health populations. It is rugged, durable and hygienic (antimicrobial). It can be easily cleaned and sanitized. It is made of vacuum formed plastic and can withstand the rigors of teenagers with mental health disorders. It also has soft rounded corners for safety.

Funding was provided from a variety of sources including grant funding. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church made a nice gift in support of this effort. Jackson-Feild is very grateful for the help from Episcopalians, ECWs and churches who helped fund this pressing need.

Jackson-Feild Promotes Two Staff Members - February 12, 2015Emporia News

Ms. Shadhri Stith has been promoted to Senior  Residential Services Supervisor.  She has 17 years of service at Jackson-Feild and has worked in a variety of capacities. In her new role she will supervise the residential program . This includes program development  and supervision of  the children and staff members.

Ms. Stith has rendered outstanding service and is well liked and respected.  She is very dedicated to the mission of Jackson-Feild and to the children it serves.  She works tirelessly to ensure that children receive the services they need to heal from severe emotional trauma.

  

Mr. Gary Bryant has been promoted to Program Coordinator for Darden Cottage. He has been a residential counselor for almost four years.  He will be responsible for the operation of this cottage which serves adolescent boys.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Diosova News

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards benefits Jackson-Feild



In a three-day session at the 4-H center in Wakefield, 120 high school students recently met for the 2015 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program held by Rotary District 7600. RYLA is a leadership development program run by Rotary International.


The students from high schools across District 7600 which runs from Fluvanna County to North Carolina east to the Eastern Shore participated in presentations, activities, and workshops covering a variety of topics, including: leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, and community and global citizenship.


An important part of the event includes the organization and planning of a community service project. Members chose Jackson-Feild Homes to be this year's beneficiary. Participants engaged their Interact Clubs and local Rotary Clubs to collect school and art supplies, clothing, personal care items and sporting equipment for the residents at Jackson-Feild.


The items were presented to Jackson-Feild during event. Ms. Shadhri Stith, Senior Residential Supervisor at JFH was thrilled to receive these items that have been put to good use.

 Hardee’s Executives Visit Jackson-Feild Homes - April 7, 2017 Emporia News

Mayo Boddie, co-founder of Hardees, his sons Bill and Mike, and his grandson, Bunn, visited Jackson-Feild Homes on March 30thBoddie-Noell Enterprises (Hardee’s) has been a very loyal and faithful supporter of Jackson-Feild for over 20 years.

Mayo’s brother, Nick, who was a co-founder of Hardee’s had a very special spot in his heart for the children served at Jackson-Feild. Nick passed away three years ago. This was the first visit for the senior management to the Home.

They met with the staff and had a tour of the campus. They asked very insightful questions concerning funding, management, programs and services.

In addition to providing cash contributions Hardee’s has donated chairs for the dining hall and an ice machine, deep fryer and meat slicer for use by our kitchen staff.

JFH residents created a paper mache’ cheeseburger and French fries as a gift to thank Hardee’s for their loyal and generous support. The artwork will be displayed at Boddie- Noell’s  corporate headquarters in Rocky Mount, NC.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild in need of folding tables


Jackson-Field Homes is in need of folding round tables. The Home hosts a number of events and outings in its gym which serves as a multipurpose building. These events include the annual prom, college and career day, Beautiful Me self-esteem program, wrapping party for Christmas presents, special luncheons and other events that are scheduled during the course of the year. These tables would also be used outdoors, weather permitting, for quarterly Bible school and other spiritual program activities, for field day, ice cream socials, cookouts and recreational activities.


If your church has unused tables and would like to donate them to Jackson-Feild please contact Ann Chaffins at 804-354-6929 or achaffins@jacksonfeild.org.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Diosova News

ECW celebrates 125 years on May 16, honors founder Louisa Taylor Letcher



The ECW will honor its founder, Louisa Taylor Letcher, at the Spring Annual Meeting. Nancy Sands, ECW diocesan president, has declared May 16, Louisa Taylor Letcher Day, in observance of the ECW's 125th anniversary. In 1890, Louisa, a Norfolk resident, and her friend Sallie Stuart from Alexandria, organized the Women's Auxiliary of the Diocese of Virginia at St. Paul's parish in Norfolk. Louisa and Sallie served as co-presidents. When the Diocese of Southern Virginia was formed in 1892, Louisa continued as president in the newly-formed diocese until her death in 1920.


All women are invited to attend the ECW Spring Annual Meeting at Glebe Church in Suffolk May 16 to celebrate ECW's anniversary, meet Louisa Taylor Letcher in person, and to learn about "God Bless the Children," ECW's proposed 2015-16 outreach project, to benefit Jackson-Field Homes and Boys Home of Virginia. Ann E. Chaffins, Assistant Director of Development at Jackson-Feild Homes, and Megan-Drew Tiller, Church Relations, Boys Home of Virginia, will speak at the meeting. "This project is very important to me," Nancy said. "I feel we need to help give these young people a good start in life and let them know that someone cares about them." Your vote is important.

Glebe Rector, the Rev. Ross Keener, will officiate at Eucharist. Contact Louise Boss, ECW corresponding secretary, to register for the meeting, 757-678-5331 or louiseboss@exede.net, by May 9. The $12 registration fee includes lunch.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - Diosova News

ECW Spring Annual Meeting registration deadline is today!


 

The ECW Spring Annual Meeting will be held May 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jackson-Feild Home in Jarratt, VA.

Come join us as we learn about the deep roots the ECW have with Jackson-Feild. A tour of the campus will include the Marshall Cottage which was renovated using the gift from the ECW last fall. 


Registration and coffee will begin at 9 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Following Eucharist there will be a tour of Jackson-Feild and lunch will be served. Gathering will adjourn at 2 p.m.

To register for the meeting, contact Tia Morings, 757-650-8809 or morings1@gmail.com by May 10
. Registration cost is $20 per person. Please advise Tia of any dietary restrictions. Money will be collected during meeting check-in. Registration deadline is May 10, 2017.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Diosova News

ECW adopts 2015-2016 Outreach Project: God Bless the Children 


By Nancy Smith, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach

ECW Diocesan President, Nancy Sands, asked women gathered at the Spring Annual Meeting May 16 for a positive vote to support a project near and dear to her heart, and she got it. The women voted unanimously to support the 2015-2016 ECW diocesan outreach project, "God Bless the Children." The project will support the children and youth at Jackson-Feild Homes and Boys Home of Virginia in two ways.  First, by providing items needed on the homes' wish lists and second, by donating funds to create an endowment to help the youth with expenses when they head for college or begin a new job after graduation. Watch for more information.

The ECW also celebrated its 125th anniversary of founding in 1890 at the meeting. Historic Glebe Church in Suffolk, the host parish, was the perfect site to honor a special guest, ECW's founder Louisa Taylor Letcher, portrayed by Betty Kennedy. ECW Historian, Barbara Taylor, portraying Judy Emery, the first corresponding secretary for the Women's Auxiliary, ECW's foundation, introduced Louisa.  

 

Photo L to R: ECW Diocesan President, Nancy Sands, Christ Church, Danville; ECW Historian, Barbara Taylor, St. Francis, Virginia Beach; and Betty Kennedy, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach.  

Shill and Foster Named Officers of VJJA - June 3, 2015 Emporia News

The Virginia Juvenile Officers Association was founded in 1966 to promote child advocacy and to promote best practice and professionalism of its members.
Membership is comprised of professionals in the juvenile justice system, judiciary, employees of group homes, halfway houses, social services, private providers and others with an interest in youth and family services.
Adrienne Foster a therapist at Jackson-Feild Homes was named Secretary and Jamie Shill, also a therapist at Jackson-Feild, was appointed Treasurer of the Capital District Chapter of the VJJA.
Both Foster and Shill have been active members in this organization which strives to ensure that children receive the best care possible and professionals are well equipped to serve them.

Beneath the Sea of Enchantment – A Night to Remember - June 4, 2015 Emporia News

May 30nd was a special evening that will be etched into the memories of the children at Jackson-Feild Homes forever. The Robinson-Withers Gym was transformed into an undersea world as residents celebrated the 2015 Prom.

The theme was Beneath the Sea of Enchantment. Students in the art program prepared the decorations that hung throughout the gym. The boys and girls were gussied up in evening gowns and tuxedos and looked great.

A great deal of hard work was done prior to the event to ensure it would be a success.  Staff members met with children do discuss self-awareness and prom etiquette.  Girls received had their hair and nails done by a JFH friend who performed these services at a greatly discounted cost.  The DJ for the event, Craig Mangrum, is a staff member who also provided his services at a discount. The table decorations were loaned by Wootton Brothers Greenhouse. The Home’s food service staff prepared all the food for the event taking a special interest in making special treats for the occasion.  The Fairy Godmother program provided prom dresses, shoes and accessories for the girls. A photographer shoots prom photos for the boys and girls as a memory of this evening.

Prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers is a spring. Jackson-Feild’s staff members were committed to ensuring that their children would have this special opportunity and worked hard to make it a night that the residents will cherish for a lifetime.

Boy Scout Troop 232 (Purdy) Beautifies Jackson-Feild Homes - June 19, 2015 Emporia News

On a hot and muggy day __ members of Boy Scout Troop 232 traveled in force to Jackson-Feild homes to plant flowers around the campus. Members had to frequently hydrate due to the 90+ degree temperature.

Nevertheless, the Scouts stuck to their mission and at the end of the day the campus is awash in colors. The troop led by Chuck Lewis has performed a number of community service projects to improve the quality of life for the children at Jackson-Feild.

Tony Veliky, Director of Plant Services, expressed his appreciation and thanks to everyone involved. Their efforts have made a difference and he noted that it was very reassuring to have friends whom you can call upon to help with worthwhile projects.


 


Rotary Club of Innsbrook Makes Grant to Jackson-Field - June 24, 2015 Emporia News

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook presented Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement, a check to be used to start a horticulture program.  The funds will be used to launch this program by purchasing supplies, equipment and materials.

The Home’s rural setting is ideal for such a program as they already have a greenhouse which will be incorporated into the program. They will be purchasing the Woolly School Garden 2 system which utilizes a user-friendly curriculum that teaches children how to grow their own food and to make healthy food choices.

Mr. Keith Newcomer will be overseeing the program.  He and the residents are excited about planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting the benefits of a vegetable garden and flowers to beautify Jackson-Feild’s campus.

He will be reaching out to Virginia Department of Agriculture extension office, 4-H, and a local master gardeners for help, guidance and assistance.

Field Day at Jackson-Field - June 30, 2015 Emporia News


What do dunking booths and hula hoops have in common? They were both popular activities at Jackson-Feild’s annual Field Day on June 24. A warm, pleasant summer day was perfect for a variety of fun events and activities including sack races, water balloon buckets, face painting, bean bag toss and a T-shirt decorating contest.

The dunking booth was a favorite event as good natured staff members allowed the kids to try hits the bull’s eye and send them splashing into the water tank. Turn around was fair play when the students took their turn in the booth and their peers and staff had an opportunity to try to dunk them.

Kids snacked on popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones during morning activities. Everyone gathered under the shade trees to enjoy a delicious lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and the all the fixings. No one left Field Day hungry.

The DJ, who is also a training specialist with JFBHS, provided lively music for dancing, sing alongs and musical games. Announcements by the DJ kept students focused on upcoming events and congratulated winners of various games and competitions. 

The week prior to Field Day the children celebrated “Spirit Week” with a Dress Up Mix/Match Day, Green and Gold Spirit Day, Hat Day, Casual Attire Day and Design A T-Shirt Day.

Students enjoyed working with the staff to plan this very special day – one they will be talking about for weeks to come. It was wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces.

 


 Jackson-Feild Homes Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals - July 7, 2015 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Homes is eligible and participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. A copy of the policy governing this program is on file at the school and may be reviewed by any interested party.

The program receives support from the Federal government. Although all children receive the meals at no charge, the household size and income will be used to determine the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The result of this process determines the amount of support received from the Federal government.

TheU.SDepartmentofAgricultureprohibitsdiscrimination  against its customers, employees,and applicants for employment on the basis of race,color, national origin, age,disability,sex,gender identity,religion,reprisal, and where applicable,political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived fro many public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Serviceat (800)877-8339;or(800)845-6136(Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 Hear Ye, Hear Ye! - July 15, 2015 Emporia News

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe authorized and signed a proclamation noting Jackson-Feild’s 160th anniversary. Presented to President and CEO Tricia Delano by Mrs. Sharron Kitchen Miller (wife of Virginia Senator John Miller), this official document recognizes our longevity and success. 

Gubernatorial proclamations are issued in order to call to the attention of Virginians the special honors, milestones and events, and to create awareness of the good works done by the recipients.

We are pleased and proud to receive this proclamation commemorating our 160th anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our excellent service to children with behavioral health

Personal Note: I would have thought it would have been important enough to involve girls that grew up there to show how important an event it was......guess it was more of a "publicity thing"???? Not sure what to think of this one as we were invited to the 155th!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Diosova News

Governor McAuliffe signs proclamation noting Jackson-Feild's 160th anniversary



Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe authorized and signed a proclamation noting Jackson-Feild's 160th anniversary. Presented to President and CEO Tricia Delano by Mrs. Sharron Kitchen Miller (wife of Virginia Senator John Miller), this official document recognizes our longevity and success.


Gubernatorial proclamations are issued in order to call to the attention of Virginians the special honors, milestones and events, and to create awareness of the good works done by the recipients.


We are pleased and proud to receive this proclamation commemorating our 160th anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our excellent service to children with behavioral health issues.  

Monday, August 3, 2015 - Diosova News

Bikes and ice cream on a hot summer night



Twelve members of the Colonial Heights Rotary Club traveled to Jackson-Feild August 22 to deliver 16 brand new bicycles. With help from several of our residents the Rotarians worked tirelessly in the hot sun assembling all the bicycles. The bikes are Road Master bicycles with large tires which are needed to ride the gravel roads around the Jackson-Feild Campus.


The funds to purchase the bicycles were provided by a grant from Rotary District 7600. Local Rotary Clubs can request grant funding for needs within their communities. A grants committee within the District must approve all grant requests.


After the bikes were assembled residents, guests and staff gathered in Robinson Gym for an old-fashion ice cream social. The Rotarians provided ice cream and all the toppings which brought smiles to the faces of residents. Everyone had a great time.


Rotary International is an organization consisting of 34,282 service clubs with 1,200,000 members world-wide. Colonial Heights Rotary is one of 62 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 7600. Their club members embody the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".

 

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Breaks Par for Jackson-Field - August 5, 2015 Emporia News

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial served as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Jackson-Feild Home’s annual Golf Tournament.  They contributed $5,000 with the proceeds being used to fund the summer activities program for the residents of Jackson-Feild.  This money paid for off campus field trips, annual Field Day, summer school activities, pool party and other events and activities this summer.

Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. It has touched lives with fraternalism since 1883.  Their goal is to bring people together, support families and strengthen communities. They serve 770,000 families and are the third largest fraternal benefit society. The home office is in Rock Island, Illinois.

Bob French has been an old friend of Jackson-Feild and in recent years his son, Travis, has joined with him to help. This year Christian Hamlett has also come on board. Bob is the Regional Director for Modern Woodmen and he embodies the tenets of the society especially strengthening communities.

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes are the are the beneficiary of Modern Woodmen’s generosity and support and are very grateful for the opportunities they have been given.

 Delano Named to Board of National Association For Children’s Behavioral Health - August 12, 2015 Emporia News

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was recently named an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

With twenty-five years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past six years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 160-year history, and the organization is more viable and meaningful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make an impact at the national level.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Diosova News

Ridley Foundation awards over $131,000 in scholarships and grants for 2015-2016


The Ridley Foundation Board awarded scholarships totaling $131,250 to 50 students from the Diocese of Southern Virginia and Southampton County for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Board also awarded grants of $10,000 each to: Jackson-Feild Homes and Mission of the Holy Spirit.


Click here for a list of the recipients of Ridley Foundation Scholarships this year.  

Monday, August 31, 2015 - Diosova News

Dr. JoAnn Smart named Director of Clinical Services at Jackson-Feild Homes


Jackson-Feild Homes, the parent company of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services, has named Dr. JoAnn Smart Vice President of Programs. Dr. Smart will be responsible for the therapeutic services at Jackson-Feild and will work closely with the residential, educational and spiritual services departments.

 

Dr. Smart is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in Arizona. She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the U.S. military at Camp Lejeune NC and in Jacksonville FL.

 

She has conducted research focusing on attachment related problems among children and adolescents in residential placements and has extensive experience in working with adolescents suffering from multiple emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

 Dr. JoAnn Smart Named Director of Clinical Services at Jackson-Feild Homes - September 1, 2015 Emporia News

Jackson-Feild Homes, the parent company of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services, has named Dr. JoAnn Smart Vice President of Programs.  Dr. Smart will be responsible for the therapeutic services at Jackson-Feild and will work closely with the residential, educational and spiritual services departments.

Dr. Smart is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in Arizona.  She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the U.S. military at Camp Lejeune NC and in Jacksonville FL.

She has conducted research focusing on attachment related problems among children and adolescents in residential placements and has extensive experience in working with adolescents suffering from multiple emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

 Colonial Heights Rotary Club Supports Jackson-Feild Homes - September 11, 2015 Emporia News

            The Colonial Heights Rotary Club held a drive to collect school supplies for the students of the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes. The items were presented to Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement at their weekly meeting on September 10.  Debbie Wall, past president, made the presentation after which members gathered for a group photo.

                Over the years, the Rotary Club has helped the children in a variety of ways.  It recently partnered with the Petersburg Rotary clubs to paint several rooms in historic Walnut Grove.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - Diosova News

ECW Fall Annual Meeting: Focus on Breast Cancer Awareness



Join us Saturday, October 17, for the ECW Fall Annual Meeting at St. Timothy's, Clarksville. Molly Kratt, an advocate for young women with cancer, will speak. Please bring a scarf as a gift for women who battle cancer. Molly will share the latest scarf fashion tips. We will elect and install new board members. And we will have an ingathering of Jackson-Feild Homes and the Boys Home of Virginia wish list items collected for God Bless the Children, the ECW's 2015-2016 Outreach Project. Contact Louise Boss, corresponding secretary, to register for the meeting at 757-678-5331 or louiseboss@exede.net , by October 9. The $10 registration fee includes lunch

 

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 Bronco Federal Credit Union Donates Monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes - October 7, 2015 Emporia News

Bronco Federal Credit Union recently upgraded some of its technology which included computer monitors.  They donated 77 monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes for use in its school and cottages.

Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization in Jarratt that serves older adolescents who have severe emotional disorders. The Home celebrates its 160th anniversary this year.  In 2014 101 boys and girls were served by the organization.  The goal of the Home is to help children understand their emotional disorders and give them the tools and ability to manage them in the future.

Pictured are Brian Hedgepeth (right) CEO of Bronco, and Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement for Jackson-Feild Homes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Diosova News

ECW Board members installed at Fall Annual Meeting



By Nancy Smith, St. Aidan's, Virginia Beach     

 

Folks woke up to ice-coated windshields in Clarksville on October 18. St. Timothy's, Clarksville, ECW, led by Jean Crowe, ECW President, welcomed women who traveled across the diocese to the ECW Fall Annual Meeting that morning, with fresh-baked donuts and hot coffee.

The principal business at ECW Fall Annual Meetings is the installation of new board members. During the Celebration of Holy Eucharist, the Very Reverend Dr. Susan Grimm, Rector, St. Timothy's, Clarksville, installed the ECW board members: Kathy Haney, Recording Secretary, Christ Church, Danville; Andrea Morgan, Prayer/Worship Chair, Trinity, Portsmouth; Louise Boss, Second Vice President, Christ Church, Eastville/Bridgetown and Deborah Austin, Church Periodical Club Director, St. Mark's, Suffolk. They will serve a two-year term beginning in January 2016.

Megan-Drew Tiller, Church Relations, the Boys Home of Virginia, and Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement, Jackson-Feild Homes attended the meeting and received contributions from parishes for God Bless the Children: ECW's 2015-16 Outreach Project. At lunch Molly Kratt, a member of St. Timothy's, shared Seven Stylish Tips for Tying Your Scarf.

ECW dues, $3 per member, are due November 1. Technically, all Episcopal Church Women, are members of ECW. Two dollars ($2) fund donations given to recipients in the diocese, nation and the world through the ECW Diocesan Budget. Imagine what sizable donations those would be, if every women in diocese gave $3. For information about recipients go to the ECW page at www.diosova.org.


PHOTO: The Very Reverend Dr. Susan Grimm, Rector, St. Timothy's, Clarksville, installed ECW board members at the Fall Annual Meeting October 18. Back row, l. to r.: Kathy Haney, Recording Secretary,Christ Church, Danville and Rev. Susan Grimm. Front row, l. to r.: Andrea Morgan, Prayer/Worship Chair, Trinity, Portsmouth; Louise Boss, Second Vice President, Christ Church, Eastville/Bridgetown; Presenter, Nancy Sands, ECW Diocesan President, Christ Church, Danville and Deborah Austin, Church Periodical Club Director, St. Mark's, Suffolk.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild joins American Association of Children's Residential Centers


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has joined the American Association of Children's Residential Centers (AACRC), a 160-member organization now including eight in Virginia that treat children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders.

 

The AACRC believes that children and adolescents, and their families, are entitled to treatment which offers the maximum opportunity for growth and change. AACRC focuses on advancing professional knowledge, increasing public understanding about mental health in children, identifying and sharing information on emerging mental health practices, educating policy makers regarding treatment efforts, and supporting behavioral health organizations in order to provide high quality mental health services.

 

Jackson-Feild is very pleased to be a member of this worthwhile organization.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - Diosova News

Episcopal Church women support Jackson-Feild


The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has a long history of helping the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. The members met recently at St. Timothy's, Clarksville where they collected items from a Wish List as part of their "Bless the Children" project and presented them to Jackson-Feild.

 

The ECW was founded in 1890 to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ's work. Their mission today is to empower women to do Christ's ministry in the world.

 Episcopal Church Women Support Jackson-Field - November 5, 2015 Emporia News

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has a long history of helping the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  The members met recently in Clarkesville where they collected items from a Wish List as part of their “Bless the Children” project and presented them to Jackson-Feild.

The Diocese of Southern Virginia stretches across the bottom of Virginia from Hampton Roads to Danville and North to Richmond.  The ECW was founded in 1890 to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ’s work. Their mission today is to empower women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.

 Robert B. Wynne Elected to Board of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services - November 20, 2015

Robert B. Wynne, an associate in the tax and employee benefits department at McGuireWoods LLP has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

A native of Cary, North Carolina, Mr. Wynne received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Wynne and his wife Tsveti reside in Richmond, and he looks forward to his board service to an organization that helps children with mental health disorders.

Monday, November 23, 2015 - Diosova News

Robert B. Wynne elected to Board of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services


Robert B. Wynne, an associate in the tax and employee benefits department at McGuireWoods LLP has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. A native of Cary, North Carolina, Mr. Wynne received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Wynne and his wife Tsveti reside in Richmond, and he looks forward to his board service to an organization that helps children with mental health disorders.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Diosova News

Stitchers benefits Jackson-Feild's children


Jim Otto, project coordinator; Tod Balsbaugh, VP of Advancement for Jackson-Feild, and Tom Foster with one of the quilts. 

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen based organization, prepared 50 quilts to be given to the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas. The group meets every Thursday at Glen Allen Church of Christ in Richmond. These talented quilters have been using their talents and skills for the past eight years to help needy and deserving groups and individuals to improve their quality of Life.

Jim Otto, coordinator, and his wonderful volunteers have been making quilts, bags for walkers and wheel chairs and other specialty items for non-profit organizations. They also make items to be raffled to raise funds for needy individuals who have acute medical needs. They have donated over 2,648 quilts, 1,034 pillow cases, 3,067 wheel chair bags and 5,883 other kind of items sewing only one day a week.

For many of the residents Christmas is a very difficult time of year filled with bad and sad memories. They look longingly at other children who have happy and cherished Christmas memories. They don't want to get their hopes up for fear of another letdown....another day to hide their deep disappointment.

The quilts donated by Stitchers for a Cause will help the children feel valued and appreciated and make this Christmas a season they will cherish for a lifetime.

 Stitchers Benefits Jackson-Feild’s Children - December 14, 2015 Emporia News

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen based organization, prepared 50 quilts to be given to the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  The group meets every Thursday at Glen Allen Church of Christ in Richmond. These talented quilters have been using their talents and skills for the past eight years to help needy and deserving groups and individuals to improve their quality of Life.

Jim Otto, coordinator, and his wonderful volunteers have been making quilts, bags for walkers and wheel chairs and other specialty items for non-profit organizations. They also make items to be raffled to raise funds for needy individuals who have acute medical needs. They have donated over 2,648 quilts, 1,034 pillow cases, 3,067 wheel chair bags and 5,883 other kind of items sewing only one day a week.

For many of the residents Christmas is a very difficult time of year filled with bad and sad memories.  They looklongingly at other children who have happy and cherished Christmas memories. They don’t want to get their hopes up for fear of another letdown….another day to hide their deep disappointment.

The quilts donated by Stitchers for a Cause will help the children feel valued and appreciated and make this Christmas a season they will cherish for a lifetime.

 Meherrin Piece Makers Quilt Guild Aids Jackson-Field - December 30, 2015 Emporia News

The Meherrin Piece Makers Quit Guild is a group of 30 plus talented ladies who love to sew and quilt.  They used their collective talents to make hand-made pillowcases for every resident of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  They had a work day in early December to sew the pillowcases.

Each one was different and reflected the talent and ability of the member who prepared it. The pillow cases are beautiful. The members wanted to ensure that each child would have a special gift on Christmas morning.

The Guild presented pillowcases last year and has aided Jackson-Feild’s residents on a number of occasions over the years.

The administration and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services are most grateful for the efforts of these wonderful volunteers.

 

 

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 DIOSOVA NEWS - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New offerings for Jackson-Feild's residents



Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that they are providing contemporary dance classes, art classes and re-established their choir. All of these efforts are designed to give residents positive outlets for their time, energy and efforts.


Kate Turner, Admissions and PQI (Performance Quality Improvement) Coordinator is teaching contemporary dance classes. She was classically trained in ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance. She further studied ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance at Chatham Hall and Radford University. Ms. Turner is offering a beginning dance class which incorporates ballet, jazz and modern dance techniques. The children are learning basic dance terminology and practice various movements and positions with the intent of building strength and flexibility while simultaneously serving as an outlet for creative expression.


One of the staples of the Jackson-Field campus for many years was our resident's choir. It was an important party of our spiritual program and gave residents the opportunity to get off campus and experience new opportunities. The choir was disbanded several years ago when the choir director re-located and we could not find a replacement. Thanks to the efforts of David Ausby, our choir is up and running. Our children have always loved singing and sought an organized opportunity to express their God-given talents. The choir practices once a week and will be performing on campus and occasionally off campus.


In September 2013 we added an art program for our residents. Ms. Wilder, an art Teacher for the Greensville County Schools for the past 22 years, is running the program. Her objective is to teach the residents how to be creative and constantly think outside the box. Another objective is to allow residents to express themselves in other forms of communication besides verbally. At times they just want to draw, color, sculpt or even write about what they're feeling. Imagery is extremely powerful and our boys and girls are very creative.

Diosova News -Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jackson-Feild Homes re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation


 Jackson-Feild Homes, a 159-year old organization providing residential treatment services for adolescent boys and girls, received notice that it has been re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).


The Council noted in its letter that "re-accreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that Jackson-Feild is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders.  


Accreditation provides an objective and reliable verification instilling confidence and support to Jackson-Feild's parents, donors, board members, community partners and stakeholders. The accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both the administrative operation and service delivery practices. They are "measured" against national standards of best practice. The standards emphasize that Jackson-Feild's operations and practices are accessible, appropriate, responsive, evidence-based and outcomes-oriented. It confirms that services are provided by a skilled and supportive workforce and that children are treated with dignity and respect. Accreditation is conferred on the entire organization and not just one specific program or service with the intent to inspire confidence, credibility, integrity and achievement in Jackson-Feild Homes.


Tricia Delano, Executive Director, commented that "This is a wonderful milestone. A great deal of time and hard work went into this process but it is well worth the investment of time, energy and effort. I salute our dedicated staff members who made this happen.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild Homes re-dedicates its chapel




JFH resident presented Bishop Hollerith with a Book of Inspiration which contained faith-based poems and short stories written by residents.

On April 2, Bishop Hollerith assisted JFH's chaplain, The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones, in a service of re-dedication of the All Saints Chapel. The ceremony included the consecration of the Baptismal Font, Pulpit, and Altar. Music was provided by the recently reestablished JFH choir under the leadership of The Rev. David Ausby.



The service was attended by residents, staff, board members, and donors. Also attending were the three siblings of Helen Marie Boudiette. They traveled from Oklahoma, Ohio, and Florida. As a teen, Helen Boudiette enjoyed volunteering at Jackson-Feild. In 1978, Helen was tragically killed in an automobile accident. The Boudiette family donated funds to Jackson-Feild and asked that the chapel be built in memory of Helen.


Also present was Peggy Riethmiller, the daughter of Dr. William G. Christian. Dr. Christian was a member of Jackson-Feild's Board of Trustees and headed the capital campaign to raise funds to build the chapel. Mrs. Riethmiller's husband, Steve, presently serves on the Home's Board of Trustees.


After the service everyone gathered in Gage Dining Hall for a special luncheon prepared by the JFH food service staff. A resident presented Bishop Hollerith with a Book of Inspiration which contained faith-based poems and short stories written by residents that focused on love and forgiveness. The dedication ceremony will be long remembered and cherished by those who attended.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Diosova News

VIPCare forum: Compassionate Care for First Responders Impacted by Tragedy and Trauma


Thursday, May 1, 9 a.m. to noon

Location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Avenue, Richmond

Admission is free (for continuing education credits a $35 processing fee is charged)


The Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care (VIPCare) invites members of the clergy, religious leaders of all faith traditions, and the general public to a forum on "Ministry in the Midst of a Crisis."

While members of faith traditions are not first responders in the traditional sense of police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters, they are called once the immediate physical danger has passed to assist both the responders and the victims process the trauma. This forum offers a panel discussion with VIPCare clinical staff and police department chaplains, who have significant professional experience responding to major traumatic events. The panelists are also published authors in the field of post-traumatic stress and recovery.

  

Panelists will be: Dr. Donald  D. Denton, VIPCare staff, "Welcoming the Warrior Home"; Sergeant Steven Chumley, Chaplain, Virginia State Police; The Rev. Lloyd Jackson, Chaplain, Henrico Police Department. Participants are invited to bring examples of their own experiences with crisis and trauma intervention to the meeting to discuss with members of the panel.


To register please call VIPCare at 804-282-8332 or email vipcare@vipcare.org, with "Forum on Trauma and Support" in the subject line. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Diosova News

Ridley Foundation awards $153,183 in scholarships and grants



The Ridley Foundation Board awarded scholarships totaling $123,183 to 40 students from the Diocese of Southern Virginia and Southampton County for the 2014-15 academic year. Click here for a list of 2014-15 recipients. The Board also awarded grants of $10,000 each to: Jackson-Feild Homes, Mission of the Holy Spirit, and Covington Boys Home.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild elects officers and new trustees



At its annual meeting the Jackson-Feild Homes Board of Trustees elected new officers for a two-year term. They are Ms. Anne G. Greever - President, Mrs. Beblon G. Parks - Vice President, Mr. Craig A. Tilley - Treasurer and Mr. T. Darnley Adamson, III - Secretary.


Also elected are four new trustees who will serve a three-year term each. They are Ms. Ann H. Smoot, Mr. Shane M. Tilka, Mr. James M. Cox and Ms. Narendra R. Pleas.


Ms. Smoot is retired from the Virginia Department of Education as its Training Director. She previously worked as a district training and safety officer for the Virginia Department of Transportation. Prior to her service with state government, Ms. Smoot was an educator for thirteen years. A graduate of Emory & Henry, she received her Master's Degree from the University of Virginia. Her volunteer experience includes serving as a CASA volunteer and a parent representative on Hanover County's Family Assessment and Planning Team. Ms. Smoot lives in Culpepper and has summer home in the Northern Neck.


Mr. Tilka currently is the Vice President of Operations for Iluka Resources America having served in a number of capacities within Iluka since 2005. He received his undergraduate degree from Edith Cowan University in Australia and his graduate degree from Western Australian School of Mines. Mr. Tilka and his family live in Chesterfield County.


Mr. Cox is a Vice President and partner with Manry Rawls, LLC in Franklin. He also is President of Cox & Moncure, a company that operates a chain of sixteen mattress stores under the name of Mattress Outlet. A native of Richmond and an alumnus of St. Christopher's School, Mr. Cox received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Military Institute and his MBA from the College of William & Mary. He and his family live in Franklin.


Ms. Pleas is native of Georgia who moved to Virginia Beach when she was in high school. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Indiana. Previously a practicing attorney in the Emporia/Greensville and Sussex County Common wealth Attorney's Offices, she is now the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Suffolk. Ms. Pleas is a member and treasurer of the Emporia/Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, a former secretary for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads District 2, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Emporia/Greensville YMCA.

 

Monday, December 15, 2014 - Diosova News

Sharron Kitchen Miller names to Jackson-Feild Homes Board


Jackson-Feild Homes is pleased to announce that Sharron Kitchen Miller of Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the state agency that appropriates General Assembly funds for non-profit arts organizations throughout Virginia.


A retired Pediatric Administrator, Ms. Kitchen Miller has a strong history of community involvement and charity work on the Virginia Peninsula including service to the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross and a recent three-year term on the Board of the Virginia Living Museum. She has also served on the Newport News Public Works Advisory Committee, the Deer Run Golf Course Citizens Advisory Committee and as a Liaison Board Member to the USS Newport News.

Ms. Kitchen Miller and her husband, John, are the proud parents of two adult children and a grandson, Isaac.

 

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Monday, March 4, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild Homes honored by Virginia Senate



Jackson-Feild Homes was presented a senatorial resolution by the Virginia State Senate. The patron for Senate Joint Resolution #275 was Senator Louise Lucas. Delegate Roslyn Tyler was the sponsor in the House of Delegates.Recognizing the contributions that Jackson-Feild has made and for being a national leader in the service of traumatized children, the resolution called to attention the fact that Jackson-Feild has been a guiding light and source of inspiration for the development of new and best-practices in the treatment of boys and girls.Traveling to the Capitol for the presentation of the resolution were Executive Director Tricia Delano, Residential Counselor Katrice Bagwell, and residents Anwanatta H. and Bessema G. Following the presentation, the group was taken to the floor of the Virginia Senate for formal recognition.


Photo: Residential Counselor Katrice Bagwell, Executive Director Tricia Delano, Senator Lucas, Delegate Tyler, and residents Anwanatta H. and Bessema G.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild residents share their talents



By Tod Balsbaugh, Jackson-Feild Homes 

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes have been assisting the residents of Emporia Manor and Greensville Manor in Emporia, Virginia by making a variety of gifts and delivering them to residents once a month.Theresa Hicks, Program Coordinator, initiated this effort last fall. She wanted to instill a sense of community service in the Home's residents. The residents have made such items as Halloween cup cakes, decorative wreaths, snowman candy canes, Valentine centerpieces and their most recent gifts of butterfly treat bags. When delivering these gifts, Hicks encourages the children to interact with the residents. In doing so, both children and residents are enriched and changed. Through the simple act of being kind, the boys and girls are instilled with a sense of pride. The children look forward to the next trip where they can share their lives and talents with others.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild Homes emphasizes giving back


In 2011, residential counselor Terri Hicks initiated a volunteer program for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes. She saw that the residents - recipients of so much help from so many people - had a need to "pay it forward" and help others. As the children offered their time and energy to others, they began to feel better about themselves and they began to care more about others. The program - in partnership with Chaplain Robin Jones - has been a win-win proposition.


For the most recent project, the participants wanted to usher in the arrival of spring. Using painted clothespins, they prepared butterflies to signify a new beginning. They also painted flower pots which were planted with seeds that have since have begun to grow. Hicks, Jones and the children will deliver these items to the residents of Emporia Manor.


These volunteer efforts have brought great joy and satisfaction to the residents at Jackson-Feild, and Hicks is committed to developing creative ways to help the children give back to others. Next up... paracord bracelets for Respect for Law Week in early May.

Friday, May 17, 2013 - Diosova News

Church Periodical Club's Miles of Pennies benefits Jackson-Feild Homes



Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an Episcopal institution that provides books, magazines, tapes, videos and computer programs at no charge to those who cannot otherwise obtain them. Within the CPC is a fund called Miles of Pennies that provides grants up to $844.80. Laid edge-to-edge, it takes 84,480 pennies to cover the distance of a mile. Hence, the name of the fund and the maximum amount of grants provided. The Miles of Pennies program focuses exclusively on the book needs of children from kindergarten through high school.


The Miles of Pennies program is a national program funded through the work of local coordinators within every diocese of the Episcopal Church USA. The Presiding Bishop of each diocese designates one Sunday each year as Church Periodical Sunday, and donations are collected to support the Miles of Pennies Fund as well as other funding programs within the CPC. Each year, a total of $18,000 to $25,000 is awarded to worthy recipients with 95% of the funds coming from Episcopal Church Women throughout the country.


Jackson-Feild Home's Hayden Gwaltney School recently received a full grant of $844.80 from this fund.  Over the years, The Gwaltney School has received more than $6,900 from the Miles of Pennies program, and the students have benefited enormously. This year's grant was used to purchase 77 books that focus on healthy relationships, history or classic literature. Jackson-Feild Home, The Gwaltney School, the teachers, and the students are very pleased to once again be the recipients of this grant and thank all who contribute each year to the Miles of Pennies program.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

St. Matthias' youth support Jackson-Feild

isa Rose, Youth Coordinator at St. Matthias’, Midlothian, is passionate about helping her sixth and seventh grade youth appreciate their blessings and to be concerned about the plight of those less fortunate.She has many creative ways to help her children appreciate the effect of money and how we choose to use it and especially what it can do for others. One of her exercises involves freezing money in ice cubes in order to work to get to it. Rose’s efforts led to a fund raiser to help children their own age who have experienced misery and pain.  


Over the course of several Sundays, the youth collected jewelry from their families and members of the church. The items were then sold with the proceeds being given to Jackson-Feild Homes at the suggestion of Rose’s mother who has been a loyal supporter of the Home.


On May 9, The Rev. John Boucher presented a check to Jackson-Feild in the amount of $350 during the awards ceremony of the 18th Annual Golfing for the Kids tournament at The Country Club of the Highlands. The Homes’ staff was humbled by this gift and are most thankful for these special youngsters and their youth coordinator.


Representatives from Jackson-Feild hope to be able to meet with St. Matthias' youth group when they reconvene after the summer. The youth group is also interested in doing some "hands on" projects in the future.   


Jackson-Feild Homes provides innovative, intensive therapeutic services using best practice trauma models for boys and girls in residential care and community- based services. All programs work with each youth individually and involve each youth’s family to ensure success. The goal is to return the child to their community as soon as possible. Jackson-Feild works to educate, equip and empower youth to become healthy and confident young adults.

DIOSOVA NEWS - May 22, 2013

Church Periodical Club's Miles of Pennies benefits Jackson-Feild Homes



Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an Episcopal institution that provides books, magazines, tapes, videos and computer programs at no charge to those who cannot otherwise obtain them. Within the CPC is a fund called Miles of Pennies that provides grants up to $844.80. Laid edge-to-edge, it takes 84,480 pennies to cover the distance of a mile. Hence, the name of the fund and the maximum amount of grants provided. The Miles of Pennies program focuses exclusively on the book needs of children from kindergarten through high school.


The Miles of Pennies program is a national program funded through the work of local coordinators within every diocese of the Episcopal Church USA. The Presiding Bishop of each diocese designates one Sunday each year as Church Periodical Sunday, and donations are collected to support the Miles of Pennies Fund as well as other funding programs within the CPC. Each year, a total of $18,000 to $25,000 is awarded to worthy recipients with 95% of the funds coming from Episcopal Church Women throughout the country.


Jackson-Feild Home's Hayden Gwaltney School recently received a full grant of $844.80 from this fund.  Over the years, The Gwaltney School has received more than $6,900 from the Miles of Pennies program, and the students have benefited enormously. This year's grant was used to purchase 77 books that focus on healthy relationships, history or classic literature. Jackson-Feild Home, The Gwaltney School, the teachers, and the students are very pleased to once again be the recipients of this grant and thank all who contribute each year to the Miles of Pennies program.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild residents share their talents



By Tod Balsbaugh, Jackson-Feild Homes 

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes have been assisting the residents of Emporia Manor and Greensville Manor in Emporia, Virginia by making a variety of gifts and delivering them to residents once a month.Theresa Hicks, Program Coordinator, initiated this effort last fall. She wanted to instill a sense of community service in the Home's residents. The residents have made such items as Halloween cup cakes, decorative wreaths, snowman candy canes, Valentine centerpieces and their most recent gifts of butterfly treat bags. When delivering these gifts, Hicks encourages the children to interact with the residents. In doing so, both children and residents are enriched and changed. Through the simple act of being kind, the boys and girls are instilled with a sense of pride. The children look forward to the next trip where they can share their lives and talents with others.

Monday, July 8, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild residents help Oklahoma tornado victims



Residents of Rodgers Cottage at Jackson-Feild Homes were touched by the devastation caused the massive tornado that struck the outskirts of Oklahoma City.They were moved to try to help the victims of this disaster which led to a clothing drive both on and off campus. They collected clothing and other items which could be used to help those affected by this tragedy. Pictured are residential counselor Quentin McBeth and residents Al and Kelly. They and others collected items which were shipped to Oklahoma. Residents are encouraged to participate in community service projects. The community service projects help instill in residents a sense of civic responsibility and in the process feeling better about themselves.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild elects new Trustees



The Jackson-Feild Homes Board of Trustees convened its annual meeting on June 27 at which time Mr. M. Stuart Bolton, the Rev. Julia W. Messer, Mr. Craig A. Tilley, and Dr. Sala Webb were elected to serve.


Stuart Bolton recently retired from a 37-year career with Dominion Resources. A former district manager and with extensive experience in the tax, accounting, financial management, and regulatory sections, Bolton retired as Vice President and Controller. Bolton has served on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations.


The Rev. Julia Messer, a 2010 graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, is the Assistant Rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. Prior to ordination, Messer served as a hospital Chaplain in Kansas City, Missouri, an intern at PBS' Religion and Ethics covering the 76th General Convention, and worked as a Camp Chaplain at Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, North Carolina.


Craig Tilley presently serves as the Director of Credit for Owens & Minor, an industry leader in the field of health care supplies and equipment. Tilley previously worked for Alcoa and Reynolds Consumer Products in the credit office. Active in the community and having served on the boards of several organizations, Tilley is a past president of the Friends of Jackson-Feild Homes.


Sala Webb, a professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine, is a psychiatrist and is very active in various medical societies. She has also served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild completes capital campaign




Jackson-Feild Homes launched the Act of Faith Capital Campaign in November 2011 to raise funds to make repairs and improvements to its All Saints Chapel. With a campaign goal of $85,000, Tricia Delano, Executive Director, is pleased to announce that the goal has been met. Donations were received from thirty donors that included individuals, churches, church organizations and foundations.


Constructed in 1978, the chapel was in need of both exterior and interior repairs in order to continue serving as the home of Jackson-Feild's spiritual program. In addition to weekly worship services in All Saints Chapel, The Rev. Robin Jones also provides Bible study, character education, pastoral counseling, holy yoga and quarterly bible schools within the structure.


Exterior repairs were completed in 2012, and work has begun to complete the interior work. In the spring of 2014, Jackson-Feild will offer a special worship ceremony to re-dedicate the chapel.

Diosova News -Monday, August 18, 2014

Jackson-Feild receives grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Foundation



The Jackson-Feild Home (JFH) received a grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Foundation (ACECF) to provide supplies and materials for art, dance and music therapy programs for the residents of Jackson-Feild.


In years past, JFH residents participated in recreational activities offered off campus and in the community. Due to the very specialized needs of the children in its care, JFH has developed on-campus programs and activities in order to provide the children with every opportunity to express themselves in creative and positive ways.


ACECF was founded in 2000 so that its employees could have an active role in helping their local communities. ACECF is a workplace-giving program administered and managed by Altria employees. An employee committee selects the recipients from submitted proposals. Altria Group makes an annual contribution and pays the administrative costs. Since its inception, ACECF has made 1,452 grants totaling $40 million dollars.


Jackson-Feild has been the recipient of four prior ACECF grants beginning in 2002. The funds received from this year's ACECF grant are crucial in providing art, dance and music therapy opportunities for JFH residents.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild residents treated to a day on Lake Gaston



Nineteen residents of Jackson-Feild Homes recently spent a day at Lake Gaston thanks to some very special friends.

       

Mrs. Carol Weigel and Mrs. Jane Roundtree are neighbors and members of the Lake Gaston Ladies Club. This club has been very supportive of Jackson-Feild and its residents. They enlist other neighbors and friends to help sponsor this outing.


The boys and girls arrived at 9:00 and were greeted and welcomed by their hosts after which they headed for the water to swim or hop in a paddle boat. Three volunteers provided motorboats and the children were given a tour of the lake. For most of the residents it was the first time they had ever been on a boat. They returned to lunch which was a meal fit for a king. Carol Weigel had prepared a detailed schedule of events to keep the residents busy when they were not in the water. After lunch lawn games were held with each winner receiving a prize and then it was back to the water for more swimming.


At the end of the day residents thanked everyone for their hospitality and kindness. This marked the second year in a row that the children were able to spend the day at Lake Gaston thanks to members of this club.


A good time was had by one and all and it is a day that will be long remembered by the residents.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - Diosova Nees

Project Giving Back at Jackson-Feild Homes



 

Ms. Theresa Hicks, residential counselor in Rodgers Cottage at Jackson-Feild Homes, cares deeply about others and is passionate about instilling this spirit of caring in the children at Jackson-Feild Homes. Hicks created Project Giving Back to identify opportunities for residents to help others.  


The most recent venture was to make bracelets for our troops serving in Afghanistan. The brother of a Rodgers Cottage resident is serving there as is the son of a staff member. Allan, another resident, is a talented young man who showed the other boys in Rodgers how to make the bracelets using Paracord. When the girls saw what the boys were doing, they wanted to join the effort. All told, a total of 75 bracelets were made and shipped to our troops. The residents also wrote personal letters to accompany the bracelets.

           

Some of the children's comments were Eddie "It gave me a special feeling to give back to the men and women defending us", Diane "heart-felt feelings to do something for someone else" and Anthony "a nice feeling to give back".

           

This is the seventh Project Giving Back effort this year. The residents previously collected clothing and other items for the Oklahoma tornado victims, and have made food items and other gifts for residents of Emporia and Greensville Manor on a number of occasions.The residents are looking forward to their next opportunity to help others. In the process of helping others, they are also helping themselves. 

Monday, November 4, 2013 - Diosova News

Covenant Players visit Jackson-Feild


The Covenant Players made their annual visit to Jackson-Feild Homes October 29. This traveling repertory theatre company has been entertaining audiences since 1963. It is comprised of over 100 teams that travel worldwide to share the message of the love of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ.


Dr. Bill Bowling, Principal of the Hayden Gwaltney School, welcomed the group to the campus. Their performance was held in the Robinson/Withers Recreation Building.


Three members of The Covenant Players used the medium of drama to bring hope, encouragement and a positive message to the students. Their efforts were well received and much appreciated.


The troupe will soon be traveling to Haiti for performances in tent cities. It will be the first time that the Covenant Players have ever performed in Haiti. They hope to spread their message of dealing with the complexities of the human condition while respecting the separation of church and state to a new audience.

 

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Monday, April 2, 2012 - Diosova News

ECW Spring Annual Meeting


Mark your calendar and plan to attend the ECW Spring Annual Meeting at Jackson-Feild Home in Jarratt on Saturday, May 26. The day begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and includes a business meeting, an alumnae speaker, a tour of Jackson-Feild Home, Holy Eucharist and lunch. The registration fee is $5. Jackson-Feild Home is graciously providing lunch at no charge. Watch for more information soon.

Jackson-Feild Homes - FILE PHOTO/TIMESDISPATCH - Oct 1, 2012

Jackson-Feild Homes

The main house of the Jackson-Feild Home for abused and severely neglected girls in Jarratt, Va., April 23, 1996.

In a world that moves as fast as ours, you hear a lot about how companies have to be nimble to succeed and even to stay in business.

The same holds true for nonprofit organizations.

Since 1855, Jackson-Feild Homes has provided shelter and hope — in one form or another — to girls in difficult circumstances. The realm of residential children's services has changed dramatically through the years, and so has Jackson-Feild. Starting today, the organization will change even more when it opens its doors to boys.


"It was a very difficult decision," said Tricia Delano, executive director of Jackson-Field. The group has its main campus in Greensville County, near Jarratt, but also has an office in Richmond and a home on North Boulevard that it once used as a residential facility.

"Change is difficult. But the way funding streams are changing, it looked like it was probably a good business decision to add another source (of funding), and we also had been asked if we would consider serving boys by organizations happy with our services. The business lay of the land in every arena — and ours is not excluded — is diversifying services. We just are trying to be good stewards of what we do in order to remain viable."

Besides, Delano said, "This is why we exist: to provide services to children."

Jackson-Feild is actually a little late to the coed party. Other Richmond-area organizations of a similar nature, such as Elk Hill and the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, went coed years ago.

I've written a couple of stories over the years about girls who have been helped at Jackson-Feild, so I was interested to hear about its recent transformation.

Jackson-Feild undertook a major change in 2010 when it adopted a "trauma-based" treatment model, meaning it would be equipped to treat more severely troubled adolescents. The move was in response to a trend, both state and national, that now emphasizes community-based services for high-risk youth: in other words, trying to keep kids in need at home rather than placing them in residential facilities, which have become solutions of a last resort. Most of the girls who now arrive at Jackson-Feild already have been in many foster homes, Delano said.

Community-based services are considered more cost-effective, compared with long-term residential care, so places like Jackson-Feild, which was losing enrollment and having to make staff cuts, had to evolve and follow the funding to survive. Adding boys is simply another step in that transition.

"To serve the children in the community, that's our goal," said Alice Metts, the Comprehensive Services Act manager for Cumberland County who has referred numerous teens to Jackson-Feild over the years. "However, there are children who need to be stabilized before that can happen, and that's where Jackson-Feild comes in.

"The deal is, you get the children in, get them treated and get them calmed down enough to bring them back."


Jackson-Feild's roots are in Norfolk, where an Episcopal rector founded it in 1855 as an orphanage to care for girls left parentless following a yellow fever epidemic. The organization has morphed over the years, shifting from a home for orphaned and abandoned girls to one that in the 1970s began serving needy and abused or neglected girls. Jackson-Feild also has a program for young mothers and their infants.

Since 1925, the home has been on a sprawling farm on the Nottoway River reached by driving through cotton and tobacco fields. The girls — and soon boys — live in a series of houses and cottages, and though what Jackson-Feild does has become more of a treatment program, efforts are made to ensure it has the feel of a "loving, caring place," said Tod Balsbaugh, the home's director of development.

Its rural setting helps in that regard, in more ways than one.

"A lot of our girls, one of the biggest problems is running away," Balsbaugh said. "When you go to Jackson-Feild, you don't run away. It's about five miles off the beaten path."

Typically, more than 40 girls are on campus at any one time. Their average length of stay is seven months compared with past generations, when girls might have lived at Jackson-Feild for years. Those days are gone, but the feeling of gratification when a life has been turned around never goes away.

"We had nine girls graduate (from high school) in June," said Balsbaugh, who previously served as executive director of the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and has worked in the business of helping at-risk children for more than 40 years. "They might have dreamed it in their wildest dreams, but realistically they wouldn't have had that thought."


Diosova News - Tuesday, October 2, 2012

History-making change coming to Jackson-Feild Homes


By Tod Balsbaugh, Jackson-Feild Homes

 
After 157 years of serving only girls, Jackson-Feild Homes (JFH) will soon accept boys into its Adolescent Psychiatric Program. Children who come to JFH have poor family relationships and support. They live in environments filled with substance abuse. They are all-too-familiar with the court systems and social service systems having received numerous in-home, community-based, and residential services. They have suffered serious emotional trauma as the result of abuse and/or neglect.


In 2010, JFH developed its Trauma Focused Treatment model and as a result of the tremendously successful strides made in the treatment of girls, agencies across the Commonwealth that place children into residential facilities have been asking JFH to accept boys as well as girls. Trauma, abuse and neglect knows no gender. In fact, the majority of children currently served by the Commonwealth of Virginia are boys, yet until now there has been no residential treatment facility available to meet the needs of severely traumatized boys. After much thoughtful and prayerful consideration, the Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to accept boys into its Adolescent Psychiatric Program. JFH anticipates that the first will arrive on campus within the month. Safeguards and security are already in place to ensure that this history-making change will proceed smoothly and successfully.


Jackson-Feild is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation to provide residential treatment services.

Diosova News - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jackson-Feild Home admits first boy in 157-year history


On October 16, the first boy in Jackson-Feild Homes' 157-year history was admitted. C.J. is from Southside Virginia, and his placement marks a milestone for Jackson-Feild.

In a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on October 23, Debbie Mehl, Director of Programs, noted that "for more than one hundred years, the Home has provided many blessings to girls. It has provided seeds to plant, roads to follow, people who cared, and inspiration for girls to follow and achieve their dreams. Today, we now offer these same gifts to our first boy, C.J., and eagerly await the hundreds of other boys who will follow."


Much like Jackson-Feild is implementing history-making changes to benefit the lives of children, C.J. is making great changes in his own life. C.J. is at a turning point, and Jackson-Feild is the road that is right for him.


In the next few weeks, Jackson-Feild anticipates the arrival of more boys who - like C.J. - will take the road of recovery that will enable them to become successful, self-sufficient, healthy adults. Since 1855, Jackson-Feild Homes has provided care and hope to girls. The Home now looks forward to offering successful treatment to both girls and boys who so desperately need what they provide - help and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Love Your Skin Party”

On August 14, 2012 Linda Sue “Hall” Payne and an alumnae of Jackson-Field Home, who is an Independent Mary Kay® Beauty Consultant, took the time out of her busy schedule to hold a “Love Your Skin Party” on campus with all the girls and a few staff members.

We had an overwhelming turnout for the session and appreciate their taking the time to interact with us. Unfortunately, due to the considerable size of the class, she was not able to do any special one-on-one consultations as planned. Linda hopes to propose another get-together in the future with smaller groups so the girls can relax and share the excitement of trying new products for the latest looks while using the hottest colors, tips and techniques available.

Her main focus with the girls was to demonstrate the importance of an easy skin care regime utilizing the Mary Kay® Botanical Effects TM Skin Care: a simple, sensitive regimen infused with the goodness of botanicals personalized for their skin type to bring out its healthy radiance. Botanical Effects™ Skin Care is hypoallergenic and free of fragrance and synthetic dyes.

Nevertheless, due to the age of most of the participants, Linda also spoke about the use of the Mary Kay® System for Acne Prone Skin. In addition to the facial skin care, they were all able to sample both the Satin Lips® and Satin Hands® systems that gently exfoliates and moisturizes to keep their lips and hands feeling renewed, soothed and pampered.

In trying to have fun with our visit, Linda also touched base on learning to apply makeup techniques correctly, however, due to the time constraints she was only able to give some advanced makeup tips for those few who remained behind and requested them.

Her supporters for the day were her sister Debbie “Hall” Loudermilk who is also an alumnae and their mother; Shirley Anne Owen who helped assist with the large group. Linda tried to keep it both fun and easy, and gave away free Mary Kay® party perks and prizes to the girls and staff. Linda also left several tubes of the Velocity® Facial Cleanser and Velocity® Lightweight Moisturizer with the staff for the girls to utilize during their normal routines.

We all hope the girls as well as the staff enjoyed this opportunity as much as we did! 

 

 

 

 


Fish Tales - June 28, 2017 

For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of spring is a freshwater fishing trip to Smithfield. Old Point Bank sponsors the event providing the bait, rods & reels and food for a cookout.

The young anglers – many of whom had ever been fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish. Don Lancaster and Matt Smith volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.  They enlisted a number of additional volunteers. Matt provided a brief “Fishing 101” lesson in which he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and then release the hooked fish.

According to one enthusiastic participant, the kids caught “a bazillion fish,” releasing most but keeping enough to fill a cooler to bring back to campus for dinner.  

When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying a simple pleasure.”

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild annual fishing outing lures young anglers


On June 12, thirty-two residents and staff left campus bright and early to travel to Smithfield for a day of fishing. For many it was the first time they held a rod and reel in their hands, baited a hook and cast a line. Residents headed to their special fishing hole, and volunteers retrieved lines of out the trees and tall grass. When asked, they even removed the catch from the lines of squeamish fishers.


This annual fishing trip is a day that the boys and girls always enjoy, but "Hannah" was most the excited of them all. She landed the biggest fish of the day!


Don Lancaster, host of the radio show Fishing Tidewater, conducted a quick "Fishing 101" giving the boys and girls the benefit of his vast fishing knowledge. Old Point National Bank, longtime host of this event, provided the rods, reels, bait and tackle in addition to underwriting the cost of a cookout.

 Fish Tales  - October 15, 2015  Emporia News     

For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of fall is a saltwater fishing trip at the Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier in Hampton.  Old Point Bank sponsors the event in conjunction with the City of Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation.

The young anglers – none of whom had ever been saltwater fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish using rods, tackle and bait provided by Old Point Bank.  Don Lancaster and Matt Smith (hosts of the Fishing Tidewater radio show), Al Nazaruk, and Dan Minnick volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.   Don provided a brief “Fishing 101” lesson in which he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and then release the hooked fish.

According to one enthusiastic participant, the kids caught “a bazillion fish,” releasing most but keeping enough to fill a cooler to bring back to campus for dinner.  The new anglers had so much fun that did not want to leave.

When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying a simple pleasure.”

ackson-Feild Homes Residents Treated to a Day of Fishing - September 18, 2014

Three years ago Don Lancaster, host of Fishing Tidewater on WKHT, started a fishing outing for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes. Almost none of the participating children had ever been saltwater fishing, and he wanted to provide this opportunity.

Unable to lead the event this year, Don turned the 2014 outing over to his close friend Dan Minnick who rose bright and early Saturday morning to ready the rods and reels and purchase the bait before the boys and girls arrived at 9:30.

Following Dan’s Fishing 101 lesson, the residents grabbed their gear and started fishing. Everyone had a great time and caught a lot of fish. The children were amazed to see and learn about the living organisms come from the ocean. In addition to a wide variety of fish, they also caught a sea horse and a few crabs.

The boys and girls are still talking about this experience which they will long remember and cherish. Don, Dan and other caring folks in the Hampton Roads area have been providing quality of life opportunities for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for many years.

 

 

6-15-12 Annual Fishing Trip for residents

Not sure if Dr. Judith Ball is doing this one or not.

 

 

 


Jackson-Feild Graduates Ten Students - June 13, 2017 

June 9th was a milestone day for ten students at the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes as they graduated from high school.  The Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises were held at Southside Virginia Community College’s Golden Leaf Commons.

Five students received their high school diploma and five students received their GED. This was the largest graduating class since 2009. In its 20 year history, a total of 167 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony. Three students, Aureana, Genya and Fidel were the commencement speakers. Their speeches provided everyone in the audience an understanding of how important this day was to them as well as their deep gratitude towards the faculty and staff who helped them along the way.  

Five scholarships were awarded to students to help them with the expenses to further their education.  In addition to the scholarships awarded, there were special gifts that were given to all the graduates. Among these were cash gifts, gift cards, flowers for the girls and wallets for the boys. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia was in attendance and presented each graduate with a cash gift as a token for their accomplishment. An anonymous donor gave each graduate a $100 gift certificate and each girl a bouquet of red roses and each boy a wallet.  Each student also received a class ring that was funded by an anonymous donor.

This ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for both children and staff as it culminates and validates the mission of Jackson-Feild and celebrates the accomplishments of it children.


 

 Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

 GO (Gwaltney Online) - March16,  2016 - Emporia News

Gwaltney School students at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services who are discharged from Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health services prior to earning their high school diploma or GED certificate now have the opportunity to complete their education through our new GO – Gwaltney Online - program.

Students at Gwaltney School are enrolled and withdrawn according to their individual situation.  They often arrive – or leave – in the middle of a semester.  For students nearing the age at which they may no longer attend high school, such interruptions can be damaging to their ability and desire to complete their education.

Dr. Bowling, Director of Education, and Ms. Denise Moss, Individual Student Alternative Education Coordinator, developed GO.  Using the web-based curriculum called Odysseyware, students who have left Jackson-Feild may take elective subjects and GED preparation courses.  We mail textbooks and educational materials to participating students, and – through Odysseyware – follow their progress on a daily basis.  Ms. Moss is available via telephone to provide assistance as needed to help students understand and complete the course assignments.  When a student has completed the online GED prep course and is ready to take the test, Ms. Moss makes the arrangements for the student to take the test in his or her home locality.

As of press time, five students have earned their GED certificate by participating in GO.  This innovative approach is only one of our many commitments to our students.  By completing their education through GO, our students are able to go out into the world and live independent, successful lives.

Monday, March 21, 2016 - Diosova News

GO (Gwaltney Online) gives Jackson-Feild students the opportunity to complete their education



Gwaltney School students at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services who are discharged from Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health services prior to earning their high school diploma or GED certificate now have the opportunity to complete their education through our new GO - Gwaltney Online - program.

 

Students at Gwaltney School are enrolled and withdrawn according to their individual situation. They often arrive - or leave - in the middle of a semester. For students nearing the age at which they may no longer attend high school, such interruptions can be damaging to their ability and desire to complete their education.

 

Dr. Bowling, Director of Education, and Ms. Denise Moss, Individual Student Alternative Education Coordinator, developed GO. Using the web-based curriculum called Odysseyware, students who have left Jackson-Feild may take elective subjects and GED preparation courses. We mail textbooks and educational materials to participating students, and - through Odysseyware - follow their progress on a daily basis. Ms. Moss is available via telephone to provide assistance as needed to help students understand and complete the course assignments. When a student has completed the online GED prep course and is ready to take the test, Ms. Moss makes the arrangements for the student to take the test in his or her home locality.

As of press time, five students have earned their GED certificate by participating in GO. This innovative approach is only one of our many commitments to our students. By completing their education through GO, our students are able to go out into the world and live independent, successful lives.

Monday, June 15, 2015 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild Homes' Gwaltney School holds its 18th commencement excercises



On June 5, three students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School received their high school diploma, and one received his GED certificate. Six students received their ServSafe food certificate and two their food occupation certificate of completion.


Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. Mrs. Angela M. Carter was the commencement speaker.


Angela M. Carter, born and raised in Alberta, VA, is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Memory Chose a Woman's Body, a poetic journey and memoir that spotlights the effects of abuse, neglect and depression. An advocate of the healing ability of the arts, Mrs. Carter is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, a nominee for the 2015 Virginia Library Literacy Award (poetry), a motivational speaker, an arts advocate, a painter and a photographer. Mrs. Carter lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, two children and a collection of pets.


Mrs. Carter - herself a victim of child abuse - shared her life story and spoke of her continuing struggle with mental illness. She urged the graduates to know that they are not alone in their daily struggles, and that they can make a difference in their lives. "Each new day is a new beginning. Don't give up. Don't convince yourself that you do not matter. And don't convince yourself that you cannot become the person you want to be, if you want to become someone new."


Over the last eighteen years, 149 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for each graduate.  

Diosova News -Monday, June 16, 2014

Jackson-Feild Homes: First boys graduate from Gwaltney School



June 6 was a historic day for the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes. For the first time in its history, two boys were among the graduates receiving their degrees. The school began accepting male students in fall of 2012.


The ceremony was held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the celebration. Local author, Nancy Naigle, served as the commencement speaker. Mrs. Naigle is the author of six novels and suspense stories. Mrs. Naigle has a special place in her heart for Jackson-Feild and the children it serves. Her meaningful and inspirational message of stepping out into the world and embracing a new and exciting future resonated with those in the audience.


Some of the residents received their high school diploma, others received their GED, and a two other students received their Certified Nurse's Aide Certification. The faculty and staff of Gwaltney School did a great job preparing these graduates for this milestone and provided them with the knowledge and skills for future success.


This is the Gwaltney School's seventeenth graduation ceremony with 146 graduates receiving either their high school diploma or their GED.


In honor and recognition of the children's work, an anonymous donor provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for each graduate.

 

Monday, June 17, 2013 - Diosova News

Jackson-Feild graduates seven students



The Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes graduated seven students on June 7. It was a day that will be forever etched in the minds of the graduates. The ceremony was held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College Emporia campus. Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education presided over the ceremony. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Verlander, parents of Goochland County native and major league baseball star Justin Verlander, were the commencement speakers.


Seven residents received either their high school diploma or GED. Two other students received their Certified Nurse's Aide Certification. The Gwaltney School's faculty did an excellent job preparing these graduates for this milestone and providing them skills for future success. This is the Gwaltney School's sixteenth graduation ceremony. To date, 138 residents have received either their high school diploma or GED. 

 

Golfers Swing Their Way to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children - June 125, 2016

 May 9 could not have been a better day for a golf tournament.  The weather was perfect and the course at The Country Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County was in excellent shape.  The 83 golfers who participated enjoyed their time on the links and the volunteers who worked the event had a great time, but it was the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services were the ultimate winners of the 21st annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament.

Proceeds from the 2016 tournament will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous foundation and be used to build an outdoor recreation center with a sports court and swimming pool.  Over the years, proceeds from the tournament have been used to finance a variety of special needs such as start-up initiatives and children’s programs in addition to providing scholarship funding for children with no money for their care.

JFBHS would thank the following:  Boddie-Noell Enterprises for being the tournament sponsor for the 21st year in a row; Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for being the presenting sponsor; Jones LTC Pharmacy for being the dinner sponsor; and Hardee’s for providing delicious box lunches to all the participants and volunteers.

Golfers Swing Their Way to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children - May 18, 2015

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes were the ultimate winners on May 11th at the 20th annual Go Golfing for Kids golf tournament.

The tournament was held at The County Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield. Boddie-Noell Enterprises was the tournament sponsor and has been since the tournament’s inception. Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial was the presenting sponsor.

A delicious lunch was provided by Hardee’s after which tournament play began using the Captain’s Choice tournament format. An awards dinner immediately followed the tournament.

It could not have been a better day for golf. The course was in excellent shape. The golfers enjoyed their time on the links and had a good time for a good cause.

The proceeds for the 2015 event will be used to support Jackson-Feild’s Summer Enrichment Program. A variety of programs and activities are planned daily throughout the summer to educate and engage residents. Over the years proceeds from the tournament have been used for scholarships, education and student programs.

odern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Breaks Par for Jackson-Field - August 5, 2015

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial served as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Jackson-Feild Home’s annual Golf Tournament.  They contributed $5,000 with the proceeds being used to fund the summer activities program for the residents of Jackson-Feild.  This money paid for off campus field trips, annual Field Day, summer school activities, pool party and other events and activities this summer.

Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. It has touched lives with fraternalism since 1883.  Their goal is to bring people together, support families and strengthen communities. They serve 770,000 families and are the third largest fraternal benefit society. The home office is in Rock Island, Illinois.

Bob French has been an old friend of Jackson-Feild and in recent years his son, Travis, has joined with him to help. This year Christian Hamlett has also come on board. Bob is the Regional Director for Modern Woodmen and he embodies the tenets of the society especially strengthening communities.

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes are the are the beneficiary of Modern Woodmen’s generosity and support and are very grateful for the opportunities they have been given.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Diosova News

Golfing for Jackson-Feild's children




Jackson-Feild Homes is seeking golfers for its annual golf tournament to be held Thursday, May 8th at the Country Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support Jackson-Feild Homes' Expressive Arts and Education programs.


The 19th annual tournament will be held Thursday, Hardees is the title sponsor and Modern Woodmen of America is the presenting sponsor of this event. Lunch is served from noon to 1:00 p.m. followed by the captain's choice tournament. Golfers are given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a variety of items and the drawing is held at the awards dinner at the conclusion of play.  


Close to $400,000 has been raised since from previous tournaments. These funds are used to operate our summer program which operates afternoons after summer school has been dismissed. They are also used to support specific events and activities such as our college and career day, beautiful me program, dances, community service opportunities and trips and outings.


For more information contact Tod Balsbaugh, tbalsbaugh@jacksonfeild.org or 804-354-6929.

 

17th Annual Jackson-Feild Homes Golf Tournament

Go Golfing for Girls Golf Tournament
Thursday, May 10, 2012 – 12:00 p.m.
The Country Club at the Highlands

Dates maybe subject to change, for further infofrmation please contact Ann Chaffins at 804-354-6929.

To view brochure click below:

http://jacksonfeild.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Golf-2012.pdf 

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Diosova News

Fairy Godmothers work their magic


The gym at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was transformed into a department store recently. It was filled with clothing racks of prom dresses, tables full of shoes and jewelry and even a makeup counter.


For the past eleven years Collegiate School students have provided prom outfits to more than 380 residents through The Fairy Godmother Project. Their mission is to provide a high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them for attending a high school prom.


Throughout the year, Collegiate students Polly Sommers and Austin Tyner, co-Presidents of the Fairy Godmother Project, collected donated prom attire and conducted fund raisers to purchase supplemental items to complete the outfits.


The gym was filled with laughter and residents had smiles on their faces after their successful "shopping experience". The Collegiate students helped the girls find the right ensemble that will make them feel and look beautiful at the prom. Their generosity and kindness is much appreciated by both children and staff.

 

Diosova News - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fairy Godmother celebrates 10 years of helping Jackson-Feild students

For the tenth year running, The Fairy Godmother program at Collegiate Schools in Richmond recently helped residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services shop for prom outfits at no cost to the girls and boys.
 
Founded in 2006, the Fairy Godmother program has provided prom outfits to more than 350 residents. Their mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them from attending a high school prom.
 
Throughout the year, Collegiate students collect donated prom attire and conduct fundraisers to purchase supplemental items needed to complete an outfit. They also solicit donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of their effort. They store the items in a SmartBox provided by the owner of the local franchise, Bryan Bostic, and on April 8 the box was transported to the JFBHS campus for the day.
 
The Collegiate students met with JFBHS residents and helped them select the right outfit for the prom which will be held in May. Based on the smiles and laughter throughout the room, everyone had a wonderful time shopping for prom. For ten years now, these special volunteers from Richmond have provided not only the clothing to make prom special, but they have helped the children at Jackson-Feild feel valued and important.

 

Fairy Godmother Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Jackson-Field - April 13, 2017

For the tenth year running, The Fairy Godmother program at Collegiate Schools in Richmond recently helped residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services shop for prom outfits at no cost to the girls and boys.

Founded in 2006, the Fairy Godmother program has provided prom outfits to more than 350 residents.  Their mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them from attending a high school prom.  

Throughout the year, Collegiate students collect donated prom attire and conduct fundraisers to purchase supplemental items needed to complete an outfit.  They also solicit donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of their effort.  They store the items in a SmartBox provided by the owner of the local franchise, Bryan Bostic, and on April 8 the box was transported to the JFBHS campus for the day.

The Collegiate students met with JFBHS residents and helped them select the right outfit for the prom which will be held in May.  Based on the smiles and laughter throughout the room, everyone had a wonderful time shopping for prom.  For ten years now, these special volunteers from Richmond have provided not only the clothing to make prom special, but they have helped the children at Jackson-Feild feel valued and important.

There Really Are Fairy Godmothers - April 17, 2015

Volunteers with the Fairy Godmother Project of Richmond provide the opportunity for girls at Jackson-Feild to “shop” for a beautiful prom outfit at no cost to them. 

The Richmond program was established in 2006 at Collegiate School by Sloan Beaver. She served as chairperson of the project for two years and her sisters McKenzie and Ali carried on her legacy as chairpersons for the next seven years.  Their mother, Sabet Stroman, serves as the parent liaison.

This year Caroline Pollard and Lauren Dickinson served as co-chairs of the project whose mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for girls whose financial situation would otherwise preclude them ability to attend the prom.  Karen Albright and Toby Desch served as facility advisors for the 2015 project. SmartBox of Richmond and the Bostic family provide a free storage container for the prom gowns.

Collegiate students collect gently used prom dresses and have sponsored fund raisers to purchase additional dresses and accessories. Individual contributions, donations from area retailers and funding from a family foundation have also provided support for the project.

 

On April 11th twelve student volunteers served as Fairy Godmothers for the residents at Jackson-Feild Homes, a residential behavioral health organization serving boys and girls with severe mental health diagnosis. They were personal shoppers, helping girls select the perfect prom dress, shoes and accessories. 

The volunteers believe every student should have the opportunity to attend their prom regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.  It was rewarding and fulfilling to see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children as they selected the perfect outfit for their May prom.

Many thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Fairy Godmother volunteers and donors who care about the children at Jackson-Feild and want to be sure they experience the fun and excitement of prom night.

4-28-12  Fairy Godmother Project - Jarratt, Campus

Fairy Godmothers, Inc. mission is to help provide a special high school prom experience for qualified high school girls whose financial situations are such as otherwise would preclude their ability to attend their prom by providing them prom gowns, shoes, and similar accessories which have been donated to the organization. To find out more about us click on link below:

http://www.fairygodmothersinc.com/index.html

 

 

St. Jame' Episcopal Church - Leesburg, VA

 All Middle Schoolers participated in a weekend mission trip (Friday-Sunday, September 30-October 2, 2011) to the Jackson-Field home in Jarratt, VA. Jackson-Feild is a residential community for at-risk teenage girls, started in 1855 by Episcopal churches in Virginia. We planted pansies at the school on Saturday, and a local church hosted us for dinner and games on Saturday evening. We worshipped with the girls on Sunday morning before heading home. Pat Douglas led this mission

St. James Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip – Jackson-Feild Home for Girls

by Kaitlyn Ahrweiler
October 2011

I believe everybody was born with a special gift from God. I think the people that participated in the mission trip to The Jackson-Feild Home for Girls were all born with the gift to help others and put smiles on their faces. There is nothing like planting 800 pansies and watching girls start to smile. The beauty that you see there in the nature, in the people, in God, was so beautiful words can't describe it.

It started with a long car ride and long laughs with the mannequins in the closet. Next thing we know, we are playing Apples to Apples and mentally preparing ourselves for the next day. We woke up Saturday with butterflies in our tummies. At 10:00 a.m., we began our long day. We planted everywhere there was a fresh patch of soil. Sometimes we saw girls, sometimes we didn't. The dogs tagged along, and Charlie the beagle mix always expected a belly rub!

We made funny jokes to pass the time, and by the end of the day, we were covered in dirt. But it was worth it. The sun was shining, the clouds were fluffy, the breeze felt good, and the weather was in the high 60s. It felt like forever. When we were done, we went out for dinner to celebrate our hard work. We all knew that the girls were going to be proud and happy.

Sunday, after church, we left with a feeling of accomplishment. Every inch of our bodies was sore. But we felt good. I liked knowing that these girls that have sad, terrible lives had something to smile about. 

 

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Jacskon-Feild Homecoming - August 25, 2015 Emporia News 

It’s time to start planning for this year’s “Homecoming”; so mark your calendars TODAY!

Let's face it...years are passing and our time is short; so please make every effort to attend this annual event. We’d love to see ALL our sisters from days gone by so make it a special afternoon to spend time with those who come to share and reminisce of memories as young girls at Jackson-Feild and check out our website at jacksonfeild.com!

We would love to see everyone, so please communicate with ANY sisters you may see or make contact with about our annual "Homecoming”.

It’s a time to celebrate and learn of our Legacy so please feel free to bring your family; spouses, children and grandchildren as well!

We would love to see EVERYONE attend this year, especially YOU…so please grace us with your presence!

"HOMECOMING" occurs every year...2nd Sunday of September..Mark your calendars NOW!  

Our event will be hosted at the on-site Community Building for Homecoming 2016!

Grace Church

9986 Purdy Road

Jarratt, Virginia 23867

September 11th

Noon 'til...

Bring a dish to pass and photos of the past!

9-11-11 

Homecoming 2011 was a huge success! Unfortunately, we had several that could not make it this Sunday and were truly missed, however, we were fortunate enough to have sisters attend that we had not been in touch with since the 1970's and 1980's. For those of you who were not able to attend, not only did you miss the regular attendees, but you also missed Mary Jane Allen, Mickie Advensky, Betty Carrier, Ellen Carrier, Wanda Clarke, Betty Hammel, Kathy Herndon, Star McClelland, Patsy Ray and Mary Ann Wilson.

Everyone contributed to our luncheon by bringing a dish and it was greatly appreciated; as well as enjoyed. We held a short board meeting to discuss any business matters that needed addressing. There was no election although, Valerie Hall resigned as Secretary and Debbie Hall was nominated and accepted. She will continue to work on locating sisters, developing our website, and helping with Homecoming 2012 and beyond.

After our board meeting we held our 2nd annual Raffle to help defray the costs of our website, as well as items purchased for our event.  We know you aren’t able to see the ‘behind the scenes’ things that need to be done to bring this all together. So just so you can understand what is involved, some of these expenses include signage, business cards, postage for mailers and gifts for the raffle. There are also costs involved to continue locating ‘girls’ by utilizing “People Search” websites. At our most recent Homecoming, one of our alumnae gave a donation and requested to remain anonymous. After our conversation, "per her request", we will be honoring her decision to use the funds to help defray the costs of the JFH website and research websites used to find more alumnae which are essential to our continued success. Also a thank you to all who gave their support with your contibutions towards our raffle and those given to our treasurer.  We appreciate all of your support.

The Raffle winners were:

  • Handmade Quilt (valued at $125) - Delbert Runner (Kathy Herndon's husband)
  • Pasmina Reversible Shawl (valued at $85) - Mary Ann Wilson
  • PartyLite Garden Light Shadows Lantern Candle Holder (valued at $49.95) - Suzanne Crumpton
  • Large Family Photo Album (valued at $29.99) - Wanda Clarke
  • 6-12 oz Printed Drinking Glasses (valued at $19.95) - Suzanne Crumpton

Special prizes for others that shared our amazing day were:

  • Oldest alumnae - 3-Mary Kay Soaps (valued at $12.00) - Barbara Wright
  • Youngest alumnae - PartyLite Classic Mini Barrel Jar candle (valued at $8.31) - Wanda Clarke
  • 1st to arrive - PartyLite Classic Mini Barrel Jar candle (valued at $8.31) - Barbara Wright
  • Farthest distance - Mary Kay Satin Hands and Body Wash (valued at $20.00) - Betty Hammel
  • Shortest distance - PartyLite Classic Mini Barrel Jar candle (valued at $8.31) - Mary Ann Wilson
  • Alumnae to bring the most generations - Valerie Hall donated Mary Kay Body Wash (valued at $15.00) - Linda Sue (Barbara Wright's daughter)
  • Largest number of Alumnae sisters to attend - Valerie Hall donated 3-Mary Kay gifts (valued at $12-$15 each) - Betty Jane, Peggy and Sara McKinney (the "Hall" sisters disqualified themselves due to being on the committee)
  • "Male" Giveaway - $10 Applebee's Card, Black Suede Body Wash & Deodorant (valued at $17.95) - Dan Pugh (Star McClelland's husband)

A special gift was given to Linda Sue Hall for assisting the Website Administrator which included a canvas bag, mouse pad and pen monogrammed with our signature photo of Jackson-Feild and the words "I believe...that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but, we are responsible for who we become."

In addition, the Rev. Robin Jones welcomed us at Jackson-Feild with a brief meeting in their Chapel to give us an update of the status of Jackson-Feild Homes. Our tour followed and then we had refreshments at Gage Dining Hall. We were allowed to speak with the girls or staff if we chose. Arlene Cannon, Mary Ann Wilson, Linda Sue & Debbie Hall stayed until about 8:30 doing just that and afterwards we drove into Emporia to Applebee’s for a bite to eat. They closed at 10 PM but they let us stay and talk until 11 PM and then we all drove home. It was a very long day with trying to make it all happen so that everyone would have an awesome time and want to come back each year! A big thank you goes out to each of you that took the time out of your daily lives to reminisce with us! We hope to see each of you next year!

 

 

 

8-11-11 I mailed out the 2011 Homecoming Postcards! Let's hope for an awesome turnout!

7-23-11 Linda Sue and I sent out letters to various local businesses in the Emporia, Jarratt and Skippers area asking for donations to help assit with the raffle that will be held at Homecoming 2011. Sad to say, but out of the 25 letters mailed, unfortunately, there were no takers and Linda and myself donated the items for the raffle.

 

 

 

From: Mary Lou <clydepadgett@hotmail.com>
Subject: Website
To:
jacksonfeildhome@yahoo.com
Date: Monday, June 27, 2011, 2:18 PM

Linda and Debbie:
 
This is the first time I have had a chance to look at the entire website you have created.  I am so sorry it took me this long.  However, I was totally amazed.  It is absolutely splendid.  Beautifully constructed and so so interesting.  It could not have been created better.  I know it took and still takes a lot of time and effort to keep it going.  Personally, I think you are both extremely creative and I thank you  very much for all your work.  Not all of us OLD girls have kept up our technical skills so I, for one, am very impressed.  I look forward to reading any updates.  

 
Also, Linda, thank you for representing us at the Rotary Club and other speaking engagements.  I'm sure you did an exemplary job.

 
Thank you both, again, and I look forward to seeing you in September.

 
Fondly,

 
Mary Lou (Harris) Padgett

Vice President - Jackson-Feild Alumnae

 

 

 

 

Community Shred - Shred it for the Girls 

On May 21, 2011, Jackson-Feild Homes held a ‘Shred It Day” at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Farmer’s Market, 6000 Grove Ave, Richmond, VA to help raise funds to continue their work with the girls.

 

 

 16th Annual Jackson-Feild Homes Golf Tournament

On May 12,2011 The Country Club at the Highlands, 8136 Highland Glen Drive, Chesterfield, Virignia held it's Jackson-Feild Homes Golf Outing. The Shoot out was for 1:00 PM.

 
The Kiwanis Colonial Heights also held their annual outing at Chesdin Landing Country Club. The day started at 7:30 AM til 5:30 PM. 

 

 

 

2-10-11 Linda Sue "Hall" Payne was asked to speak to the Colonial Heights Rotary Club at the Hilton Garden Inn at Southpark. We were both warmly welcomed and were able to answer some questions for those that lend their time and support to Jackson-Feild. Linda has since been asked to speak at the Petersburg and Emporia meetings.

Per our request, Tina and Sharon "Harlow" were kind enough to spend half the day sharing old photos, listing names of those in them and assisting with some updates on the Alumnae List. Since we had previously been contacted by Lynn “Harrell” Ramsey about photographs that belonged to her mother, Irene "Lynch" Harrell; we called and asked if we could come by to scan them. We spent several hours at her house, me scanning the photos and Linda catching up on some of our sisters as well as locals that she attended school with.

All in all, a very productive day for the website...please check out some of the added photos!

 

 

 

November 2010

November 20, 2010 - Colonial Heights Rotary Club - Members of four area Rotary Clubs in Area 7 of Rotary District 7600 and the Interact Club at the Appomattox Governor's School volunteered their services to paint four rooms in Walnut Grove, the historic home that now houses the administriative offices. They ran out of time and did not finish the project, but plan on finishing after the New Year. This project is an example of how "many hands make light work" and how Rotary is making a difference around the world and at home. If you would like to see some of the pictures from the paint project, look up their Facebook site or go to http://www.colonialheightsrotary.org/.

 

 

 

 

October 9, 2010

Jackson-Feild Homes 155th Anniversary

Tod Balshaugh asked that one of the Alumnae speak at the upcoming event. Our current President, Linda Sue "Hall" Payne spoke about growing up at Jackson-Feild and what it meant to her and so many others of the Alumnae. She was joined by her sister Deborah "Hall" Loudermilk and was able to speak with some of the current girls on campus.

 

 

 

 Independent-Messenger, Sunday, September 12, 2010

Trust and Foundation award grants to Jackson-Field Homes

Jackson-Feild Homes is the proud recipient of two grants: a $15,000 from the Richard and Carolina T Gwathmey Memorial Trust and a $10,000 grant from the Bierne Carter Foundation. The grants were awarded to replace the flooring in the Hayden Gwaltney School.

 

 

Jackson-Feild Homes Fall 2010 Newsletter 

 

 

 

March 2010

March 28, 2010 - St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, VA had a Middle School Mission Trip (May 21-23). All Middle Schoolers were invited to be part of a mission trip to the Jackson-Feild home, a residential community for troubled adolescent girls located in Jarratt, VA. The home has strong ties to the Episcopal Church. The group planted 700 begonias and did some other landscaping work while there.  

 

 

December 2009

Ann Chaffins, Assistant Director of Development in Richmond, VA approached Linda Sue ”Hall” that as a Jackson-Feild Alumnae she might possibly like to sponsor one of the girls for Christmas. In turn, Linda asked if I too would be interested in participating. After careful consideration, we both requested it be one of the older girls instead of a younger one. In our day, we both remembered that it was usually the "younger" girls that everyone wanted to sponsor and the older ones seemed to be less popular. The girl we chose to sponsor was "Debra D - 8/8/92". I spent the whole day shopping at South Park Mall in Colonial Heights and purchased a stylish blouse with a pair of designer jeans from Macy's, while Linda shopped at Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville and brought a beautiful shirt and Nike tennis shoes at JC Penny's. This was our first year of participating in this event and it was important for us both to make sure that our gifts were age appropriate but also something that was on her "Wish List" so she would truly enjoy receiving them. We were sure to include the "gift receipts" just in case they weren't the correct size or her particular taste. We hope that other Alumnae will also consider doing the same for 2010! They need all the help they can get to be sure all the girls and babies are sponsored so I hope each of you will look into your hearts and give this some thought - please remember those days when we were in their shoes and what those gifts meant to us!

Deborah "Hall" Loudermilk 

 

 

Emporia News: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

BB&T Teams with Jackson-Field Homes

The Emporia Branch has partnered with JFH to ensure that all the children at the Home are ready to start school with everything they need. This partnership is part of BB&T’s company-wide community service initiative in August and September entitled “BB&T’s Lighthouse Project”. The philanthropic effort is the largest in BB*T’s 137-year history. Mark Owen, City Executive, notes that, “Our employees take the welfare and protection of our children very seriously. We want to make a meaningful impact to ensure that at-risk-children have the resources they need to succeed.” They will be visiting the JF campus on the 20th to have an ice cream social at which time they will present the school supplies to residents. Betty Harrell who coordinated this effort noted, “JF’s mission of serving at-risk girls is critical in today’s society. Chris Thompson, Director of Administrative Support, stated, “JF is very grateful for BB&T’s support and for this wonderful program which will help countless people, not just our girls. “Our girls will be thrilled with these much needed supplies to start the school year off right.”

 

June 13, 2009

 by Virginia Beach's Dr. Julie Ball

Empowering Women With Fishing

I was lucky enough to be involved in another worthwhile event, giving back to the Community.

There are young women out there who are less fortunate than others. Some are lucky enough to find themselves in a safe environment, with a positive influence to help them find a brighter future. One of these safe places is the Jackson-Feild Home for girls. This establishment is a non-profit charitable organization providing programs and services for adolescent females who are “at risk” for mental health problems, delinquent behaviors or failure to complete their basic education. 

This is the fourth year I was invited to help host a fishing trip for young ladies from the Jackson-Field Homes. My job is to provide a positive female role model presence. I also invited my fishing buddies, Larry and Joshua Regula to help me with baiting hooks. Don Lancaster was the coordinator.

This is always one of my favorite yearly activities. Most of these adolescent ladies are from inner city and urban areas, and have never seen a fish.

The girls arrived by vans in the morning, and piled out to gather under tents. It was a beautiful, sunny day. As Don made the introductions, I watched the girl’s faces as they listened with folded arms, pouted lips, and obvious doubt. The first year, I was concerned when I saw this attitude. Now I know it’s only temporary.

Each girl was given a fishing rod to use. And after the instructions, the girls reluctantly followed us towards the banks of a beautiful lake, where plenty of sunfish awaited their offerings of earth worms and red wigglers.

The transformation always amazes me. At first there was a lot of squealing and jumping, as each girl caught her first fish ever. But the girls’ squealing quickly turned to giggling and big smiles. Next, the girls became “experts,” offering each other advice….empowering them.

At the end of the day, I was tired…but I smiled. Our mission was complete. These girls will never forget this day. Ever. And I was part of it. Amazing.

You can check out her Extreme Fishing Website at http://www.drjball.com/ 

 

 

May 2009 

The Bookers - A book club, The Bookers, has a variety of projects. The three below are annual projects.

1. We collect new children's books at our December meeting. All are asked to wrap the gift and then place a post-it note saying gender and age range. These books are given to three area charities. They are distributed to mothers or fathers so they may present their child with a book.

2. We collect funds for Help Hospitalized Veterans. This charity distributes craft kits to soldiers recovering in hospitals.

3. We collect items for the Jackson Feild Home for Girls in Jarratt, VA: once a year used clothing drive; once a year new underwear drive; and books at each monthly meeting.

In May 2009 we found that we had extra funds. We gave $50 to each of the five local public libraries for a reference book of their choice. We also gave $150 in magazine subscriptions to the Jackson Feild Home for Girls.

---Carol Weigel, Henrico, NC

 

Fall 2007

Tom and Bettie Lou "Manuel" Harmon with her sister Arlene "Manuel" Thacker stopped by Jackson-Feild to drop off 14 bags of new items donated by the "Scarlett Scamps" Red Hat Club. Bettie and Arlene spent part of their childhood at Jackson-Feild when the organization functioned as an orphanage. They enjoyed the tour of the campus and savored the chance to give back to the place they used to call home. 

 A heartfelt thanks to the "Scarlett Scamps" Red Hat Club! 

 

 

2005 Article

Jackson-Feild Homes: Making a Difference in the Lives of Girls in Virginia

Rachel (2002 placed at Eleventh House)

Crystal (Jackson-Feild & Eleventh House)

 

http://www.averagegirlmagazine.com/members/Archive/0505Inspiration02.htm 

 

 

1985 News Article in the Independent Messenger on the 130th Anniversary 

 

 

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