Children & Youth,
Children & Youth Services,
Lutheran Family Services of Virginia expresses God’s love by providing services and assistance to empower communities, families and individuals in their journey to well-being.
In our communities all people will receive the support they need to live abundant lives.
Christ calls us to love and serve our neighbor
All people have an inherent worth and dignity
Families are the building blocks of a healthy community, a thriving Commonwealth, and a just and compassionate nation and world
Congregations are powerful agents for positive change in their communities
Lives are transformed by a community of care dedicated to the best, least restrictive solutions
Education, awareness and advocacy are tools of lasting change and justice
Effective organizations are committed to continuous improvement
Employees and volunteers are the life-blood of our organization
Results: The past fiscal year had its blessings as well as challenges. New realities in the world of social ministry and social services make what we do more important–and more difficult–than ever. The biggest and most exciting change last year is that we started offering services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the acquisition of The Lamano Agency. We continue our dedicated service to children, families and individuals now with a staff that has doubled and a wider geographical reach. For the first time we are able to offer continued services to individuals with disabilities from youth through adulthood. Our goal is to expand these much-needed services throughout the state, which we have begun to do.
Other accomplishments from the past year include:
• A new approach to serving children in foster care focuses on helping them heal from trauma. We are offering services that recognize the profound consequences of trauma for children and offer supports to help them heal and move on to experience healthy family, school and community relationships.
• Our Minnick Schools are offering new opportunities for students through vocational skill-building programs such as the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES), which transforms the classroom into a mini-work environment to help students learn basic career, vocational and life skills. The PAES lab is offered at the Roanoke Minnick School; we are working to offer it at our other schools.
• And lastly, a branding research project helped us focus with more clarity on our mission and the way we communicate it. I hope that you like our new look and the words we have chosen to represent our hope for the people we serve—“promise, restored.”
Thank you for your support of our mission.
Target demographics: the most fragile and overlooked to restore the promise life offers.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,904 in 2011-2012
Geographic areas served: regions surrounding Hampton, Richmond, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Roanoke, Bedford and Wytheville
Programs: Over the last 125 years, Lutheran Family Services has evolved from an orphanage in Salem, Virginia, to an agency of 400-strong employees who help vulnerable individuals experience abundant, successful lives at home, school and in the community.
The people of Lutheran Family Services help children in foster care find temporary or permanent families, we strengthen families so that they remain strong and intact, we help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and thrive in their communities, we help children with emotional and behavioral challenges succeed academically, and we assist older adults and caregivers in a time of life transition.