McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa

‘Recovery’ high school aims to rehabilitate, educate

Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs).
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‘Change the World RVA’ to raise funds for homeless students


A local nonprofit will host a week-long fundraising and awareness campaign later this month to benefit local students who experience homelessness and housing instability.

Change the World RVA's campaign will take place Sept. 24-30 to support students during the current school year.
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Dominion Energy opens application process for $1M in grants


The application process has opened for nonprofit organizations interested in a piece of $1 million in grant money from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

The foundation is inviting nonprofits across its 13-state footprint (including Virginia) to apply for grants of as much as $50,000 each for programs that provide essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services. For the third consecutive year, the foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical community needs in the states served by Dominion Energy.
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FeedMore honors Henrico volunteers


FeedMore recognized several volunteers from Henrico County recently in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week. The volunteers - William Cary, Phil Newton and Yvette Gilmore – have given eight total years of service to the agency, which works to fight hunger in Central Virginia.

“It’s heartbreaking to realize there are kids in our community who are hungry,” said Cary (pictured, at right), a volunteer with FeedMore’s Children’s Programs. “Nobody, young or old, should be hungry.”
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Safe and sound

Shelter offers support, hope for victims of sexual and domestic abuse

When Srabanti Gupta, 37, left India and moved to Henrico in 2012 to be with her husband of 10 years, she had no idea that within weeks she would feel helpless, scared and fearful for her life and that of her six-year-old son, Ishan.

Unsure of where to turn, Gupta found comfort and safety in Safe Harbor, a shelter that offers comprehensive services for survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence.
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McShin Foundation helps addicts to ‘love themselves’

At only 12 years old, Honesty Liller began drinking and using marijuana. Through her teen years, she moved on to cocaine, followed eventually by heroin. After an overdose, a pregnancy and hitting rock bottom, she found her place at the McShin Foundation, a full-service recovery community organization (RCO) serving individuals and families fighting substance abuse disorders.

“I was desperate,” she says. “I didn’t love myself, and I wasn’t a mother. I was broken down, beaten down, and I didn’t have any money.”

She moved into the foundation’s recovery house, located off Dumbarton Road in the basement of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. During the following five months, she began doing odd jobs as a nanny and landscaper and eventually began working for The McShin Foundation.
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Positive reflections

Mirror Mode helps shape girls into successful young women

In 2009, Aljanette Hall struggled like many Americans. She found herself out of a job after many years working in the real estate business. The time off afforded her the opportunity to live out her true passion - shaping young girls into successful women-to-be who know their value.

“Going through the downside of the economy, I knew just how it was,” she says about feeling singled out and in need of information. She had been mentoring through her church on a volunteer basis, but saw the need to grow her outreach throughout greater Richmond.
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Every breath matters

Support group helps lung disease patients
Thirteen years ago, Russell Glover couldn’t breathe. Out of nowhere, what felt like a punch to the stomach led him to the hospital. After a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), he was left with a life expectancy of three years.

“I wasn’t happy with that,” said Glover, then in his 50s and full of life. He learned that his lungs were scarring and thickening over time, making it hard to breathe. The term idiopathic means that the cause of the disease is unknown, and unfortunately there aren’t any cures, either.
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Graceful living

Care facility works with adults from 22 to 99
Bursts of laughter come from a typically quiet room at A Grace Place, an adult care center in Henrico. Inside, groups of players sit contentedly around tables, moving their oversized game pieces around and enjoying each other’s company. At the age of 99, Marie Bradley is the oldest person at the table, but that doesn’t stop her from playing another game of dominoes with her friends.

At A Grace Place, individuals like Marie can find personalized care, health management and just plain fun.
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Healing power

Organization assists those with brain injuries
Jeff Gordon proudly led a tour through the Community Brain Injury Services facility recently, pointing himself out in several framed photos on the wall in the foyer.

“This is a compilation of all our memories here,” said the survivor of brain injury who has benefitted from many of the services offered by the organization. Although many years have passed, he was eager to share how he was affected by brain injury at the age of 16 after wrestling with some friends.

“I come here to have a place to keep me out of trouble,” he joked. “It gives me a lot of new friends and gives us something to do with our time.”
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A place for single moms

Sophie House offers encouragement and more
Eight years ago, Kimberly Braine-Tillem packed all of her things into her car, traveled across the country with three children and a dog, and started a new life as a single mom of three in Richmond. During the trip, she empathized with women like herself who needed support as single parents.

“I was given a vision to create a place where single women could go for help, education and blessings,” she says.

While traveling for five days with a five, eight, and nine-year-old, she developed the full concept for a nonprofit that would provide supportive services for single women and their children—The Sophie House.
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Water that quenches more than just thirst

Organization seeks to assist charities through bottled water sales
At about the same time, Ollie Harvey’s sister was diagnosed with cancer while her grandson, Heaven, was diagnosed with autism. “I was really hurting in my heart,” Harvey said.

Then one day, Harvey came up with an idea to help out by selling bottled water through the Women of Richmond company that she founded. The Women of Richmond initiative is part of the non-profit organization Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E), also founded by Harvey 25 years ago. The main goal of H.O.P.E. is to help out needy families in the Richmond area with donations of food, clothing, money for rent and other necessities.
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Eastern Henrico FISH Provides Assistance

Eastern Henrico FISH depends on the help of local churches and charitable organizations to get members in the community back on their feet.

The non-profit serves Henrico residents east and south of Mechanicsville Turnpike including Highland Springs, Varina, and Sandston providing clothes, food, and financial assistance for people with short term emergencies.
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“Slice of the Villa” offers tours and a taste

St. Joseph's Villa will offer lunchtime tours of the campus and treat visitors to a slice of pizza on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 22 through Nov. 12. The pizza will be handmade by Villa students and the tour, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., will highlight work the Villa is doing in the community.

Guests are asked to RSVP five days in advance of the desired tour date (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 3, Nov. 5, or Nov. 12) to Courtney Elliott at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 200-1617.
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Daylor named LLS ‘Man of the Year’

Raising a record total amount of $95,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Virginia Chapter through the annual “Man & Woman of the Year” event, local Realtor John Daylor has won this year’s male title for the chapter.

Daylor was nominated for participation in the fundraising event by his friend Bill Torney, whose mother and brother had lymphoma.

“I kept thinking, I know a lot of people – I’ve been in the area for a long time– I’m just going to get on the phone and ask people,” John said.
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