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On the Road to Recovery

McShin Foundation Helps Addicts
McShin Foundation Founder and President John Shinholser (second from right) poses with some of the program’s volunteers and participants.
The McShin Foundation helps families and individuals in recovery and in turn needs the help of the community to make that possible during the holiday season.

“When you help us, you help everyone,” said John Shinholser, president of the McShin Foundation. Since 2004, the organization has provided treatment, counseling, and other services for individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders.

McShin is considered a recovery community organization (RCO). Officials take pride in the foundation's methods of “peer to peer recovery support services," in which it employs recovering addicts and alcoholics to educate and mentor other individuals who are currently struggling or just entering recovery.

“It’s recovering people trying to help other people who are recovering,” Shinholser said. The organization holds about 1,500 support group meetings a year in the basement of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside and helps more than 600 families and individuals each week.

In addition to 12-step meetings, McShin offers individual and group counseling seven days a week; helps with employment through job placement services; connects those who need medical and social services; and provides four recovery houses, which offer 35 beds for individuals in need of a place to stay.

“You walk into our organization, and you get help right away,” Shinholser said.  

The organization operates mostly through the assistance of donations, except for a fee it charges for its recovery houses program to pay for expenses. McShin hosts silent auctions, golf tournaments and an annual holiday party to raise funds to keep the organization running.

This year’s sixth annual McShin Foundation holiday party, held Dec. 6, featured speaker Tom Silvestri, publisher of the Richmond Times Dispatch, and a silent auction. Tickets were $10, and proceeds went toward one auction item per person.

In addition to fundraisers, McShin also accepts donations to help recovering individuals in the program. More than half of the people entering the program come in with nothing, according to Shinholser.

“We always need blankets, pillows, furniture – any household items would be helpful,” Shinholser said.

Items can be dropped off at the church at 2300 Dumbarton Road.

Volunteers at McShin mostly consist of those who have gone through the program or have recently gone through recovery to help individuals who are just entering sobriety.

To make a donation or for details, mcshinfoundation.org.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tim Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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