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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

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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