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Villa’s programs assist thousands


Isaac had had difficulty controlling his anger ever since he was in kindergarten. When classroom outbursts, school suspensions and hospital visits became routine, his mother, Lachelle, had no choice but to stop working and care for him full time.

Isaac’s aggression came from a diagnosed mental illness. Lachelle had worked for years in the medical field as a triage nurse, but had no idea of where to turn to get her son the treatment he needed. Henrico County Mental Health and Developmental Services then referred Isaac to the Therapeutic Day Treatment program at St. Joseph’s Villa.

After about a year in the program, Lachelle saw a huge turnaround in Isaac’s behavior.

Safe Harbor names new director

Safe Harbor has named Cathy Easter as its new executive director.

Easter will lead the Henrico organization's sexual and domestic violence prevention work throughout the Metro Richmond community. She was selected by the Board of Directors' Executive Search Committee to replace Kathleen Demro, who served as the Safe Harbor’s executive director for five years.

Board President Mary Catharine Ginn Kolbert said she is excited to have Easter as the next leader of Safe Harbor.

Eastern Henrico FISH continues legacy of assistance


In 1971, Eastern Henrico FISH Inc. was established with one mission in mind: to streamline the delivery of emergency services by providing financial assistance, food, clothing, information and referral to residents of Eastern Henrico County thereby reducing an immediate threat of homelessness.

“We look to help families that have encountered something – a lay-off or loss of a spouse, financial obstacles that have caused them to fall behind or that are challenging to them,” explained Vickie Martin, director of the 501(c)3 organization since 2007.

The primary purpose of FISH is to assist people who have short-term emergencies that require immediate attention.

‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ raises more than $340,000


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 18 in Innsbrook raised more than $340,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research. More than 1,600 participants took part in the event.

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s was one of four Walks for the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond held since Sept. 20; combined, the four raised more than $530,000.

Susan Hudson, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond’s 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Chair, has been a Walk participant for eleven years.

Humane Society’s Pet Expo nears


When the Henrico Humane Society was formed 20 years ago by a group of individuals concerned about animal welfare, its aim was to address the large number of homeless animals in the greater Richmond area.

Still run entirely by volunteers today, the HHS (a nonprofit organization) has matched thousands of animals with new owners since its inception – including more than 700 at its annual Pet Expo last year – saving the lives of pets and bringing new family members to homes in Henrico.

“We had a really successful year last year and placed a lot of animals into forever homes,” said Kathy Hieber, a Henrico Humane Society board member and volunteer manager who also serves on the event committee.

MADD dinner honors law enforcement officers


Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) honored 35 active and retired law enforcement officers Sept. 29 at a regional law enforcement awards dinner, held at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump. The officers, who hailed from localities ranging from Ashland to Emporia, were recognized for their efforts to reduce the incidence of drunk driving, both through prevention programs with youth and enforcement of laws related to impaired driving.

Lantz honored by Down Syndrome Association

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond recently honored Henrico resident Cynthia Lantz as DSAGR Volunteer of the Year.

Lantz has spent the past 25 years advocating for individuals with disabilities and helping families to navigate the disability maze. In addition to working as a parent advocate for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, she has served on the Henrico County Special Education Advisory Council, attended IEP meeting with parents, and assisted with the resource fair and “Life in the Community Conference.” She also helps with the annual education conference, auction, Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival.

Coal Pit Learning Center director named ‘Richmond History Maker’

The Valentine Museum and its partners will pay tribute to Dorothy S. Gallimore, director of the Coal Pit Learning Center in Glen Allen, at the 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Awards Reception Oct. 21.

"Miss Dorothy" was named one of five recipients of this year's History Makers award, which honors citizens and organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. Other honorees who will be celebrated at the event include Clovia Lawrence, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II.

Gallimore will be honored in the "Creating Quality Educational Opportunities" category for her success in transforming the abandoned Coal Pit School, once used to educate the families of African Americans working in the coal mines, into a preschool for children from low-income backgrounds.

Robins Foundation offers $500k nonprofit grant to address regional needs

The Robins Foundation this week announced a $500,000 grant opportunity that challenges Richmond-area nonprofit organizations to devise creative and collaborative solutions to the region’s most confounding issues. Foundation officials are encouraging organizations to think big when applying for the grant.

The inaugural Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant, to be awarded annually, will fund one proposal that “celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond,” according to foundation officials. The award of up to a half-million dollars is designed to support a project that addresses an unmet community need or issue in emerging neighborhoods.

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