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Montessori ‘PUP rally’ to support Richmond Animal League


Students at Richmond Montessori School will host a “PUP rally” Friday, Dec. 11 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete their weeklong community service project in support of the Richmond Animal League, a nonprofit organization that saves lives and provides help and homes to animals in need.

For the second year in a row, students in grades 4-8 will show their support for Richmond Animal League by wearing animal costumes with posters, pom-poms and cheers as parents drive through the carpool line.

Jacob’s Chance hosts homecoming dance


Jacob’s Chance hosted its second annual homecoming dance at the Glen Allen Community Center Nov. 14. More than 60 people attended the Mardi Gras-themed event.

The annual dance is one of many events sponsored by Jacob’s Chance, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities for youth and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

SJV wins statewide housing award


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that St. Joseph's Villa is one of five winners of the 2015 Virginia Housing Awards, given to organizations and government entities throughout the Commonwealth to recognize extraordinary efforts to address affordable housing challenges in Virginia.

St. Joseph’s Villa won the Best Housing Program or Service Award for its Flagler Rapid Re-housing Services.

“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.

‘World’s Largest Truck Convoy’ to travel through Henrico Saturday


The Virginia State Police will participate in the fifth-annual "World’s Largest Truck Convoy" for Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 10. The convoy will start at 10 a.m. from Meadow Event Park in Doswell and end at 11:30 a.m. back at the park.

Motorists are advised to expect delays from the Meadow Event Park along Route 30 to Interstate 95 southbound between Doswell and Exit 84B, and along Interstate 295 northbound to Interstate 64 eastbound to Bryan Park and Interstate 95 northbound, ending at the Meadow Event Park.

Proving someone cares


When C.A.R.E Inc was founded last November, it was the goal of Executive Director Amy DeJongh to address the issues of child sexual abuse in the community – a topic that she believed was under - addressed in part because of a lack of available resources. There are currently no centers dedicated to child sexual abuse in the area.

“There are services for children, but they are offered through centers that also treat and handle other issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and some of the centers have a minimum age requirement, such as the child must be 12 before they can be treated,” said DeJongh. “The main goal of C.A.R.E Inc is to focus only on the issue of child sexual abuse and effects the abuse can have on the child and the child’s non-offending parent and family.”

Canine CARE-givers


When Vicki Powell of Sandston lost her 22-year-old son, Jamie, in 2011, she made it her goal to carry on his work through Capital Area Rescue Effort, a volunteer based non-profit dog rescue that has doubled the number of dogs adopted over the past two years.

“When he passed away, we wanted something that would carry on his dream and his passions,” said Powell. “Jamie always liked dogs that had special needs and had started rescuing dogs. We wanted people to remember him for the good things he did, and this was the perfect way to do so.”

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.

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