Stories

Putting faces on the work we do

The long history of Boys Home is rich with stories of boys who found themselves here, and went on to live productive, successful, happy lives. We’re proud of that tradition, and here we’ll share some of what our students and alumni have to say about their experience. And we’ll also tell you more about the values young men learn here along the way.

This is a story about a boy named Donald

Donald arrived at Boys Home at a young age. Withdrawn and quiet, Donald found a place where he would be safe and nurtured. Originally from the Richmond area, Donald liked the Alleghany Highlands and flourished in the residential environment.

Donald particularly liked sports, art and scouts. He excelled in basketball and played on area  recreation and school teams. He became a Life Scout prior to his graduation and attended Bluefield College. After receiving a degree in Criminal Justice, Donald worked in regional juvenile detention centers.

Currently, Donald is a valued Boys Home staff member and house parent in the older boys’ cottage. His calm demeanor and I’ve-been-there-you-can-do-it approach helps young men in his charge find their own way to set goals and excel.

Donald is married and has 1 son and 2 step children.

This is the story about a boy named Ermias

Ermias is an 18-year-old from Maryland. He originally came to this country through an international adoption. His adoptive family sought the services of Boys Home after Ermias had issues with his current family situation.

Ermias was a student for 3 years and was selected as president of the Boys Home Resident Council. He initially was enrolled in the Boys Home School for remediation and then attended the local high school. He graduated in 2013.

Ermias has many interests and talents, particularly art, music and video. His artwork was selected for the 2011 Boys Home Christmas card and he has received recognition in local art contests. Ermias is interested in a possible vocation in music production through his future plans are sketchy.