Six students from Boys Home opened up the Friday evening Eucharist of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia’s Convention on January 25, 2019. They sang “This Joy That I Have the World Didn’t Give It To Me” while playing the drums. After singing the song through twice, they invited everyone to sing along. The audience rose to their feet and began clapping and singing along. The students practiced hard in order to be able to offer this opening song. Great job to Christian, Alvin, Ben, Jason, Khean, and Phillip! The students were surprised and delighted with Bishop Michael Curry came over to greet them personally, offering a hug and bishop’s pin. Bishop Curry also signed books that were given to each of these students at the chapel service at Boys Home the following week.
All of the students from Boys Home went to Roanoke for the Episcopal Revival on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Berglund Performing Arts Center. The musical group Live Hymnal offered inspiring music and Bishop Curry gave a lively sermon about following Jesus’ way of love. Afterwards, the students at Boys Home stopped by St. James Episcopal Church in Roanoke for a Sunday dinner prepared by Gary Price from Boys Home. The fellowship from St. James parishioners and the Sudanese community made for a festive and fun conclusion to a very memorable outing!
On April 13, 2019, Boys Home of Virginia is hosting a new fundraising event, the Build-A-Better-Birdhouse Competition. The event will take place at Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. With 90 minutes on the clock, teams will race to construct and decorate the best birdhouses! Prizes will be awarded for best construction, best decoration, most original, and more. Teams are invited (but not required) to bring their own tools and decorations; Boys Home will provide safety equipment, materials to build a basic birdhouse, hand tools, a blueprint, and technical help if necessary.
The public is invited to attend. To register, call Colleen at (540) 965-7703, print and send in a registration form, or register online. Cost is $25 per team; a team consists of one or more people who work on the same birdhouse.
All proceeds go toward supporting the students and programs at Boys Home of Virginia. So gather up your team – family, friends, coworkers, etc., and come show off your construction skills and creativity!
You’ve heard of Black Friday, and possibly Cyber Monday. But have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday provides a platform that inspires the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges. Giving Tuesday engages nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, corporations, families, and individuals to start the holiday season in the spirit of generosity. In its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is popular and growing in more than 150 countries.
Our community is invited to start the holiday season off right by giving to Boys Home! All Giving Tuesday donations will support our Accelerated Reading program, which encourages students to read using individualized goals, reading comprehension quizzes, and a variety of prizes. This year, the Accelerated Reading program has been expanded to include all Boys Home students.
On November 26th and 27th, Boys Home is celebrating Giving Tuesday in a special way! Students and staff will kick off the holiday season with two days of emphasis on kindness and generosity. You are invited to join us by sharing how you are spreading kindness and generosity in your own lives.
For more details, take a look at our Facebook page on 11/26 and 11/27.
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” (Aesop)
Back in January, our guys had the privilege of visiting the Country Club of Virginia and touring their culinary facilities, arranged by Boys Home Board Member Mr. Len Slater. The boys spent the day at the Country Club of Virginia, eating lunch and learning about career paths in culinary arts.
The Country Club of Virginia wrote a great article about the visit. You can find the article by CLICKING HERE.