Boys Home of Virginia is sad to announce the death of Mr. Carl Blacke. He served at Boys Home for over 15 years in various capacities and was most recently a houseparent. The entire Boys Home community will miss the kindnesses that he extended to both students and staff.
The funeral will be Saturday, March 9 at Glasgow Baptist Church, 805 10th Street Glasgow, VA at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be 12-1 prior to funeral. Reception will take place at Community Center about a mile from the church.
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!
Your donation helps provide education, housing, and basic living expenses for young men whose lives have been negatively impacted by poverty or family instability. Together, we can give each boy at Boys Home a second chance at success! Please help us reach our goal of $5,000.
On May 7, 2019, Boys Home will raffle off a beautiful quilt, done in various blue and turquoise pieces in a modified Around the World pattern. The quilt measures 90.5″ x 99,” and it will fit a queen sized bed. Executive Director Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for this year’s raffle.
Tickets are $5 each, or 10 for $45. To purchase, fill out the ticket below and send it in with your donation! To purchase via credit card, please call (540) 965-7703. Or, purchase tickets online here.
Boys Home of Virginia is excited to welcome Patty Anderson to the teaching staff. Patty graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Education degree. After college, she taught in York County for 10 years. Patty then transferred to Alleghany County where she taught for 22 more years. Boys Home principal Teresa Johnson recently asked Patty if she would be interested in tutoring some of the students. Patty agreed and quickly fell in love with the students at Boys Home. She says she feels this is her calling, and she finds it is very rewarding. Patty says her favorite thing about Boys Home so far is that she believes she can truly teach the students and take her time in doing so. If they don’t understand something, she can stop and help. Patty hopes to make a difference in the students’ lives by helping them learn and encouraging them to feel good about themselves while they learn!
Another addition to the Boys Home staff this year is Jason Bush. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. After college, Jason worked for a structural engineering firm, but he recently decided to change his career path. This summer, on a mission trip to Uganda with Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, Jason met three Boys Home students and two staff members. They told him about Boys Home and he was quickly intrigued. After the trip, he visited Boys Home and was soon eager to begin work on campus. Jason is currently working as a houseparent and soccer coach. He says his favorite thing about Boys Home is the sense of community. Jason looks forward to seeing the students grow in character and become men of faith.
Lastly, Boys Home is thankful for new staff member Jacy Burdette. Jacy recently graduated from UVA Wise with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a concentration in directing. Jacy has been hired to teach language arts, theatre, and drivers’ education. She says she truly feels that Boys Home is where she should be. Jacy grew up in Alleghany County, and she remembers visiting the Boys Home campus to attend YMCA programs and to participate in the Boys Home fishing days. So far, Jacy’s favorite aspects of working at Boys Home are witnessing the potential of each student and being able to offer them a chance to try something new. Jacy feels she can really make a great impact at Boys Home and she looks forward to planting seeds and seeing the wonderful outcomes.