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Alumnus Derrick Cash Shares Testimony at John C. Myers Elementary School in Broadway, Virginia

 

Derrick and his son who prayed prior to his father speaking (above)
Tim Martin, Pastor, Truth and Grace Ministries, Broadway, VA, and Derrick Cash (left/right)                                                                                    

 

Derrick Cash, former Boys Home resident, spoke to a packed-out hall at John C. Myers Elementary School in Broadway, VA, on April 2, 2023. Cash, formerly of Buena Vista, talked about his childhood, addictions, and actions that led to his imprisonment as a young man. Moreover, he talked about his efforts to know God and how his life has been changed by God’s redemptive work in his life. Derrick is now a married man, father, and friend to those who are struggling. While he was a resident, the Boys Home program helped instill the value of a Godly life in Derrick. He is now living that out through loving God with all his heart and mind, loving and serving others, modeling kindness and compassion and encouraging others. His message is sincere, and Boys Home stands with Derrick in support of his decisions to follow Christ and help others as he has received help. 

  • By Laura Robertson
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Boys Home of Virginia to host Spring Open House on April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Boys Home of Virginia is excited to announce their annual spring open house on Thursday, April 27. Guests are invited to meet the staff and students, enjoy a wonderful lunch, and learn more about what Boys Home has to offer.

Registration, refreshments, and special classroom presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Costan gymnasium. To attend the open house, please RSVP to Melinda at mnichols@boyshomeofva.org or call 540-965-7707 by Monday, April 24.

  • By Laura Robertson
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Boys Home Welcomes Staff Member Tom Dixon

Boys Home of Virginia is excited to welcome Tom Dixon as a houseparent and writing instructor. Originally from Chatham, Virginia, Tom has enjoyed his new life in Covington. After earning an undergraduate degree in English from Longwood University, Tom worked as a news reporter for a short period of time at the Star Tribune. Following that position, he became a youth minister at an Episcopal church in Farmville, Virginia. Tom stated, “Since starting at Boys Home, I feel like I’m back to my roots. I like the established schedule for students. I had a similar schedule when I attended Episcopal High School in northern Virginia.”

Tom was asked about his biggest takeaways from both positions. He stated, “As a houseparent, I have learned when to use certain rules and the importance of meeting the students where they are when they first arrive at Boys Home. I find it very rewarding to see them progress through the intake and evaluation program and succeed on ‘the hill.’ I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the teaching side of English. I see students have those connections moments and it gets me excited. I also stress the importance of effective writing skills that can be used throughout life.” During his time off Tom enjoys taking a walk in nature, seeing a movie, trivia night and trying great restaurants in the surrounding areas. At the conclusion of the interview, Tom stated, “I am happy about the opportunity. As I help these students develop, I find that I am growing and learning as well. I hope to be a positive role model and impact the students to positively impact those around them.”

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Boys Home Seeks Product Codes from Coca-Cola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Home is seeking donations of product codes to submit to Coca-Cola’s online giving program, Coke Give. The program allows consumers to raise money for their favorite school or charity by submitting product codes from previously purchased products. Codes are submitted online or via an app and Coca-Cola sends a donation directly to the chosen organization. Coke Give will phase out on June 30. Last year, it contributed to almost $800 in donations to Boys Home.

Donations from Coke Give support the daily needs of students enrolled at Boys Home. This includes, but is not limited to housing, dietary, educational, and personal care needs. If you or anyone you know enjoys Coke products, please send or drop off your bottle lids to Boys Home at 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, VA, 24426. Codes can also be found on the inside of product boxes such as fridge packs. Donations are being accepted now through June 1 to allow for adequate processing time of product codes. If you would like to submit the codes yourself, please visit https://us.coca-cola.com/give and select Boys Home School.

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Rick Hutson Celebrates 5 Year Work Anniversary at Boys Home

Director of Facilities Jason Bush and Tree Farm Manager Rick Hutson (left/right)

Boys Home staff and students are excited to announce Rick Hutson’s five-year work anniversary. He serves as the tree farm manager at the Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm. Originally from Chesapeake, Virginia, Rick’s initial connection to Boys Home was through a good friend and alumnus Rick Turner. Prior to his current role, Rick owned a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) business. Boys Home is fortunate to have his assistance on the tree farm and on campus with maintenance needs. The Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm was acquired through a bequest from Joanne Tannehill. She wanted her seventy-acre Augusta County tree farm to be used as a teaching and learning experience for the students. The sales at the tree farm directly benefit Boys Home, which is 98% privately funded.

Rick states, “I love the tranquility of being on the tree farm. It is very peaceful, and the scenery is beautiful. The students enjoy visiting as well. They can hike and fish in the two ponds on the property. They also enjoy the farm animals which include four goats, three pigs and Wilbur the donkey. I have enjoyed the relationships developed with the students who return throughout the year. For many of the students, being on a farm is an incredible new experience. The task of maintaining the tree farm is year-round. In the spring of 2023, we will plant 600 new seedlings. It has taken me a while to figure out a system that works with the soil to yield the best results. I finally feel like I have it figured out after many years of trial and error.” The Boys Home Christmas Tree Farm helps support the mission by serving as a place where students can grow mentally, physically and socially. Congratulations, Rick!