• By Lauren Hanna
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Jennifer Holestin Recognized for 25 Years of Service to Boys Home


Jennifer Holestin receives recognition for 25 years of service to Boys Home of Virginia. Jennifer has held other positions at Boys Home throughout her time but now works in the business office as accounts payable clerk. When asked about Jennifer as an employee, Director of Support Services Bobby Trice says, “Jennifer has dedicated 25 years of her life to the mission of Boys Home and the young men we serve. She is meticulous in her duties and is always willing to help a student or fellow coworker. It takes an element of sacrifice and a true belief in the work you do to stay with an organization that long. I’m extremely proud of her and the work she does. Jennifer has been a part of the Boys Home family for a long time, and I look forward to working with her for years to come.” Jennifer says the favorite aspect of her job are the people she gets to work with each day. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Director of Support Services Bobby Trice presents Jennifer with 25 year certificate

  • By Lauren Hanna
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Boys Home Board of Trustee Member Jim Scott Writes Article for Service Electric Company’s Monthly Newsletter


The Old Rugged Cross

Service Electric Company Donates old American Electric Power’s Power Poles

Good news is something that we all need more of and this sweet story is from Jim Scott who helps Service Electric Company give back to the community.

Boys Home of Virginia houses and educates nearly 60 at-risk boys, ages 6-18, who are impacted poverty or family instability. Boys Home was founded in 1906 and continues to teach boys how to become successful men.

All successful men were once boys. But not all boys become successful men. Sometimes, they’re missing positive role models or a supportive quality of life. We provide both—and successful men are the result. Men who will take care of their families. Men who will contribute their gifts. Men who will be role models for the next generation of men. At Boys Home of Virginia, we show our boys that each day is a step toward that success.

When students come to “the Hill” they have often faced challenges like poverty, failure, or an unstable home life. Given that, many have questions, fears, and reservations. Faith has been part of the Boy’s Home mission since its founding. After all, it takes faith to welcome a boy confidently, and to offer him a better way of life. With their on-campus chapel and chaplain, students have time to develop a unique understanding of their relationship with God.

This heritage is a fundamental part of the Boys Home experience. By showing young men a life model of ethical, caring people with a spiritual mission, Boys Home offers them the chance to gain the wisdom that flows from a spiritual foundation.

Jim Scott saw the chance for Service Electric Company to offer something to Boys Home of Virginia that would really make a difference. Jim contacted Boys Home and offered to donate some old AEP wooden power poles in hopes that they could use them to make crosses for their Mountain Lodge on the mountain behind the Boys Home campus in Covington, Virginia.

Boys Home was as excited to get the poles as Jim was to be able to give them. The first AEP poles were used to make the first cross and stone prayer bench that was completed by hand by Mr. Louis Sarratt, a retired Navy Sea Bee, who is a Boys Home staff member. The material for the cross came from a couple of the old AEP power poles that SEC donated last fall. The stone came right from their mountain. Another cross was made from those old AEP wooden power poles to celebrate the eternal “Good News” of Easter. The entire staff and 61 students had a Sunrise Service and breakfast on Easter morning at the “Old Rugged Cross” on the mountain top above their campus.

Dr. Donnie Wheatley, Executive Director of Boys Home, sent his heartfelt thanks for the donation of the old wooden power poles that AEP would have otherwise thrown away. Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

 To God be the glory,

Jim Scott

  • By Elaine Brelsford
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Announcing the Boys Home Trail Ride and Poker Run!

“Lick” the mountain!

Join us for Boys Home of Virginia’s inaugural weekend trail ride and poker run! The weekend will take place on our beautiful 1000+ acre campus, and will feature creek-side camping, self-guided trail rides on Lick Mountain, a poker run, and live music by the campfire, featuring the Garnet Ridge Ramblers.

Proceeds will go toward the Boys Home Sturdy Stirrups equine program, where boys learn respect, responsibility, and honesty through caring for and interacting with horses. 

The trail ride and poker run will take place on the weekend of October 13-14, 2018. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the poker run at 10:00. All participants are asked to check out no later that 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The event will provide snacks, a boxed lunch, dinner and music by the campfire on Saturday, and a continental breakfast on Sunday. Overnight accommodations include primitive creek-side camping, with restrooms and showers available up in the gym.

*Please note, this is a challenging ride, and horses should have horseshoes. An up-to-date Coggins is required for all horses.

For questions, please contact Bonnie Wheatley at (540) 965-7720.

Registration Options:

  1. Register online here. (Credit card fees apply)
  2. Download registration forms here, complete and return with a check to: Boys Home of Virginia, 414 Boys Home Rd., Covington, VA, 24426.
  3. Download registration forms here, complete and bring with your payment (cash, check, or credit card) on the day of the ride!
  • By Elaine Brelsford
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Boys Home Howl-O-Ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run!












Wear your favorite Halloween costume and don’t be scared! 

Boys Home of Virginia is hosting the Howl-O-Ween Hustle 5K and Kids Fun Run! We invite you to join us for this family-friendly trail race in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands. Families, runners, kids, and pets can participate in a 5K walk/run, a 1K fun run, costume contests, face painting, games, and more. The event will start and finish at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail, in Covington, VA. 

Come enjoy the fall scenery on the Jackson River Scenic Trail! Then, don’t miss the Clifton Forge Fall Foliage Festival going on in neighboring Clifton Forge!

Race Day Schedule:

  • Packet pickup and race-day registration: 8:00 a.m.

  • Fun Run: 9:30 a.m.

  • 5K: 10:00 a.m.

  • Awards: 11:00 a.m.

This event will be chip timed, USA Track and Field sanctioned, and take place on a certified 5K course. Top 3 finishers in each category will receive a collectible pint glass! (Top 3 male and female overall, top 3 male and female by age groups [14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+]) All children (14 and under) participating in the Kids Fun Run will receive a participation medal, and all registrants will receive a race T-shirt.

Registration options:

Early-Bird discount (ends 8/31): Individual Registration = $25, Family Registration (1-2 adults plus children) = $40

Standard (9/1 – 10/20): Individual Registration = $30, Family Registration (1-2 adults plus children) = $50

Virtual Registration = $30

Can’t make the event? Not quite up for a run or walk? Join us from a distance with our Virtual 5K option! You can run, jog, walk, or even choose to complete the race “virtually” – from the comfort of your own living room! Once you submit your registration, your shirt will be ready for pick-up or shipping, and you can display it proudly on October 20th!

Register here, or call Colleen at (540) 965-7703.


*family-friendly*    *pets welcome*    *costume contests*    *certified 5K course*    *USA Track and Field sanctioned*    *trail race*

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