Two members from the Sunrise Rotary Club of Lexington visited the Boys Home campus on Friday, January 17. Club Director Susan Cross and Community Service Chairperson Monty Kennedy presented Executive Director Donnie Wheatley with a check. The Sunrise Rotary Club consist of members from the Lexington and Rockbridge County area.
On March 5, Mr. Wheatley traveled to Lexington to share the Boys Home story with their membership.
Thank you to Sunrise Rotary Club of Lexington, Susan and Monty, for your hospitality and financial support of Boys Home!
Boys Home of Virginia held a dedication ceremony on Monday, February 24th at 1:00 p.m. for their newly renovated gymnasium floor. We would like to thank the following donors for their generosity and support: Ingevity, the Titmus Foundation, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, Mr. Ralph Costen, Mr. Glen White and Ms. Michelle Cox. A sign to hang in the gymnasium was presented, along with signed team photographs for each donor. After the dedication ceremony, Rev. Anne Grizzle blessed the floor, and Mrs. Tammy Scruggs-Duncan, of the Alleghany Arts Council, sang the National Anthem. The ceremony was followed by our traditional basketball game of Boys Home Staff vs. the Boys Home Hilltoppers team. The Hilltoppers were victorious!
Boys Home Hilltoppers basketball team pictured with donors who made the gym floor renovation possible
Members from Grace Episcopal and First Baptist churches in Lexington, along with First Baptist Church in Natural Bridge traveled to Boys Home on Monday, January 27. They joined us for lunch, a tour, and participated in the chapel service. We were fortunate in having guest speaker Pastor McKinley Williams from First Baptist Lexington speak to students and staff during the service.
Parishioners from the New River Convocation of the Episcopal Church also visited Boys Home on Monday, February 10. They shared lunch with staff and students and participated in a tour and chapel service. They also brought the students Valentine candy and handed it out at the conclusion of their visit.
Boys Home has a long history of strong relationships with local churches, and we continue to be grateful for their continuous support!
Friends from Grace Episcopal and First Baptist Churches in Lexington and First Baptist Church in Natural Bridge pose for a picture
Friends from the New River Convocation of the Episcopal Church after the chapel service
Students collecting Valentine candy generously donated by the New River Convocation
Boys Home of Virginia has hired Ryan Kern as a houseparent.
Ryan grew up in Clifton Forge, VA and graduated from PennFoster High School online. He worked for Total Action for Progress (TAP) for three years as Mentor and Program Coordinator.
Ryan came to Boys Home because he has such a passion for working with youth. He felt like Boys Home was a perfect fit for him. Ryan states, “Boys Home is so welcoming. I enjoy spending time with the young men on campus and learning what their goals and ambitions are.” It is clear Ryan Kern has a natural gift in connecting with the students and Boys Home welcomes him to the staff.