About DePaul
About DePaul

About DePaul

Our vision: opening doors to hope and belonging.
Our values: fairness, integrity, respect, safety, and trust.

For 40 years, DePaul Community Resources has opened doors to hope and belonging for families and individuals across Central and Southwest Virginia.

We are not only a nonprofit human services organization—we are a social impact organization. Every day we work to change the world by improving the lives of children, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities. With more than 200 staff, a network of over 400 care providers, foster and adoptive parents, and a host of volunteers, advocates, and partners, it is work that we cannot accomplish alone. Hope and belonging is for all of us—with your help, we can make this vision a reality for countless Virginians who cannot imagine it today.

Our Leadership

DePaul exercises leadership at all levels of the organization. We have many teams working each day to make decisions that help us do our best work. Each team has its own unique purpose and brings a distinct value to our work. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, DePaul is led by a volunteer board of directors. The board is tasked with establishing the strategic direction for the organization to ensure DePaul is poised for a vital future in the decades ahead. The executive leadership team is responsible for ensuring organizational strategy, organizational health, and organizational structure. Under the direction of the president and CEO, the executive team provides direction, protection, and order for the organization and to ensure alignment of all departments as DePaul heads toward our north star of hope and belonging.

News & Events

Spotlight Stories

Fully on Board

Todd Selkirk, current board member and former employee of DePaul Community Resources, has a “why” that has been developing his whole life. Todd’s father grew up in an orphanage, and though he never spoke much about it to Todd, learning about his father’s experience affected him greatly. “My father’s forever family started when he married […]

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Answering the Call

When James and Charlotte McClaugherty decided to give back to the community by becoming foster parents in 1990, they could not have imagined that their mission would span across 28 years. After spending the first six years of their marriage without children, the couple adopted the oldest two of their three children from the foster […]

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Growing With Our Community

At the heart of DePaul Community Resources is the belief that new things are possible when you belong. In that spirit, DePaul opened a new OPTIONS (Opening People to Individual Opportunities in a Network of Support) Day Support Center at the main Roanoke office located on Hollins Road. Notably, the catalyst for the renovation was […]

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Navigating the Middle Ground

For 17-year-old Chelséa, living in a foster home with overbearing, albeit well-meaning, foster parents was extremely different than the arms-length parenting she was used to. When Chelséa turned 18, she left the foster care system and attempted to switch high schools and live on her own. Her caseworker stepped in when she saw Chelséa struggling […]

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Finding Their Own Way

When Liam came into the home of DePaul foster parents Sharon and Mitch Lawson, he no longer had legal ties to his biological parents and was available for adoption. After experiencing disappointment when family members did not adopt him, Liam was guarded when he entered the unfamiliar home of the Lawsons. Sharon and Mitch had […]

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Sponsored Residential Stories

Flourishing Independence

Francis was a happy, typically-developing baby until the age of 2 years old when she had a coma-inducing seizure that robbed her of her capability to walk and talk. When Francis came out of the coma, she began relearning everything she had lost but never regained her ability to speak. At age 7, Francis’ family […]

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