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Stories of Hope

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Building A Support System

Jason and Janice Annis knew they wanted to foster-to-adopt, so when they received a call about three brothers between the ages of 4 and 10, they were ready to open their home—and opening their home meant a new set of challenges. “Everyone wants adoption to be a Hallmark movie.” Janice said, “They don’t understand that […]

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Christiansburg Adoption Training

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DePaul Day at the Taubman Museum

On Saturday, April 1st, children and families served by DePaul were invited to a free day of art and fun at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Va. The full-day experience, sponsored by the For Alison Foundation and the Civitan, allowed participants to access Art Venture, take tours of the exhibits, and engage in a hands-on art […]

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Amelia Spring Carnival 2017

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Leading With Perspective

Greg Withers was called to the work of DePaul when he shed the titles of baseball, basketball, and soccer coach to his two sons and was approached about joining then DePaul board. Withers was immediately intrigued by the offer and quickly aligned himself with the mission and vision of DePaul. Over the eight years Withers […]

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Finding His Voice

When Steven was 14, he was placed with a foster home and began the Treatment Foster Care program with DePaul. After many happy years together, his loving foster family found themselves unable to meet Steven’s needs and Steven, now in his forties, relied on DePaul to find a new place to call home. A longtime […]

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Holly’s Journey: From Foster Care to Sponsored Residential

After a childhood spent at a training center, Holly’s journey with DePaul Community Resources began when she was placed in the Treatment Foster Care program at the age of 14. When she aged out of the foster care system, Holly transitioned to the Sponsored Residential program. What Holly didn’t know was that after years of […]

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DePaul Community Resources Opens New Office In Big Stone Gap, Virginia

At the heart of DePaul Community Resources is the belief that new things are possible when you belong. In that spirit, DePaul secured a local office space in the town of Big Stone Gap in November 2016 to offer support to children and families in Scott, Wise, Lee, and Dickenson counties. This new office provides foster […]

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Renee Brown, Child and Family Professional, Joins DePaul Community Resources as Vice President

DePaul Community Resources welcomes Renee Brown as Vice President of Child and Family Services. Renee’s responsibilities will include oversight of the division, strategic leadership for our existing programs, and business development opportunities. She will also have direct oversight of the Child and Family Services Leadership Team.Renee is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has worked […]

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Michael Norton Named Chief Financial Officer at DePaul Community Resources

DePaul Community Resources announces that Michael Norton joined the executive team on December 1st as DePaul’s Chief Financial Officer; Mike will supply our entire organization with forward-looking, strategic leadership and will oversee our financial affairs. He will entrust the day-to-day accounting operations to our Director of Finance, Jennifer Smythers, and her capable team while he […]

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New Director of Day Support Services

DePaul Community Resources is pleased to announce Pamela Ringley as the organization’s new Director of Day Support Services. A valued member of the DePaul team since 1999, Ringley has served the organization’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) division in a number of capacities, most recently as Day Support Coordinator for DePaul’s OPTIONS day support center in Roanoke. […]

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14th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon

October marks one of DePaul’s Favorite Traditions—the Annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon. The 14th annual luncheon was the most successful Women of Achievement event to date. The awards honor leadership, volunteerism, dedication, and compassion—values shared with and upheld by DePaul—and pay homage to the countless ways in which women make a difference in their […]

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Approved Families

Redefining Family

For a decade, Terry and Barbara Falwell have opened their home to many individuals with developmental disabilities, but they have formed a special bond with Joey, the latest member of their family. After working with other agencies, the Falwells came to DePaul and were approved as sponsored residential care providers in September 2012. “We felt […]

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Lewis And The Robertsons: Living The Life He Loves

If you ask someone about Lewis, chances are good that they’ll smile. His positivity is infectious; when they talk about Lewis, there will be a laugh or two lying in wait, a full-bodied joy that you can’t help but feel. It’s the feeling of true belonging, the feeling of home. The Robertsons—Patty and Tim—knew Lewis […]

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Home Sweet Harvard Home

From the outside, DePaul’s Harvard Home appears to be a comfortable, inviting group home to five women with varying developmental or intellectual disabilities. In reality, it is all of that and much more because inside its walls, a tight-knit family of residents and staff lives there. Harvard Home originally opened in Waynesboro in April 2006, […]

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Engaging Families: Community-Based Services’ Parent Engagement Team

When children and families find themselves at a crossroads where therapeutic services are necessary to heal and move forward as a family unit, DePaul’s Community-Based Services program is there to guide the way. Evidence has shown that children and families who receive services while maintaining connections to community supports—such as family members, friends, schools, and […]

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The Spirit Of Amelia

Just like the individuals we serve, every DePaul Community Resources location has its own challenges and opportunities—and for the dedicated staff of our Amelia office, that means time, distance, and so much more. Our Amelia office began, like all good DePaul stories, with a home. Specifically, the home of Peggy Ball, a longtime DePaul employee […]

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DePaul Community Resources Receives Largest Single Gift in Organization’s History

As part of a master partnership agreement, DePaul Community Resources received a $25,000 gift from Carilion Clinic—the largest single donation ever made to the organization in its 38-year history. In addition to supporting DePaul’s mission of hope and belonging for individuals with unique challenges, the gift will be used to underwrite expenses for DePaul events […]

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Building Relationships

For Sheila Walker, working in the human services field was not simply a career choice—rather, this line of work chose her. After serving in a few unfulfilling teaching roles, Sheila followed her instinct to work with children and accepted an opportunity to work in residential treatment. Later, in 2006, Sheila joined the DePaul team and […]

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Supporting A Mission Of Hope

With 50 years of experience in social services, to say Betty Etzler is an expert in the field is an understatement. Beginning her career as a social worker in 1964 prior to the establishment of protective services, Betty was well aware of the dire situations of abused and neglected children as well as the shortage […]

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Empowering Families

In her role as a children’s services coordinator for Campbell County, Summer Tetterton is at the root of strengthening families in her community. In collaboration with the area’s Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT), Summer organizes a group of professionals to recommend services to children and families in adverse situations. Since entering the position four […]

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Extending A Helping Hand

Gordon Ewald’s call to join DePaul came in the form of a persistent neighbor who urged him to consider volunteering with the organization. Already active in the community, Gordon—a Roanoke native and former family business owner—served on numerous boards in the area, but in 2007, he decided to meet with DePaul’s executive director and take […]

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Welcoming New Possibilities

When Bertha and Mark Hoover first contacted DePaul to become foster parents,they could not have anticipated how much their family, their home, and their hearts would expand as a result. One of their first placements was a little boy they fell in love with and a year later, they adopted him into their family. When […]

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Looking Forward To Tomorrow

When Beth was diagnosed as developmentally disabled at age 2, her mother, Katherine, provided her with the compassionate care needed for Beth to grow into a kind, loving individual who could function well despite her unique challenges. Now as an adult, Beth’s sister, Melissa, has picked up the torch to advocate for Beth, who also […]

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There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Countless singers have said these words, originally made famous by the great Perry Como, and while the song may have only been penned in 1954, it expresses a sentiment much, much older. There is no place like home for the holidays—a feeling men, women, and children have […]

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Coming Home: Services for Reuniting and Strengthening Families

When a child is placed in foster care, a family is created. When that same child finds their forever home through adoption, a family is created. Creating families is at the heart of our work at DePaul. We work to strengthen and reunite existing families. The children and young people that we serve often enter […]

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