Compassionate Caregivers in Amelia Service Area
Compassionate Caregivers in Amelia Service Area

Compassionate Caregivers in Amelia Service Area

Meet Our Compassionate Caregivers!

Name: Eric and Valerie Bias

Location: South Chesterfield, VA

Staff Contact Information: Sonya Washington at swashington@depaulcr.org

Details: Eric and Valerie have a close-knit family, including church family, which offer natural supports. The providers offer a warm and friendly home, and they have a passion for helping, engaging, and advocating for others. They are ready and willing to learn new things and accommodate preferences and needs.

The Bias’ live in a tri-level home with a bedroom upstairs and a shared bathroom. They currently provide support to another individual in the home. The family has two very friendly cats named Pepsi and Peanut. They enjoy decorating, celebrating holidays, birthdays, and doing arts and crafts projects. Eric and Valerie, along with the individual they support, enjoy being active in the community. They live in a rural area with lots of outdoor space and common space for activities in the home. Community options for restaurants, shopping, and medical providers are nearby.

Eric and Valerie have been approved as providers and serving an individual through DePaul Community Resources since 2013. In 2020 they made the decision as a family to have their home approved for a second bed, so that they can serve another individual that would enjoy the laidback lifestyle of rural Chesterfield.  They have experience with various mental health and ID/DD diagnosis.

Name: Barbara and Willie Stith

Location: Dinwiddie, VA

Staff Contact Information: Sonya Washington at swashington@depaulcr.org

Details: Barbara and Willie are energetic, outgoing, compassionate, and love spending time with family and friends. They are a warm, loving family that is eager to accommodate the needs of others. They love to see people thrive and reach their desired goals.

The Stith’s live in the rural small town of Dinwiddie. Their home has two beds available with a convenient full bath, as well as the kitchen and common area on the same level. It is located directly across the street from the community center/library which offers several free activities. Their home is also located near historic parks and restaurants. Barbara and Willie love to cook meals together, attend church, travel, and watch sporting events. They have three adult children and fifteen grandchildren.

Both Barbara and Willie have worked with individuals with ID/DD/MH in residential facilities and have also supported people with behavioral challenges in their home. Barbara currently works as a mental health skill building counselor. The Stith’s home is ready for placements. They believe their best match for the home would be an individual that wants to attend a day support program at least four days per week. They are willing to support individuals with transitioning to a new program if needed.

Name: Joyce Deer

Location: Bon Air area of Richmond on Chesterfield line

Staff Contact Information: Sonya Washington at swashington@depaulcr.org

Details: Joyce Deer is a developmental disability professional with over 30 years of experience serving individuals both in an in-home and facility environment. Joyce is also a Licensed Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide and has 5 years diabetes management experience. She enjoys sharing her life and experiences with others and looks forward to being able to provide one-on-one attention and support to each individual while focusing on their individual person-centered plan.

Joyce lives in a two-story home that is well-maintained, equipped with three bedrooms, home gym w/sauna, music room, reading room, and three full bathrooms. As a gardening enthusiast, she has many mature fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Joyce’s home is in a quiet, peaceful, low-crime neighborhood located in the suburbs of Richmond City. The home is nestled on a large corner lot with plenty of privacy, surrounded by beautiful foliage and wild blackberries. The home has a large 30-foot outdoor deck equipped with seating and panoramic views where you can sit and enjoy beautiful sunsets and serene tree-lined views surrounded by blue sky. Joyce currently has two beds available. The individuals she supports should be able to navigate stairs and preferably willing to participate in a day support program. Both rooms are spacious and come with a private bathroom. Joyce has two backup workers who are both trained and experienced and who share her passion for helping to support others in obtaining the highest quality standard of living possible. 

Joyce believes her Christian-based faith has given her the tools to show the love and understanding necessary to provide the very best care. She loves spending time with family and friends, dancing, fine dining as well as relaxing at home, reading, board games, knitting, and exercising. She is a culinary enthusiast and enjoys creating gourmet cuisine. She also enjoys regular trips to the beach, parks, and museums. Joyce has two adult daughters and two grandchildren who live out of state; however, she maintains regular contact with them. Her eldest daughter works in the field of mental health as a licensed mental health therapist.

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