Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

Concord UMC Donates School Supplies to Jackson-Feild

The members of Concord United Methodist Church in Stony Creek conducted a drive to collect school supplies for the students of the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Health Services (JFBHS).

The drive was conducted over several weeks and the donated supplies were transported to Jackson-Feild by Mrs. Mary Spires and presented to Dr. Shaneka Rose, Director of Education.

The members of this historic church have been helping the children at JFBHS since 2004. The United Methodist Women have been the most active recognizing birthdays, celebrating holidays, providing scholarship funding for college, and conducting donation drives.

They engage the help of the pastors and members to assist them in improving the quality of life at JFBHS and work to ensure the residents know that they are valued and loved.

Dr. Rose and the Gwaltney School were most grateful to receive these supplies and putting them to use in classrooms this school year.

Children Helping Children

 

In 2020, Ava Rajappa of Richmond founded Art Love – a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art supplies to children and youth facing hardship.

I started fifth grade in the fall of 2020,” says Rajappa, “and arts and crafts have helped me in life. Sometimes, when I am scared or overwhelmed, I do arts and crafts to calm me down. They are very fun to do and I am hoping other kids who have similar feelings would be able to use the art kits we donate to feel better when they are anxious.”

With the help of her parents, donors, and a grant from Dominion Energy, Rajappa and a team of 50+ volunteers collects art supplies, organizes them into kits, and delivers them to schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and more.  To date, more than 4,200 kits have been delivered to organizations in nine states, Washington DC, and two countries. 

Jackson-Feild was thrilled to receive a supply of kits from Art Love.  Art teacher Tracie Wilder says, “Youth at Jackson-Feild often are unable to verbalize their thoughts and feelings.  Art is the perfect outlet, and these kits from Art Love will help them tremendously in the healing process.”

For more information about Art Love, visit www.art-love.org.  To make a donation to help supplement and replenish art supplies at Jackson-Feild, please call 434-634-3217.

 

Tricia Delano Re-elected Secretary to NACBH

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was recently re-elected Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH).

NACBH is a national organization dedicated to enhancing the availability and delivery of services for children with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. For over three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help mentally ill children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders to impact legislation and policy decisions regarding children’s mental issues.

With thirty-two years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild since 2007. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history especially during the COVID pandemic.  Jackson-Feild is more viable and meaningful than ever before thanks to her leadership.

Delano has helped Jackson-Feild become a major player on the national level. She is respected by her peers on the NACBH board and has rendered valuable service to its members.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects Officers & Directors

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that the following officers have been re-elected to serve two-year terms:  T. Darnley Adamson, III,  Robert B. Wynne – Co Chairs, William H. Poarch- Vice-Chair, Beverley A. Coleman- Secretary, and John Mason Antrim – Treasurer.

Adamson, Co-Chair, is the owner of Green Solutions Virginia and has extensive experience in the insurance and real estate fields. Wynne, Co-Chair, is an associate with McGuire Woods in the employee benefits and executive compensation group. Poarch, Vice-Chair, is a retired Navy aviator and airline pilot. Coleman, Secretary, is retired after a career business development at the state and local government levels. Antrim, Treasurer, is newly elected to the Board. He is the retired President, CEO and COO of the Middleburg Financial and Trust Company.

Re-elected to serve two-year terms were Steven Riethmiller, a retired Virginia Military Institute professor of chemistry; Anne W. Hill, an attorney with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; and Leslie W. Rose, III, a physician with James River Primary Care in Richmond.

Jackson-Feild is pleased to continue its relationship with the re-elected members, and welcomes Mr. Antrim as a new member of the board.

Jackson-Feild looks forward to their leadership and support as it continues its mission to provide high quality evidence-based psychiatric, residential, educational and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma and mental illness.        

USDA Awards Jackson-Feild Grant

Public and private school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) were notified by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) of an opportunity to participate in a competitive process to distribute NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116-94) for federal fiscal year 2020. The Equipment Assistance Grant funds allow approved SFAs to purchase equipment needed to serve healthier school meals, improve food safety, and support the establishment, maintenance, and/or expansion of the School Breakfast Program (SBP).

Jackson-Feild applied for and was awarded an Equipment Assistance Grant to purchase a walk-in freezer. The award equaled the actual cost of the walk-in freezer, which included installation costs.

The new walk-in freezer expands storage capacity and the ability to accept food donations. The kitchen staff at Jackson-Feild have been requesting a walk-in freezer for years. Jackson-Feild is an equal opportunity provider.

Napoleon Bonaparte once said that an army marches on its stomach. Children living in a residential setting are cognizant of their food much like Napoleon’s army. At Jackson-Feild, we try diligently to provide nutritious meals with a side of fun by offering dishes from a variety of cultures and nationalities.

Jackson-Feild is thankful to the VDOE's Office of School Nutrition Programs and the United States Department of Agriculture for the walk-in freezer, which will serve its need well for years to come.

Golfers Help Jackson-Feild’s Children

On Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) hosted its 26th annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament at the Golf Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County. Over the years, this event has raised nearly $600,000. This year, the proceeds will be used towards “building a better future” and addressing campus infrastructure needs.

The event would not be the same without the continued generous support of the tournament sponsor, Boddie-Noell Enterprises. Each year, Boddie-Noell has exemplified their motto, “we believe in people”, providing golfers with Hardees lunches and even participating as players themselves.

Teams traveled from all over Virginia and from North Carolina. Despite rainy forecasts and light showers, the sun came out just in time for golfers to play a round on the green. Following play, golfers were treated to a cookout dinner and awards presentation at the Reserve at the Highlands. Congratulations to the team from Virginia State University on their first place victory!

The Jones LTC Pharmacy team and the Pearson Funeral Home team both finished strong and annually have been in contention for the winning team.

This past year was among the most challenging periods in Jackson-Feild’s 166 year history. JFBHS is incredibly grateful to the numerous supporters who have helped them weather the challenges they have faced. Through their generous contributions, JFBHS is able to create a better tomorrow for all its residents.

Mark your calendars--planning has already begun for the 27th anniversary tournament to be held on May 2, 2022!

Anonymous Foundation Replaces Floors at Jackson-Feild

After twenty-six years of hard use, two classrooms at Jackson-Feild’s Gwaltney School have been replaced thanks to grant funding from a Southside Virginia foundation that wishes to remain anonymous.

The Gwaltney School provides both regular and special education for the youth at Jackson-Feild. Great emphasis is placed on assisting students improve their academics in order to restore them to their grade level, to prepare them to take the GED exam, or earn sufficient credits to earn their diploma. Students also receive online vocational training to assist them in transitioning into independent living.

This anonymous foundation has made prior grants addressing specific needs at Gwaltney School to help students achieve their academic goals.

The Godspeed Project at Jackson-Feild

A resident at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) confided to Chaplain Robin Moore that prior to her placement she had no home and no place to sleep. The girl’s plight touched Moore’s heart and motivated her to act.

The Godspeed Project originated as a partnership between the Spiritual Care Program at JFBHS and Carson United Methodist Church in which the Women’s group graciously made and donated thirty pillowcases. Each pillowcase is unique and stitched with love; perhaps these ladies were thinking of their own children/grandchildren when they worked on putting the pillow cases together. The project seeks to supply each resident with a new handmade pillowcase to keep and take with them as they move on to the next place they will lay their head.

The Godspeed Project also includes an effort to partner with churches throughout the Greensville region to collect new, unused hard-sided suitcases to be offered to residents upon discharge so that they can pack their belongings instead of putting them into a trash bag, as is the case with so many youth.

Pillowcases and suitcases might seem insignificant, but they provide a sense of normalcy to those receiving and using them. They are tangible reminders to the youth that they are valued as human beings and will not be forgotten as they move on in their lives.

JFBHS welcomes churches and parishes to join in the Godspeed Project. If your church would like to help, please contact the Rev. Dr. Robin Moore at rmoore@jacksonfeild.orgor  434-594-7909.

Spiritual Development Amidst a Global Pandemic

 

For 165 years, spiritual development has been a fundamental cornerstone at Jackson-Feild (JFBHS). Today, COVID-19 restrictions have necessitated imagination and ingenuity on the part of our Chaplain, the Rev. Dr. Robin Moore, to fulfill the spiritual needs of the children.

Chapel services had to be modified to meet safety procedures by having five different services—one per cottage. The pandemic has created new opportunities such as “The Gathering Place”, a specially designed haven resembling a cozy den. With two fish tanks to foster an environment of mindfulness, residents can relax and gather in small groups to share what is on their minds.

Life Guidance sessions are provided for residents to meet individually with the Chaplain for spiritual advice and comfort.

Residents find reassurance through the Chaplain’s prayer wall. Numerous residents have traced their hand print knowing that when she sees it, she will pray for them.

Guided meditation sessions are provided to assist residents with fears, anxieties, or to celebrate happiness. Yoga sessions, when requested, follow the teaching philosophy and practice in the Hatha yoga tradition. Hatha yoga can offer a full-body practice with a strong emphasis on the full integration of body, mind, and spirit.

The Chaplain also coordinates the care of the JFBHS’s three companion dogs with the help of residents. These dogs provide unconditional love for the children who enjoy and appreciated their love and attention.

You can make a child’s Christmas wishes come true.

 

 

The Christmas season is especially hard for most of the children at Jackson-Feild. What is supposed to be a time of unity and joy brings back memories of past Christmases filled with sadness and heartache.

Jackson-Feild’s staff makes every effort to ensure that the children will have Christmas memories that they will cherish for lifetime. We are seeking your help with our Adopt-a-Child program. Interested persons can adopt all or part of a child’s Christmas list. Due to COVID-19, only cash contributions will be accepted. Gifts will be ordered online by Jackson-Feild staff.

Jackson-Feild also organizes a special meal and activity every day during the twelve days of Christmas. The children are unable to go home or receive any visitors due to COVID-19 which will be especially trying for them.

If you would like to help, please send your check to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services, 546 Walnut Grove, Jarratt, VA 23867, go online to www.jacksonfeild.org or contact Tod Balsbaugh (804)869-3505.

Please share the spirit of Christmas by helping Jackson-Feild bring joy and happiness to the children.

When you sit down with your loved ones on Christmas day, please know that you created a lifetime memory for a child who needs your help.

Ridley Foundation Awards Jackson-Feild Grant

The Ridley Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia has awarded Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services a grant for specialized training.

The Ridley Foundation was established and funded by Mrs. Roberta Ridley in the 1940’s.  Mrs. Ridley, affectionately known as “Miss Bert”, was a resident of Southampton County. She established a trust to help local organizations and to provide college scholarship funding for Episcopalian students within the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The grant will fund specialized trauma-focused and trauma-informed training for residential, educational, and clinical staff members. The training was developed by the Klingberg Trauma Stress Institute which was founded in 1986. This Institute is a recognized leader in the treatment of psychological trauma and attachment disruptions. The Institute has helped more than 4,000 mental health organizations nationally.

The goal is to train our staff and to make a transformational impact on Jackson-Feild’s ability to create better outcomes for its mentally ill children.

The Ridley Foundation has been a wonderful partner with Jackson-Feild and has made a profound impact on its mission and the children it serves.

Jones Pharmacy Team Wins Jackson-Feild’s Golf Tournament

The Winning Team: the Jones LTC Pharmacy Team.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services held is 25th anniversary tournament on September 21st at the Country Club of the Highlands in Chesterfield County. It was a picture perfect day for golf and the course was in perfect shape. Hardees, who has served as the tournament sponsor since day one provided a box lunch for each player. Players teed off at 1:00 p.m. and the format was captain’s choice.

This year’s tournament was like no other due to COVID-19 guidelines. Nevertheless the golfers had a great time in spite of current restrictions and appreciated the opportunity to support the children and mission of Jackson-Feild.

The Jones LTC pharmacy team shot a tournament best sixty-one which is eleven strokes under par for the course.  The team Jones team consisted of John Jones, Johnny Jones, Rick Jones and Steve Abernathy. Jones LTC Pharmacy has been a sponsor of this event for years and their team always has a strong showing and finishes in the top three teams annually.

Proceeds from the 2020 tournament will be used to fund services for which Jackson-Feild receives no reimbursement primarily Neurotherapy services and educational scholarships to fund the education of children whose school division does not pay for their education.

This tournament has raised over $550,000 since its inception and the funds have been used for a variety of need including special projects, capital purchases, capital improvements and educational scholarships.

A Letter from Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services CEO

Dear Friends,
 
This year has brought monumental changes that included a global pandemic and a renewed call for social justice. We are reminded that we live in a rapidly changing world, and Jackson-Feild is a reflection of this world.
 
We are ever ready to adjust and adapt, always drawing upon our core values of service, compassion, dedication, integrity, and leadership. These values have guided us through 165 years of helping children who are experiencing the painful effects of trauma and/or mental illness.
 
I am proud of how we have proven our ability to acclimate to new and uncertain global environments. Confronted with this pandemic, each week has presented new challenges providing us with opportunities to demonstrate our flexibility and inventiveness. Our proactive and recurring measures have ensured that we have not had a positive case of COVID-19. Without hesitation, and through innovation, we have found new ways to better serve our children.
 
We continue to educate our children who could ill afford to miss instruction. We find ways to enrich and engage residents during these “dog days” of summer.
 
Our founder, the Rev. William M. Jackson, noted we have to be revolutionary from time to time. Now is such a time. Jackson-Feild provides daily opportunities to transform young lives thanks to caring folks like you. We embrace change that will strengthen us, as we remain true to our core values.
Warm regards,
 
Patricia H. Delano
President & CEO 

Jackson-Feild Recognizes and Applauds its Residential Staff

At Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS), the residential counselors, coordinators and supervisors devote tremendous amounts of time, energy and patience to the youth in their care.  On any given day, they bear the behavior of adolescents who are inordinately angry, impatient, and – in many cases – sad.  Their work is vital, but all-too-often thankless. For that reason, JFBHS would like to recognize and applaud several members of its staff.

Every day, recently promoted Residential Coordinators Shenda Cooke, Shanika Morgan, Tiffany Moses, Stacy Tann, and Rhondell White work with the youth and the Residential Counselors to ensure that treatment plans are followed and benchmarked. While maintaining professional boundaries, they serve as role models of healthy behavior, teach life skills, lead recreational activities, and supervise youth in the cottages as well as during off-campus activities and appointments.

Also deserving of praise and recognition are Residential Supervisors Katrinka Phillips, Myra Pugh, Michael Stokes, Kisha Tucker, and Sophelia Wyche-Harrison.  In their role, these five staff members provide overall leadership and management of their cottages. They teach, coach, and empower the Residential Counselors and Coordinators to develop their skills and maximize their potential in their work with the youth. They also collaborate with Senior Residential Supervisor Shadhri Stith to develop and maintain JFBHS’ mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives. Michael was recently promoted from Residential Coordinator to Residential Supervisor.

JFBHS is fortunate to have such a dedicated team of staff members with the skills, determination, and compassion to work with mentally ill children. It is thanks in great part to them that the boys and girls find wellness.

Help Children by Having Fun Golfing

Help children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services who suffer from mental health and/or substance use disorders while having fun golfing.

Jackson-Feild will host its 25th Annual Golf Tournament on May 4 at the Golf Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County.  Over the past 24 years, this tournament has raised $538,520 to meet a variety of operating and capital needs that benefitted its children.

The proceeds this year will be used to improve upgrade much-needed infrastructure projects on campus.

 Jackson-Feild seeks raise $30,000 from the tournament to meet these needs.

The cost to pay is $150 per player, or $600 for a team.  Lunch is provided at noon, and a banquet at the close of play. Play begins at 1:00 p.m.  with shotgun start.

Jackson-Feild’s mission is to provide high-quality evidence-based services for children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, mental illness, and/or struggling with addiction. The goal is to restore wellness so that children can successfully return home to their community.

For more information, call Tod Balsbaugh at 804-354-6929 or tbalsbaugh@jacksonfeild.org.  You may register by phone or on our website at www.jacksonfeild.org.

Jackson-Feild’s Children Celebrate Harvest Fest

Resident’s showing their dance moves.

The week of October 28, the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services celebrated Harvest Week with fun-filled daily activities.

The week kicked off with a game night on Monday that included a cornhole tournament, card and board games, t-shirt tie-dyeing, and refreshments. Tuesday’s events included pumpkin carving, paint-by-numbers and a volleyball round robin. Wednesday’s agenda involved basketball games, and decorating goofy socks followed by a cookout. On Thursday, the Gwaltney School hosted a Halloween bingo tournament and trunk or treating after a talent and step show. Friday’s events included hay rides, face painting, line dancing, lawn games and a cookout.  Residents enjoyed treats of candy apples, popcorn and snow cones.

Thanks to the staff who gave freely of their time and talents, the boys and girls had a wonderful time celebrating autumn and Harvest Fest.

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