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Chester Rotary Presents Corn Hole Sets to Jackson-Feild

On a hot summer evening members of the Chester Rotary Club met with residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to present six corn hole sets. Members of the club constructed the sets and residents helped them with the final assembly. The club also donated bags for each set.

The construction of these sets was a labor of love headed by Rotarian Peter Adler and his Rotarian helpers. The Chester Rotary Club has constructed sets for our charities and causes in the past.

After the final assembly of the legs and the presentation of the sets to the children the Rotarians, children and staff sat down to an old fashioned ice cream social. Brownies and cookies were also a part of the fare. Nothing tastes as great as ice cream on a hot summer night.

The residents of Jackson-Feild are most grateful to the Chester Rotarians for constructing these sets which will give them hours of enjoyment in the future.

Eight Students Graduate from Jackson-Feild

Eight students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild received either their high school diploma or GED certificate on June 7. 

Mr. Johnnie McKeller, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony which was held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Seven scholarships and two book awards were given to students to help with college, nursing school, or trade school expenses. The funds for these scholarships were donated by loyal supporters of Jackson-Feild.

The Rev. Johnnie Worrell, pastor of Grace Commission Outreach Baptist Church in Franklin     provided the commencement address. Rev. Worrell is a retired New York City police officer. He message of life choices and their consequences was well received by the graduates and Gwaltney students.

One graduate spoke about her experience at Jackson-Feild and at the Gwaltney School. She expressed thanks for the help and assistance she received while in treatment and shared her plans to attend nursing school in the fall.

Each graduate was presented with a class ring given an anonymous donor. Young ladies were given a dozen roses, and young men a wallet. In addition, cash gifts were given from two anonymous donors and the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a special lunch prepared by the food service staff of Jackson-Feild.

Since its opening in 1994, 185 students have graduated from The Gwaltney School.

Petersburg Kiwanians Help Jackson-Feild

On a recent beautiful – but windy – Saturday morning, volunteers from Petersburg Breakfast Kiwanis Club arrived bright and early and got right to work on a much-needed project on the Jackson-Feild campus.

The decking around the modular buildings that house the Gwaltney School had weathered over time and was in dire need of attention. Working several hours on the project, the Kiwanians applied a fresh coat of stain that immediately improved the appearance and helped preserve the wood.

Over the years, members of the Kiwanis Club have helped the children through “hands on” service projects and financial support for specific needs.

The children and staff at Jackson-Feild wishes to thank these wonderful volunteers from the Petersburg Breakfast Kiwanis Club for all they’ve done to benefit the organization.

If you are a member of a civic/service/church group and would like to offer a helping hand for a future project, please contact Vice-President of Advancement Tod Balsbaugh at 804-354-6929 or tbalsbaugh@jacksonfeild.orgto see how you may be of help.

Spring Fling – A Night to Remember

On May 23, Robinson-Withers Gym at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was transformed into an elegant ballroom for the evening’s “Spring Fling” prom.  JFBHS would like to recognize and thank everyone who worked so hard to ensure the event would be a success.

Students in JFBHS’ art program prepared and hung decorations throughout the gym. JFBHS food service staff prepared special foods and sweets for the event.  Wooten Brothers Greenhouse loaned beautiful table decorations. Staff member and professional photographer Leon Robinson snapped photos throughout the evening while staff member and professional DJ Craig Mangrum provided the music that kept the boys and girls dancing all night.  Students at the Collegiate School in Richmond provided prom dresses, shoes, and accessories through The Fairy Godmother program.  Several Rotary clubs in the region donated blazers for the boys.  A friend of JFBHS provided hair styling and manicures.

Prom is a rite of passage for most American teenagers, and JFBHS is committed to providing this special event that residents will cherish for a lifetime.

Golfers Help Jackson Feild’s Children

The winning team L-R: Mike Ellis, Thomas Dodson, Monte Todd, and Dennis Balch.

Larry Pair, Director of Plant Operations at JFBHS

L-R:  Donte Threatt, Elvin Edmonds, and Ronnell Pearson

On May 6, 2019, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was pleased to host the 24th annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament at The Golf Club at The Highlands.  Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward purchasing molded, high-impact, fire-retardant polyethylene bedroom furniture for our cottages.  According to the manufacturer, the furniture is “solid as a rock, yet features seamless construction with rounded corners for added safety and security. Each piece can be easily sanitized.”

Following a lunch provided by Hardees, nineteen teams from all over Virginia and parts of North Carolina enjoyed a beautiful day on the links.  Following play, the golfers returned to The Reserve at the Highlands to enjoy the awards dinner and find out who won the various raffle prizes donated by a number of restaurants, museums, jewelry stores, and more.  In addition, having the highest bid meant that one golfer took home a gas smoker donated by Parker Oil, and another took home the prize of a week-long vacation at Kill Devil Hills donated by a former JFBHS director of education.

Without the support of a number of sponsors, this tournament would not have been possible.  JFBHS is tremendously grateful to tournament sponsor Boddie-Noell Enterprises, presenting sponsor Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, and awards dinner sponsor Jones LTC Pharmacy. Additional sponsors were Old Point Trust, Virginia South Psychiatric & Family Services, ITA International, WellsColeman, Kim & Steve Winston, Tod Balsbaugh, Partlow Insurance Agency, Inc., Parker Oil & Propane, Boyd Chevrolet, Diamond Springs, Wilson Clary & Associates, Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, The Wilton Companies, Commonwealth Exterminators, Eric Thompson & Family, and Old Dominion Landscapes, LLC.

Planning has already begun for the 25th anniversary tournament to be held in May 2020, and all are invited to sign up to play.  More details will be available at a later date.

Jackson-Feild’s Bible School Benefits Others

Several times a year, Jackson-Feild holds a voluntary Bible School for interested boys and girls. Led by Jackson-Feild’s chaplain The Rev. Dr. Robin Moore, an average of 39 residents and staff participated in the most recent daily Bible School activities.

With the theme “Sharing God,” a key component was for residents to witness and experience how everyone can be in service to others.  Each Bible School session includes a service project in which children do something for others in the community.  In this session, they made 48 pairs of “Silly Socks” for residents of Emporia Manor, a local assisted living facility. Starting with a pair of plain white socks, and an array of paint, the participants decorated the socks with their own unique designs.

Give a kid puffy paints, a pair of socks, and a little time, and something magical happens.  While some children worked individually, others worked in teams. The children’s creativity came alive through their designs, and the men and women of Emporia Manor will surely enjoy keeping their feet warm with a pair of happy “Silly Socks.”

Fairy God Mothers Work Their Magic

 

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is a non-profit behavioral health organization serving adolescent children with severe mental health disorders. Founded in 1855, JFBHS serves more than 100 children annually

For the past thirteen years Collegiate School students have collected and provided prom outfits to residents through The Fairy Godmother Project. Their mission is to provide a high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would prevent them attending a high school prom.

Throughout the year, Collegiate School students collect donated prom attire and conducted fund raisers to purchase supplemental items such as shoes and accessories. 

On Saturday, March 30, 2019, was the “shopping day” for the girls of JFBHS. Collegiate students were able to transform the JFBHS gymnasium into a boutique filled with six racks of prom dresses. Three tables were lined with shoes, an accessory station and even a table for the girls to pick out their make-up.

The gym was filled with laughter and excitement as residents had smiles from ear to ear on their faces after their successful “shopping experience”. The Collegiate students helped the find the right ensemble that will make them feel and look good at the upcoming prom. The student’s generosity and kindness was much appreciated by both children and staff.

Jackson-Feild Makes Presentation to Placement Professionals

Jackson-Field’s, Donna Creasy, presented information regarding Neurofeedback to a symposium of professionals who are tasked with finding the most appropriate and effective treatment for their locality’s youth with emotional and behavioral issues. The topic was Neurofeedback and its utilization in residential treatment

There was a keen  interest on the part of these professionals regarding Neurofeedback and its effectiveness in treating specific disorders including substance abuse. Neurofeedback is an evidence-based practice that uses electroencephalography or EEG to map brain activity.

The goal is for youth to understand their brain functioning and gain control over their thoughts and behaviors. They learn how to connect stimuli which are undesirable that associate with negative thoughts and emotions such as depression, anxiety, impulsivity, etc. They learn how to manage these thoughts and feelings and control and improve their behaviors.

Jackson-Feild has used Neurofeedback as an effective treatment intervention for over twenty years.  It is the only nonprofit organization in Virginia that uses it. Jackson-Feild does not receive any reimbursement for this service. JFBHS believes so strongly in this intervention since it has been so effective that it raises funds to cover this expense.

Ms. Creasy’ s presentation was very well received and participants walked away with a new appreciation and understanding about the importance Neurofeedback could make in helping their youth.

Jackson-Feild Promotes Tiffany Moses

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that Tiffany Moses has been promoted to the Residential Coordinator position plays a key role in our residential program. She will coordinate the daily activities of Gwaltney Cottage. She will directly supervise to staff and residents to ensure that each child’s daily treatment plan and goals are being met.

The Residential Coordinator ensures that each staff members training is up to date, manages staff schedules, that staff are up-to-date with case management responsibilities,  supplies and equipment is available and maintained and ensures that children receive the best possible services and care possible.

Ms. Moses has helping children since 2003 severing in a variety of settings in Maryland and South Carolina. She joined the Jackson-Feild team in March 2018 as a residential counselor and has performed well in this position.

She has earned the respect and apprciation of our children and her peers. We look forward to her service in this new capacity.              

Play Golf to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children

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If you are a golfer and want to help mentally ill children please make plans to play in Jackson-Feild’s 24th annual golf tournament on May 6th.

Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase special psychiatric furniture which is safe and durable for five cottage’s bedrooms.

The tournament will be held at the Country  Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County. Lunch is served at noon and the shotgun start begins at 1:00.

Jackson-Feild’s mission is to provide high-quality mental health services to children who have suffered severe emotional trauma heal and restore wellness so that they can return home.

If you would like to enter a team or would like to play yourself please contact Terron Watkins at 804-354-6929 or email him at twatkins@jacksonfeild.org to enter or go to Jackson-Feild’s website (www.jacksonfeild.org).

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Meets Medicaid’s New Standards

For a number of years, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) has been a Medicaid provider.  Medicaid recently initiated stringent standards of care, and JFBHS is pleased to announce that they passed – with flying colors – an unannounced three-day observation and assessment by a Medicaid representative.

This achievement is a testament to JFBHS’ mission to provide high quality evidence-based psychiatric, residential, educational and recovery treatment services for children who suffer from severe emotional trauma, mental illness and/or addiction.  Their goal is to restore wellness and provide support for successful reintegration into homes, families and communities.

Medicaid is a government-sponsored insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care including mental health.

Medicaid raised the bar for psychiatric residential facilities, and JFBHS cleared the bar simply by doing what they already were doing:  providing high quality, effective services.  Medicaid will continue to make unannounced site visits, and JFBHS is confident that they will continue to meet the challenge and exceed the expectations.

Jackson-Feild Promotes Johnnie McKeller

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Johnnie C. McKeller has been named Director of Education for the Gwaltney School effective January 17, 2019. McKeller began teaching at the Gwaltney School in 2009, and had been serving as the acting director since July 1, 2018.

A resident of Franklin, McKeller earned his undergraduate degree from Longwood University, and his Master’s degree from Cambridge College.  He has been an educator since 2005 in a variety of capacities with several school divisions in North Carolina and Virginia. He also has been a coach for baseball, football, wrestling, track & field, and basketball.

McKeller is well liked and respected by the students as well as his colleagues, and his promotion has been well-received. With infectious enthusiasm, McKeller is a visionary who constantly seeks to improve himself and the Gwaltney School.

 

 

 

Lake Gaston Booker’s Club Donates Books To Jackson-Feild

For eighteen of their thirty years in existence, members of the Lake Gaston Bookers Club have been donating books to Jackson-Feild.  Last month, just in time for the holidays, the members donated a number of books to the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS).

At the request of the Bookers Club, faculty and staff at JFBHS provided a list of titles that appeal to the residents.  Several members of the Bookers Club visited the JFBHS campus and presented the books to school staff. The books are housed in the school library, and are available to students through a typical library check-out system.

Over the years, the Bookers Club has hosted other events and activites depending upon the needs and interests of the children. The Gwaltney School students enjoy reading, and are most grateful to the club members for their kindness in donating books that satisfy their reading appetites.

Santa’s Elves Come to Jackson-Feild

On December 20th fourteen members of the Lake Gaston Ladies Club and several other volunteers traveled to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services campus in Jarratt, VA to wrap all the children’s Christmas that were purchased by donors and will be given to residents on Christmas Eve. 

The wrapping event is an annual has become a tradition for the women for the past eighteen year in which they have served as Santa’s helpers.

The day began with the women arrived bright and early in the morning and they got right to work. By the end of the day over 250 presents were lovingly wrapped by these special elves.

While some of the returning ladies began wrapping presents, members who had not previously been  to campus were given a tour and overview of Jackson-Feild’s programs and services/

These special volunteers ate lunch in the dining hall with residents and one of the residents welcomed them to the campus and thanked them for their efforts on behalf of all the children.

Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents

Staff members of the Consolidated Coca-Cola Bottling Company in  Halifax, North Carolina hosted a pizza party for the residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. 

A team of eight volunteers provided pizza, Coca-Cola products for every resident.

The company also sponsored  Christmas gifts for eight residents and will be presented to these children on Christmas morning.

The residents were extremely excited to enjoy a special meal as was evidenced by how many had a second serving of pizza. After everyone enjoyed their pizza, they were served a dessert of either cookies which were baked by residents in the food occupation class.

Both the staff and residents of Jackson-Feild are incredibly grateful for the support Consolidated of Coca-Cola Bottling Company for their wonderful efforts on behalf of the residents and for bringing the spirit of Christmas to Jackson-Feild.

Greensville Memorial Foundation Helps Jackson-Feild

Recognizing the importance of doing all they can to improve the quality of life and health of the community, the Greensville Memorial Foundation recently awarded grant funding to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health (JFBHS) Services to purchase a new eight-passenger van.

On average, residents at JFBHS are driven 20,000 miles per year for medical and dental appointments. Replacing a 2010 minivan with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, this new vehicle is expected to provide reliable transportation of the children for a number of years.

The board and staff of JFBHS are most grateful to Executive Director Jill Slate and the board of the Greensville Memorial Foundation for this wonderful gift.

Jackson-Feild Children Conduct Breast Cancer Walk

The residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services conducted an annual Breast Cancer Walk for the past five years. This year the event was held on October 30th.

Students in the on-campus Gwaltney School studied in advance the impact and effects of breast cancer has on women’s health. They prepared posters that were posted around the campus on this topic.

Some of the children’s lives have been touched by breast cancer and their posters were more personal.

Residents and staff gathered on a bright, crisp October morning to walk around the circular drive around the campus several times. 

Funds were raised which were donated to help women who are suffering from this dreaded disease.

Terron Watkins Joins Jackson-Feild

Terron Watkins joined the development staff at Jackson-Feild. Terron is a native of Richmond graduating from Richmond Public Schools. He is a graduate of Longwood University where he studied communications focusing on public relations.

After graduation he worked in development for a Grace Place which provided adult day care services until the program closed its doors.

His primary responsibilities will be online giving, special events, Christmas program, Young Professionals Society and assisting the VP of Development with fund raising and communication projects.

Terron brings passion, commitment to Jackson-Feild’s mission and a willingness to learn and grow as a development professional. He is looking forward to helping Jackson-Feild fulfill its mission and help our children.

Visiting Chefs Mentor Jackson-Feild Students

Culinary Arts students at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) Gwaltney School recently had an extraordinary day working with Chef Patrick J. Kearney of US Foods and Chef Sue Jett Taylor of The Affinity Group, a food broker with US Foods.

Working side by side with Chef Patrick and Chef Sue, the students prepared variety of restaurant-worthy offerings.  From BLT & Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches on Chia Seed Bread to Ham & Manchego Cheese topped with a Wilted Salad and tossed with Balsamic Dressing, students and staff alike were delighted with the results.  In addition to those savory dishes, the students and chefs also prepared Lightly Glazed Donuts and a Butter Tart topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

This hands-on opportunity was the brainchild of JFBHS Food Service Director and Culinary Arts teacher, Chef Mary Griffith.  Ms. Griffith is forever seeking ways to engage and motivate her students, and this event was a resounding success that boosted student self-confidence and reinforced the lessons learned in the classroom. The students were thrilled to demonstrate their skills and receive positive feedback from their peers and staff.

JFBHS would like to thank US Foods representatives Kim Harper and Suzanne Vandeventer for making this event happen for the students in Gwaltney School’s Culinary Arts program. The chefs’ time and attention as well as the food prepared were provided by US Foods and The Affinity Group as part of their outreach and educational volunteerism program.

Rev. James Carey Retires from Jackson-Feild

 

Rev. James Carey retired from the Gwaltney School and Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service after teaching history and government for thirteen years. His passion for history was infectious and helped countless students achieve their educational goals.

Rev. Carey served as a mentor and strong role model for his students. He demonstrated why history is important and is a key component in becoming an informed citizen.

He served in the United States Army and in Vietnam for a year.

He and his wife are active in the community. Rev. Carey pastors a local church and served as our unofficial school chaplain pronouncing the benediction for countless school activities and ceremonies.

Rev. Carey was honored at a special ceremony to thank him for his service and to recognize him for efforts to educate children with mental health disorders which requires inordinate patience and understanding. He was given a gift and a clock to commemorate his service to Jackson-Feild.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Officers & Trustees

At its annual meeting, Jackson-Feild Board of Trustees elected new officers: T. Darley Adamson, III of Richmond - President; William H. Poarch of Emporia -  Vice-President; Anne G. Greever of Richmond - Secretary; and Robert B. Wynne of Richmond and Blacksburg -  Treasurer.

Five new trustees were also elected to serve on the board.

Beverley A. Coleman of Petersburg has extensive experience in state and local government working in business development.  A graduate of Virginia State University, Coleman has worked for Chesterfield County, Historic Jackson Ward Association, and the Department of Housing and Community Development helping residents as well as businesses.  With her talents and background, Coleman will serve on JFBHS’ development committee.
Dr. Muriel A. Hawkins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to JFBHS. Currently an Associate Provost and Professor of Educational Leadership at Virginia State University, Hawkins has more than 40 years’ experience in higher education as an administrator, faculty member and allied health practitioner. She has served on numerous civic boards and professional educational organizations.
Dr. Leslie W. Rose, III, a specialist in internal medicine, treated the children at Richmond’s Virginia Home for Boys and Girls for over 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, and his MBA from the University of Richmond. Rose has devoted his life to taking care of others and particularly enjoys helping children.
Anne W. Hill currently manages professional malpractice claims for the Virginia office of Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company. Prior to her insurance career, Hill was a Trust and Estate/Tax attorney for McGuire Woods in Richmond.  She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and her MBA and JD from the University of Richmond. Hill lives in Goochland and is active at Gayton Baptist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee and is Vice-President of the   Missions Counsel.
The Rev. James W. Browder, III currently lives in Courtland where he serves as Vicar at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Browder is also a social worker at East Pavilion Nursing Home located at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin VA. Browder earned his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, MEd at the University of Virginia, and his MDiv at Virginia Theological Seminary.  In addition to a number of memberships, Browder is a trustee of the Ridley Foundation, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Southampton Memorial Hospital.

Gwathmey Memorial Trust Awards a Grant to Jackson-Feild

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

The Gwathmey Memorial Trust has been investing in Jackson-Feild’s children since 1993, and recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to partially fund the salary for a teacher in its new Addiction Recovery Treatment Services program.

The Richard and Caroline T. Gwathmey  Memorial Trust was established by Mrs. Elizabeth Gwathmey Jeffress in 1981 in memory of her parents and is administered by Bank of America US Trust Private Wealth Management and a Board of Trustees.

Jackson-Feild has received several grants since the founding of the Gwathmey Trust.

The Church Periodical Club’s Miles of Pennies Benefits Jackson-Feild

 

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service’s Hayden Gwaltney School received a grant of $822.23 from the Miles of Pennies to purchase books and educational materials. The Gwaltney School has received more than $8,567 from the program over the years. The beneficiaries of these grants have been students who were educated by using materials provided by this fund.

Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an Episcopal organization that provides books, magazines, tapes, videos and CD’s at no charge to those who cannot otherwise obtain them. The first grants were awarded in 1991.

The Miles of Pennies provides grants up to $844.80.  Laid edge-to-edge, it takes 84,480 pennies to cover the distance of a mile.  Hence, the name of the fund and the maximum amount of grants provided. The Miles of Pennies program focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children from kindergarten through high school.

Donations are collected to support the Miles of Pennies Fund as well as other programs sponsored by the CPC.  The majority of the donations are provided by Episcopal Church Women throughout the country. The total grants awarded annually range from $18,000 to $25,000 depending upon the donations raised.

Jackson-Feild Promotes Two Staff Members

    

Ms. Marie Hyppolite who has served as Clinical Director heading the behavioral health services at Jackson-Feild for the past four years has been promoted Director of Programs and Clinical Services. She has been employed by Jackson-Feild for twenty-five years. She previously serves as Director of the Eleventh House an independent living program which has since closed and as a clinical social worker at Jackson-Feild.

Also promoted is Adrienne Foster to the role of Clinical Manager. She has served as a clinical social work for thirteen years.

Both Ms. Hyppolite and Ms. Foster have helped Jackson-Feild achieve an excellent reputation for the provision of high quality residential treatment services to help children struggling with mental health disorders and their  families.          

Both Ms. Hyppolite and Ms. Foster are outstanding thereapists who have helped countless children understand and manage their disorders.

They will provide great leadership and direction to ensure that Jackson-Feild provides trauma-focused, cutting-edge and evidence-based mental health services in the future.    

Jackson-Feild’s Dr. Bowling Retires

 

 

 

On June 30, Dr. William D. Bowling will retire as Director of Education at Jackson-Feild’s on-campus Gwaltney School. For 24 years, he was progressive in creating and developing innovative educational services to meet the needs of children with severe mental health disorders.

Before Jackson-Feild, Bowling was a high school teacher; a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels; a Secondary School Supervisor; a Director of Instruction; and a Superintendent of School for several public school divisions.

As invaluable as Bowling’s background and experience has been to Jackson-Feild, it been especially so to its students. For students wanting to take college-level coursework, Bowling established online education programs with the University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, and Brigham Young University.  He also partnered with Southside Virginia Community College to provide career and technical education.

Under Bowling’s leadership, classrooms at Gwaltney School were equipped with the technology necessary for distance learning. He developed the “student on a string” effort in which students who have left Jackson-Feild are able to remain enrolled in Gwaltney School so that they are able to complete their education and earn their GED. He outfitted the classrooms with the technology for distance learning.

Bowling’s career began in 1961 as a high school teacher primarily of math and science. His first administrative position was Principal of Gloucester High School followed by Principal in three other school divisions. He has also been the Director of Information Management for Essex County Schools, and an adjunct faculty member at Rappahannock Community College.

Bowling received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, his Master of Education Degree from the College of Williams & Mary, and his Doctorate from the University of Virginia. Along the way, he obtained numerous certificates from multiple universities.

Bowling will be deeply missed at Jackson-Feild.  His vision, foresight, and leadership have left an everlasting and indelible impact on everyone, especially the students who have attended Gwaltney School.

Jackson-Feild Holds its 20th Commencement Exercises

Eleven students from the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School received their GED certificate on June 8th.  Forty students received their ServSafe food certificate and 8 the culinary certificates.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. 

Two graduates spoke to those gathered about their experience at Jackson-Feild and at the on-campus, Gwaltney School. The express thanks and gratitude for the help and assistance they received from everyone at Jackson-Feild.

One student speaker concluded her remarks stating “Every day at Jackson-Feild I got closer to God and discovered God within me.  Maybe it is because just being in the middle of nowhere surrounded by  trees and animals, or the positive energy on campus but I believe it is the people who brought me closer, I hold Jackson-Feild very dear to my heart for opening a bright new world.”

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college or trade school expenses. These scholarships were given by a number of funders.

Each graduate is given a class ring donated by an anonymous donor. Young ladies are also given a dozen roses and young men a wallet in addition to a cash gift from an anonymous donor. Graduates are also given gift certificates from the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia.

The Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild has graduated 177 students since its founding in 1998.

Waverly United Methodists Spruce Up Jackson-Feild

On a bright and beautiful – but windy – recent Saturday, nine volunteers from Waverly United Methodist Church performed a task of epic proportions.  They repainted 1,100 feet of fencing at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

When one turns onto Walnut Grove Drive in Jarratt, two columns and a white fence can be seen at the end of the long, straight country road.  Up close, it was evident that the fence was no longer as white and pristine as it once had been.

Waverly Church provided not only the volunteers, but 25 gallons of fence paint and spray equipment as well!  Mother Nature, though, provided the stiff breeze that resulted in a number of painters sporting a light coating of paint by the end of the day’s work.

The children and staff at Jackson-Feild wishes to thank these wonderful volunteers from Waverly United Methodist Church for all they’ve done to benefit the organization.

If you would like to offer a helping hand on a future project, please call Vice-President of Advancement Tod Balsbaugh at 804-354-6929 to see what the current needs may be.

Making Prom Special at Jackson-Feild

At high schools across the country, May means “Prom,” and Jackson Feild’s Gwaltney School is no exception.

Each year well in advance of prom, Tod Balsbaugh and Jackson-Feild’s Office of Advancement reaches out to donors and community partners to literally outfit the boys and girls on campus for this special event.

The Short Pump Rotary Club recently conducted a Blue Blazer Drive and collected enough very-gently-used blazers for every high school boy on campus. Balsbaugh was honored to attend the club’s April meeting and receive this generous donation.

Since 2006, the Fairy Godmother Program at The Collegiate School in Richmond has been providing prom dresses, shoes, accessories and an on-campus personal shopping event for the girls at Jackson-Feild. Over the years, more than 400 girls have experienced the fun and excitement of choosing a dress and accessories for prom.

This year’s prom at Jackson-Feild will be held on May 18 and will feature a new special event. Members of Jackson-Feild’s Young Professionals Organization will host a special pre-prom dinner to help make the evening a night the boys and girls will remember for life.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services treats children with severe mental health and/or substance use disorders. If your child needs help, don’t hesitate to call 434-634-3217.

Jackson-Feild Residents Celebrate Black History

In recognition and celebration of Black History Month, Residential Services Supervisor Katrinka Phillips planned an entire day filled with a number of fun and educational activities. Residents created posters depicting African-Americans who were instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement. They held a poetry reading and read aloud black history information that resonated with them.  They even enjoyed a rousing game of “Black History Jeopardy” featuring questions written by staff about important people, places, days, and definitions.

Working to ensure that every holiday throughout the year is recognized with a special meal, Jackson-Feild’s Director of Food Services Cynthia Easter pulled out all the stops for this Black History Month celebration.  Easter and her staff prepared a dinner of fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, strings beans, rolls and apple cobbler that was thoroughly enjoyed by residents and staff alike.

Days like this are just one of the many things that set Jackson-Feild apart from other treatment facilities. In addition to receiving the treatment they need, the boys and girls are provided opportunities to explore topics of interest as a group, share their talents, and celebrate holidays that are important to them.

Jackson-Feild Mourns the Passing of Robert G. Neuville

Robert Neuville recently departed this earth but his legacy lives in the lives of the children he helped at Jackson-Feild and in the Neurotherapy/biofeedback program he helped to refine and grow.

Robert was born and raised in Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Marine Corp and fought in the Korean War. Returning home he attended and graduated from the University of Richmond after which he has a successful 25 year career with AT&T.

Robert returned to college and received a Master’s in Social Work degree from Norfolk State University. He stated a second career as a professor at Norfolk State and working with underserved children in Norfolk.

He became a pioneer in the field of Neurotherapy/Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback began on the late 1950’s. It focuses on brain activity and uses and EEG. Robert was passionate about the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and revolutionized its treatment.

Jackson-Feild began using Neurotherapy in the 1990’s to help treat children who have suffered severe emotional trauma. Robert and his business partner and beloved friend Patty Graydon began providing this service for the children at JFBHS. They made a meaningful difference to countless children for years.  Robert’s health began to fail and he and Patty discontinued their efforts. Dr. John Griffin, local neuro-psychologist has picked up where they left off.

His goal was to depart this world leaving it a better place than he found it. He did through the lives of the children he helped at Jackson-Feld.

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