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Jackson-Feild New Hires

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Larry Pair has joined Jackson-Feild as its Director of Plant Operations and Meredith Melo as Assistant to the Vice President of Advancement

Mr. Pair served in the armed forces twenty-one years in a variety of management positions. He has served as a building inspector and most recently worked as the Building & Grounds Supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections.

He brings a wealth of knowledge to his new position. He is looking forward to using this knowledge and experience to ensure that Jackson-Feild’s physical plant is in tip top condition to best serve its children.

Ms. Melo is a native of Yorktown. She earned her Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech and her Master’s from George Mason University.

She served as a student intern with the Office of Congressman Rob Whittman in his Washington Office.

 She also interned at the American Heart Association in Arlington helping with fund raising responsibilities producing their weekly newsletter and assisting with database operations.  She also interacted with community-based groups and assisted with volunteer coordination for special event.

She will focus on special events and digital fund raising.

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Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild Residents

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

John Lassiter led a team of volunteers who provided pizza, Coca-Cola products and a “goody bag” for each resident.

They also made a gift that will be used to purchase special meals and provide special recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The children 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 chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. 

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

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Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Three to Program Coordinators

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff residential counselors to the position of Program Coordinator in which they will assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and in the supervision of the children and residential counselors.

Ebony Gaither, a graduate of Fayetteville State University, will work with the girls assigned to Gwaltney Cottage.  Michael Stokes, a graduate of Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas will work with the boys in Rogers Cottage. Della Green, a graduate of St. Paul’s College, will work with the girls in Marshall Cottage.

JFBHS seeks to improve the quality of life for its residents by providing cutting-edge treatment services for their emotional disorders.  At any given time, more than forty children are receiving care on campus.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these newly-promoted staff residential coordinators in their respective cottages. 

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Jackson-Feild Receives a Matching Grant from The Cabell Foundation

In November 2015, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) received word that The Cabell Foundation was offering them a $75,000 matching grant to construct an outdoor recreation center on its campus.  Following a year-long fund raising effort, JFBHS raised the funds required, and The Cabell Foundation recently awarded the grant.

The recreation center will feature a fenced and lighted multi-sports court plus other amenities to provide residents with a variety of recreational opportunities.  Construction will begin in January, and the goal is to have it up and running by the end of April.

Established in 1957 by Robert G. Cabell, III and Mrs. Maude Morgan Cabell, The Cabell Foundation supports the needs of charitable organizations in Virginia. The Cabells wanted the foundation to be responsive to human needs in its deliberations and to take the initiative to inspire action.  More than 400 organizations have received grants totaling $85,000,000.

Jackson-Feild is most grateful to the Board of Trustees of The Cabell Foundation for their support.

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Psychologist at Jackson-Feild Presents at the SBCNA Conference

Dr. J. Michael Griffin, a psychologist who provides neurofeedback therapy at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) recently gave two presentations at the annual conference of the Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association.

Of his two presentations, one – titled “Neurofeedback in an Adolescent Residential Treatment Program” – was the result of a study conducted at JFBHS.  In his presentation, Griffin noted that “adolescents in long-term residential facilities often have histories of abuse, neglect, and family histories of mental illness. Often these youths have received years of outpatient treatment, multiple in-patient psychiatric hospitalizations in acute care facilities, foster placements, and multiple behavioral health residential admissions. Multiple [types of treatment] have been used, including counseling, psychopharmacology, recreational therapy, therapeutic horticulture, equestrian therapy, and others. Despite these interventions, significant acting out behaviors may persist.”

The study at JFBHS sought to determine whether neurofeedback is an effective treatment to reduce the severity, frequency and duration of acting-out incidents.  Over the course of the study, it was found that children receiving neurofeedback had at least 50% fewer incident reports than in prior reporting periods and those who received an average of four per month had an additional 17% fewer incident reports than those receiving two per month. In addition, staff noted that children had improved self-awareness, greater impulse control and reduced hyperactivity.

JFBHS is constantly striving to provide better services to help children who have suffered severe emotional trauma, and Griffin’s work and services are much appreciated tremendously beneficial.

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Thomas W. Meehan Elected to Jackson-Feild Home’s Foundation Board

Thomas W. Meehan, Sr. president and broker with CD West & Company in Newport News has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes Foundation.

Mr. Meehan, a native of Newport News, began his career in real estate in 1970 with C. D. West & Co. and is now the sole owner and president. The company provides oversight of apartment projects in Virginia and Georgia, and has developed 1,000+ residential lots in Virginia and South Carolina and built 300+ single family homes. Earlier in his career, Meehan was a real estate appraiser and has appraised more than 3,000 houses and over 75 commercial properties.

Mr. Meehan serves on the boards of the Hampton Roads Academy, Achievable Dream, and Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He is a past director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission and the American Cancer Society in Hampton Roads.

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An Extraordinary Member of the Jackson-Feild Team Retires

After nineteen years of loyal and dedicated service to Jackson-Feild, Ann Chaffins is retiring on September 30. Ann gave her heart and soul to our mission, and it’s virtually impossible to accurately and effectively convey just how important she’s been to our organization.

Ann has a special place in her heart for children. As a former administrator for mental health services in Martinsville, she saw up-close and personally the complex issues that are involved with mental health disorders and the toll it takes on children and families.

In her role as Assistant Vice President of Advancement at Jackson-Feild, Ann went above and beyond the call of duty every day, in everything she did. Whether reaching out to donors, attending convocations, speaking to church groups, or training interns and new employees in the Richmond office, Ann put people at ease and let them know how important they are and how much she – and Jackson-Feild – appreciated them. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the development operations met expectations and fulfilled its goals.

Ann took special pride in our golf tournament – a monumental effort that she coordinated from its inception. Because she wanted every golfer to have a good time, no detail was overlooked. Ann often woke up in the middle of the night remembering a task or issue that needed attention. She kept lists and checked them twice… and often thrice. She followed up on promises of support. She personally thanked each and every player for spending their day to help raise funds for special projects the benefited our children.

Bill Northen, former member of the Board of Trustees and long-time Co-Chair of the Golf Committee tells us, “Ann has been a great friend and mentor. She’s been the voice of calm reason for as long as I can remember, and her determination and professionalism have been something I have tried to emulate. I’m proud to call her a friend, and I wish her every continued success in her next endeavors.”

Ann tells us that while she will miss the relationships she’s established with donors and co-workers, she’s looking forward to traveling and spending more time with her husband Dave, her children Katherine and Winston and their spouses, and her four grandchildren. We have it on good authority that things she will not miss include straightening up the storage room and defrosting the freezer in the Development Office!
Ann’s “can do” attitude and her devotion to Jackson-Feild will be hard to replace, but our wish for her is that every day of her retirement is filled with joy and happiness.


L-R: Katherine Crawford, Ann, Dave Chaffins, and Winston Chaffins help celebrate Ann’s retirement at a luncheon at Stella's in Richmond

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Grants Provide Funds for Jackson-Feild Renovation

Thanks to the generosity of the Ridley Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg  the restrooms in the Robinson/Withers at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Service’s gymnasium have been renovated.

The rest rooms have needed to be renovated for some time but funds were not available  for the project. Grants from the Ridley Foundation and the Mission and Outreach Committee at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church provided the needed funding for this project and Ridley Foundation provided funding for the renovations.

Work began in late August and was completed in September.  New tile was  installed on the walls and floors. Commodes were replaced in both rest rooms and a new urinal was installed in the boy’s rest room. Existing partitions in both bathrooms were re-sanded and re-painted. New LED light fixtures replaced fluorescent fixtures in both bathrooms which will improve lighting and save operating costs.

The children and staff thank the board of the Ridley Foundation and the members of Bruton Parish Church for their wonderful support to complete these much-needed renovations.

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Jackson-Feild’s Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is eligible and participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs sponsored by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. A copy of the policy governing this program is on file at the school and may be reviewed by any interested party.

 The USDA announced that up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create and strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Administered by USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service these annual, competitive grants will help further USDA’s efforts to increase locally owned foods in America’s school meals.

The program receives support from the Federal government. Although all children receive the meals at no charge, the household size and income will be used to determine the number of children eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The result of this process determines the amount of support received from the Federal government.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination  against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race ,color, national origin, age,disability,sex, gender identity,religion,reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form(PDF), found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA  through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Colonial Heights Rotary Donates School Supplies to Jackson-Feild

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club conducted a drive to collect school supplies for the students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

The Rotary Club has  been a regular supporter of the children at Jackson-Feild.  They donated 16 bicycles in 2015, provided school supplies and hosted ice cream social to name a few.

The club will be conducting a drive to collect blue blazers and sports coats for the boys. Dress clothing for girls is not a need but is desperately needed for boys.

Club president Renette Rawlins and members presents Tod Balsbaugh school supplies collected by the club at its regular club meeting.

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Jacskon-Feild Homecoming

It’s time to start planning for this year’s “Homecoming”; so mark your calendars TODAY!

Let's face it...years are passing and our time is short; so please make every effort to attend this annual event. We’d love to see ALL our sisters from days gone by so make it a special afternoon to spend time with those who come to share and reminisce of memories as young girls at Jackson-Feild and check out our website at!

We would love to see everyone, so please communicate with ANY sisters you may see or make contact with about our annual "Homecoming”.

It’s a time to celebrate and learn of our Legacy so please feel free to bring your family; spouses, children and grandchildren as well!

We would love to see EVERYONE attend this year, especially YOU…so please grace us with your presence!

"HOMECOMING" occurs every year...2nd Sunday of September..Mark your calendars NOW!  

Our event will be hosted at the on-site Community Building for Homecoming 2016!

Grace Church

9986 Purdy Road

Jarratt, Virginia 23867

September 11th

Noon 'til...

Bring a dish to pass and photos of the past!

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Jackson-Feild Promotes Gary Bryant to Residential Supervisor

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce that Gary Bryant has been promoted to the position of Residential Supervisor of Darden Cottage where he had been serving as a residential counselor.

In his new position, Bryant will be responsible for the daily operations of Darden Cottage and supervise the residents and staff of the cottage. He will be responsible for the implementation of curriculums and help with the development of new program initiatives.  He also will be responsible for ensuring that Darden Cottage operations comply with licensing and certification standards

He has worked in the field of children’s services and mental health since 1993. He has been on the staff at Jackson-Feild since 2010.

Mr. Bryant, a native of New Bern NC, is attending Southside Virginia Community College working toward his degree in human services.  Additionally, he is an intern with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Practice Board. Mr. Bryant is a youth pastor at First Anointed Christian Assembly in Lawrenceville VA.

He is the proud father of two grown children:  a son who works for a general contractor in Georgia, and a daughter serving in the United States Army.

Jackson-Feild congratulates Gary Bryant and thanks him for his dedication to all that he does both for JFBHS as well as for his community.


Jackson-Feild Homes Promotes Katherine Turner

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is pleased to announce that Kate Turner has been promoted to the position of Director of Utilization Review. Ms. Turner has held several positions at Jackson-Feild most recently serving as a therapist for residents.

The Director of Utilization Review ensures that children are receiving effective and appropriate treatment services.

It is a key position that focuses on ensuring that quality services are provided to residents and that Jackson-Feild is complies with best practice for risk management, performance quality improvement goals, HIPPA requirements and Council on Accreditation standards.

She provides oversight of the case management services for children’s records. This position interfaces daily with managed care organizations, external reviewers and regulatory entities.

The director works closely with Virginia’s managed care vendor, Magellan, regarding the funding of children’s services and issues related to funding.

She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master’s Degree from Liberty University. Her education and experience makes her well qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of her new position.

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Delano Named Secretary of National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has been 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 for their families. For three decades, NACBH has been a force for change to help children.  It leverages the knowledge and expertise of its members to serve as leaders who impact legislation and initiate conversation concerning children’s mental issues.

With twenty-seven years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past seven years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 161-year history, and the organization is more viable and successful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make a greater impact at the national level.

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Hyppolite Recognized by VCU School of Social Work

Marie Hyppolite, Senior Clinician for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was honored by Virginia Commonwealth University’ s School of Social Work with their 2016 Amy Rosenblum Award.

This award is given to field work instructors who supervise undergraduate and graduate social work interns during their field placement with a human/behavioral health organization. It embodies excellence in teaching and supervising students in an on-going collaboration with the School of Social Work. It the School of Social Work’s most prestigious award. The recipient receives a monetary honorarium.````````

Ms. Hyppolite has guided many students in their development as professional social workers and the school was very happy to accord her this honor for 2016. She was recognized at an appreciation luncheon for all field instructors.

Ms. Hyppolite began her career at JFBHS in 1993 as a case manager at the Eleventh House which was a community-based group home operated by Jackson-Feild to prepare residents for independent living. She was later named director. She moved to Walnut Grove in 2009 to serve as a therapist and was later promoted to senior clinician.

She received her undergraduate from Oral Roberts University and her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is forever working to improve her skills and is currently working toward certification for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is an effective psychotherapy to treat children with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.

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Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild graduates eight students

June 10 was a very special day for eight students who attend the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. Four students received their standard high school diploma and four received their GED. In addition, seven graduates and undergraduates received their Home Health Care Aide certificate and pin.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony held at the Golden Leaf Commons at Southside Virginia Community College, Emporia Campus. Dr. JoAnn Smart, Director of Clinical Services, was the commencement speaker.

Two students addressed the members of their class expressing their thanks to the school and faculty. They challenged their fellow graduates to build upon the education they received at Gwaltney School.

Six scholarships were awarded to students to help with college expenses. Nancy Sands, President of the Episcopal Church Women from the Diocese of Southern Virginia, presented each graduate with a $100 honorarium.

Over the last eighteen years, 157 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School with either a diploma or GED certificate. Each year, in honor and recognition of the student's work, an anonymous donor has provided a bouquet of roses for each girl, a wallet for each boy, and a gift card for every graduate. Another donor underwrote the cost of class rings which were presented to every graduate.

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BB&T Emporia Branch Shines Light on Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Through Its Lighthouse Project

Employees from the Emporia branch of BB&T partnered with Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services by painting common areas in Gwaltney Cottage.

 This partnership is based on BB&T’s “Lighthouse Project” a company-wide community service program.  BB&T believes an investment in their communities is one of the best investments they will ever make! Whether it’s a financial contribution, an investment of time or both, they feel their support can truly make a difference.

This project gave BB&T an opportunity to provide corporate financial support to local charities, while associates roll up their sleeves and go to work. Since the Lighthouse Project began in 2009, their associates have contributed more than 385,000 volunteer hours and have improved the quality of life for more than 11 million people

The Emporia team members eagerly accepted this challenge to paint one of JFBHS’s residential cottages Mark Owen and his team arrived bright and early on May 21st with paint brushes and rollers in hand.  They got right to work and by the end of the day the cottage had a whole new look. The funds to purchase the paint and supplies was provided by a grant from BB&T.

Mark and his family have been involved at JFBHS for years. He knows the good work that is being done daily to help children with mental health disorders understand and manage their disorders.

JFBHS is most grateful for the help and support that the Lighthouse Project has provided to improve the quality of life and upgrade the living quarters for its children.

Golfers Swing Their Way to Help Jackson-Feild’s Children

May 9 could not have been a better day for a golf tournament.  The weather was perfect and the course at The Country Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield County was in excellent shape.  The 83 golfers who participated enjoyed their time on the links and the volunteers who worked the event had a great time, but it was the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services were the ultimate winners of the 21st annual Go Golfing for the Kids tournament.

Proceeds from the 2016 tournament will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous foundation and be used to build an outdoor recreation center with a sports court and swimming pool.  Over the years, proceeds from the tournament have been used to finance a variety of special needs such as start-up initiatives and children’s programs in addition to providing scholarship funding for children with no money for their care.

JFBHS would thank the following:  Boddie-Noell Enterprises for being the tournament sponsor for the 21st year in a row; Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for being the presenting sponsor; Jones LTC Pharmacy for being the dinner sponsor; and Hardee’s for providing delicious box lunches to all the participants and volunteers.

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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Thanks the Greensville Co. Sheriff’s Office


In recognition of Respect for Law Week, the children and kitchen staff at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services baked cupcakes for every member of the Greensville County Sheriff’s office.

In July 1963, the Past-President of Optimist International met with then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in a discussion that led to the creation of Respect for Law Week.  The week is intended to inspire respect for the law among young people and it acknowledges the outstanding contribution of those charged with law enforcement. Each year the first full week of May is designated Respect For Law Week

The residents and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services not only want to commend and recognize the Greensville County Sheriff’s office for their service, but they also want to thank them for their help and support.

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Fairy Godmother Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Jackson-Feild

For the tenth year running, The Fairy Godmother program at Collegiate Schools in Richmond recently helped residents of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services shop for prom outfits at no cost to the girls and boys.

Founded in 2006, the Fairy Godmother program has provided prom outfits to more than 350 residents.  Their mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for children whose circumstances would otherwise exclude them from attending a high school prom.  

Throughout the year, Collegiate students collect donated prom attire and conduct fundraisers to purchase supplemental items needed to complete an outfit.  They also solicit donations from individuals, corporations and foundations in support of their effort.  They store the items in a SmartBox provided by the owner of the local franchise, Bryan Bostic, and on April 8 the box was transported to the JFBHS campus for the day.

The Collegiate students met with JFBHS residents and helped them select the right outfit for the prom which will be held in May.  Based on the smiles and laughter throughout the room, everyone had a wonderful time shopping for prom.  For ten years now, these special volunteers from Richmond have provided not only the clothing to make prom special, but they have helped the children at Jackson-Feild feel valued and important.

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GO (Gwaltney Online)

Gwaltney School students at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services who are discharged from Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health services prior to earning their high school diploma or GED certificate now have the opportunity to complete their education through our new GO – Gwaltney Online - program.

Students at Gwaltney School are enrolled and withdrawn according to their individual situation.  They often arrive – or leave – in the middle of a semester.  For students nearing the age at which they may no longer attend high school, such interruptions can be damaging to their ability and desire to complete their education.

Dr. Bowling, Director of Education, and Ms. Denise Moss, Individual Student Alternative Education Coordinator, developed GO.  Using the web-based curriculum called Odysseyware, students who have left Jackson-Feild may take elective subjects and GED preparation courses.  We mail textbooks and educational materials to participating students, and – through Odysseyware – follow their progress on a daily basis.  Ms. Moss is available via telephone to provide assistance as needed to help students understand and complete the course assignments.  When a student has completed the online GED prep course and is ready to take the test, Ms. Moss makes the arrangements for the student to take the test in his or her home locality.

As of press time, five students have earned their GED certificate by participating in GO.  This innovative approach is only one of our many commitments to our students.  By completing their education through GO, our students are able to go out into the world and live independent, successful lives.

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Home Health Care Aide Training at Jackson-Feild

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is now providing home health care aide vocational training for students at its Gwaltney School.  Home health care aides provide basic medical services that include administering medications, changing bandages, and checking vital signs.

Nationally, more than one million people are employed as home health care aides, and the profession is growing far more rapidly than other occupations.

Jackson-Feild’s program follows a standard curriculum in which students take 60 hours of classroom instruction and participate in 10 hours of off-site training at a facility that provides medical care.

Abbey Webb, a community relations specialist with Southern Care Hospice Services, recently spoke to Gwaltney School students about hospice care; what it is and, how they can become a part this service.

In late February, four students will complete their training and a new group of ten will begin the program.

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

Founded in 1888, the Church Periodical Club (CPC) is an independent organization affiliated with the Episcopal Church, and it relies on volunteers, clergy, and friends to promote its Ministry of the Printed Word.  In 1988 – on its 100th anniversary – the CPC established the Miles of Pennies Fund focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children from kindergarten through high school.

Grants in the amount of $844.80 are awarded to provide books, magazines, audiotape, videos and CDs.  Why $844.80?  Because it takes 84,840 pennies laid edge-to-edge to cover the distance of one mile.  Hence, the name of the fund and the amount of the grants provided.

The Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently received a full grant of $844.80 from this fund.  Over the years, The Gwaltney School has received more than $7,745 from the program. This year’s grant was used to purchase 69 hardcover and 77 paperback books written by a wide variety of authors.

Teachers and students alike are thrilled to be recipients of this grant, and the books are being checked out and read with enthusiasm.


Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services welcomes Dr. J. Michael Griffin

Jackson-Feild is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Michael Griffin, PhD. has joined its clinical staff.  Dr Griffin is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback).

Dr. Griffin has special interest in attention and memory issues of children, adolescents and adults. As a survivor of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), he is accomplished in the assessment and treatment of patients who have experienced TBI and/or attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities.

In his treatment of boys and girls who are severely emotionally impaired, Dr. Griffin utilizes biofeedback to help his patients understand the complexity of their disorders and how to function successfully while managing them.

Dr. Griffin received a B.S. in Biology from Guilford College, an M.A. in Biology from Western Carolina University, an M.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, a doctorate in education (Ed.D) from the University of Sarasota, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Walden University.


Meherrin Piece Makers Quilt Guild Aids Jackson-Feild

The Meherrin Piece Makers Quit Guild is a group of 30 plus talented ladies who love to sew and quilt.  They used their collective talents to make hand-made pillowcases for every resident of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  They had a work day in early December to sew the pillowcases.

Each one was different and reflected the talent and ability of the member who prepared it. The pillow cases are beautiful. The members wanted to ensure that each child would have a special gift on Christmas morning.

The Guild presented pillowcases last year and has aided Jackson-Feild’s residents on a number of occasions over the years.

The administration and staff of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services are most grateful for the efforts of these wonderful volunteers.

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Lake Gaston Volunteers Serve as Santa’s Helpers

Members of four separate Lake Gaston  volunteer groups acted  as Santa’s elves wrapping all the Christmas presents for 42 children of Jackson-Feild Homes.   They arrived, at Walnut Grove the Home’s campus in Jarratt, Va., bright and early last Thursday and spent most  of the day hard at work helping Santa.

The ladies took a personal interest to ensure that each child had their Christmas presents beautifully wrapped for Christmas morning.  The comradery and joy among the ladies was infectious.  Their enthusiasm was infectious and brought the spirit of the Christmas season to the Home’s campus.

Volunteers included members from  PEO  Chapter C-D – Littleton, N.C., Lake Gaston Ladies Club, FAB (Flying Aqua Babes)  and the Roanoke-Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

These groups  have been actively involved with Jackson-Feild for many years in a variety of service capacities. Carol Weigel serves as liaison for events and service projects that benefit the children at the Home.

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Stitchers Benefits Jackson-Feild’s Children

Stitchers for a Cause, a Glen Allen based organization, prepared 50 quilts to be given to the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for Christmas.  The group meets every Thursday at Glen Allen Church of Christ in Richmond. These talented quilters have been using their talents and skills for the past eight years to help needy and deserving groups and individuals to improve their quality of Life.

Jim Otto, coordinator, and his wonderful volunteers have been making quilts, bags for walkers and wheel chairs and other specialty items for non-profit organizations. They also make items to be raffled to raise funds for needy individuals who have acute medical needs. They have donated over 2,648 quilts, 1,034 pillow cases, 3,067 wheel chair bags and 5,883 other kind of items sewing only one day a week.

For many of the residents Christmas is a very difficult time of year filled with bad and sad memories.  They looklongingly at other children who have happy and cherished Christmas memories. They don’t want to get their hopes up for fear of another letdown….another day to hide their deep disappointment.

The quilts donated by Stitchers for a Cause will help the children feel valued and appreciated and make this Christmas a season they will cherish for a lifetime.

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Robert B. Wynne Elected to Board of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services

Robert B. Wynne, an associate in the tax and employee benefits department at McGuireWoods LLP has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

A native of Cary, North Carolina, Mr. Wynne received his Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Wynne and his wife Tsveti reside in Richmond, and he looks forward to his board service to an organization that helps children with mental health disorders.

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Episcopal Church Women Support Jackson-Field

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of the Diocese of Southern Virginia has a long history of helping the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  The members met recently in Clarkesville where they collected items from a Wish List as part of their “Bless the Children” project and presented them to Jackson-Feild.

The Diocese of Southern Virginia stretches across the bottom of Virginia from Hampton Roads to Danville and North to Richmond.  The ECW was founded in 1890 to assist the women of the Episcopal Church to carry on Christ’s work. Their mission today is to empower women to do Christ’s ministry in the world.

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Fish Tales

For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of fall is a saltwater fishing trip at the Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier in Hampton.  Old Point Bank sponsors the event in conjunction with the City of Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation.

The young anglers – none of whom had ever been saltwater fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish using rods, tackle and bait provided by Old Point Bank.  Don Lancaster and Matt Smith (hosts of the Fishing Tidewater radio show), Al Nazaruk, and Dan Minnick volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.   Don provided a brief “Fishing 101” lesson in which he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and then release the hooked fish.

According to one enthusiastic participant, the kids caught “a bazillion fish,” releasing most but keeping enough to fill a cooler to bring back to campus for dinner.  The new anglers had so much fun that did not want to leave.

When asked why he volunteers each year, Lancaster responded “These youngsters have had so many challenges in their lives.  It does your heart good to see them have such a good time enjoying a simple pleasure.”



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