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Bronco Federal Credit Union Donates Monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes

Bronco Federal Credit Union recently upgraded some of its technology which included computer monitors.  They donated 77 monitors to Jackson-Feild Homes for use in its school and cottages.

Jackson-Feild Homes is a behavioral health organization in Jarratt that serves older adolescents who have severe emotional disorders. The Home celebrates its 160th anniversary this year.  In 2014 101 boys and girls were served by the organization.  The goal of the Home is to help children understand their emotional disorders and give them the tools and ability to manage them in the future.

Pictured are Brian Hedgepeth (right) CEO of Bronco, and Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement for Jackson-Feild Homes.

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Colonial Heights Rotary Club Supports Jackson-Feild Homes

            The Colonial Heights Rotary Club held a drive to collect school supplies for the students of the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes. The items were presented to Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement at their weekly meeting on September 10.  Debbie Wall, past president, made the presentation after which members gathered for a group photo.

                Over the years, the Rotary Club has helped the children in a variety of ways.  It recently partnered with the Petersburg Rotary clubs to paint several rooms in historic Walnut Grove.

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Dr. JoAnn Smart Named Director of Clinical Services at Jackson-Feild Homes

Jackson-Feild Homes, the parent company of Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services, has named Dr. JoAnn Smart Vice President of Programs.  Dr. Smart will be responsible for the therapeutic services at Jackson-Feild and will work closely with the residential, educational and spiritual services departments.

Dr. Smart is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in Arizona.  She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the U.S. military at Camp Lejeune NC and in Jacksonville FL.

She has conducted research focusing on attachment related problems among children and adolescents in residential placements and has extensive experience in working with adolescents suffering from multiple emotional and/or behavioral disorders.

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Delano Named to Board of National Association For Children’s Behavioral Health

Patricia H. Delano, President and CEO of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services was recently named an at-large member 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-five years of experience, Ms. Delano has served as the CEO of Jackson-Feild for the past six years. She has guided JFBHS through some of its most challenging times in its 160-year history, and the organization is more viable and meaningful than ever.  She welcomes this new opportunity for Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services to make an impact at the national level.

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Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Breaks Par for Jackson-Feild

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial served as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Jackson-Feild Home’s annual Golf Tournament.  They contributed $5,000 with the proceeds being used to fund the summer activities program for the residents of Jackson-Feild.  This money paid for off campus field trips, annual Field Day, summer school activities, pool party and other events and activities this summer.

Modern Woodmen of America is a member-owned fraternal financial services organization. It has touched lives with fraternalism since 1883.  Their goal is to bring people together, support families and strengthen communities. They serve 770,000 families and are the third largest fraternal benefit society. The home office is in Rock Island, Illinois.

Bob French has been an old friend of Jackson-Feild and in recent years his son, Travis, has joined with him to help. This year Christian Hamlett has also come on board. Bob is the Regional Director for Modern Woodmen and he embodies the tenets of the society especially strengthening communities.

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes are the are the beneficiary of Modern Woodmen’s generosity and support and are very grateful for the opportunities they have been given.

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Bikes and Ice Cream on A Hot Summer Night

Twelve members of the Colonial Heights Rotary Club traveled to Jackson-Feild August 22nd to deliver 16 brand new bicycles.  With help from several of our residents the Rotarians worked tirelessly in the hot sun assembling all the bicycles. The bikes are Road Master bicycles with large tires which are needed to ride the gravel roads around the Jackson-Field Campus.

The funds to purchase the bicycles were provided by a grant from Rotary District 7600. Local Rotary Clubs can request grant funding for needs within their communities. A grants committee within the District must approve all grant requests.

After the bikes were assembled residents, guests and staff gathered in Robinson Gym for an old-fashion ice cream social. The Rotarians provided ice cream and all the toppings which brought smiles to the faces of residents.  Everyone had a great time.

Rotary International is an organization consisting of 34,282 service clubs with 1,200,000 members world-wide. Colonial Heights Rotary is one of 62 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 7600.  Their club members embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe authorized and signed a proclamation noting Jackson-Feild’s 160th anniversary. Presented to President and CEO Tricia Delano by Mrs. Sharron Kitchen Miller (wife of Virginia Senator John Miller), this official document recognizes our longevity and success. 

Gubernatorial proclamations are issued in order to call to the attention of Virginians the special honors, milestones and events, and to create awareness of the good works done by the recipients.

We are pleased and proud to receive this proclamation commemorating our 160th anniversary, and we look forward to continuing our excellent service to children with behavioral health issues.

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Jackson-Feild Homes Public Release for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Jackson-Feild Homes 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 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.

TheU.SDepartmentofAgricultureprohibitsdiscrimination  against its customers, employees,and applicants for employment on the basis 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 fro many 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 Serviceat (800)877-8339;or(800)845-6136(Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Field Day at Jackson-Feild

What do dunking booths and hula hoops have in common? They were both popular activities at Jackson-Feild’s annual Field Day on June 24. A warm, pleasant summer day was perfect for a variety of fun events and activities including sack races, water balloon buckets, face painting, bean bag toss and a T-shirt decorating contest.

The dunking booth was a favorite event as good natured staff members allowed the kids to try hits the bull’s eye and send them splashing into the water tank. Turn around was fair play when the students took their turn in the booth and their peers and staff had an opportunity to try to dunk them.

Kids snacked on popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones during morning activities. Everyone gathered under the shade trees to enjoy a delicious lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs and the all the fixings. No one left Field Day hungry.

The DJ, who is also a training specialist with JFBHS, provided lively music for dancing, sing alongs and musical games. Announcements by the DJ kept students focused on upcoming events and congratulated winners of various games and competitions. 

The week prior to Field Day the children celebrated “Spirit Week” with a Dress Up Mix/Match Day, Green and Gold Spirit Day, Hat Day, Casual Attire Day and Design A T-Shirt Day.

Students enjoyed working with the staff to plan this very special day – one they will be talking about for weeks to come. It was wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces.

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Rotary Club of Innsbrook Makes Grant to Jackson-Feild

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook presented Tod Balsbaugh, Vice President of Advancement, a check to be used to start a horticulture program.  The funds will be used to launch this program by purchasing supplies, equipment and materials.

The Home’s rural setting is ideal for such a program as they already have a greenhouse which will be incorporated into the program. They will be purchasing the Woolly School Garden 2 system which utilizes a user-friendly curriculum that teaches children how to grow their own food and to make healthy food choices.

Mr. Keith Newcomer will be overseeing the program.  He and the residents are excited about planning, planting, maintaining and harvesting the benefits of a vegetable garden and flowers to beautify Jackson-Feild’s campus.

He will be reaching out to Virginia Department of Agriculture extension office, 4-H, and a local master gardeners for help, guidance and assistance.

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Boy Scout Troop 232 (Purdy) Beautifies Jackson-Feild Homes

On a hot and muggy day __ members of Boy Scout Troop 232 traveled in force to Jackson-Feild homes to plant flowers around the campus. Members had to frequently hydrate due to the 90+ degree temperature.

Nevertheless, the Scouts stuck to their mission and at the end of the day the campus is awash in colors. The troop led by Chuck Lewis has performed a number of community service projects to improve the quality of life for the children at Jackson-Feild.

Tony Veliky, Director of Plant Services, expressed his appreciation and thanks to everyone involved. Their efforts have made a difference and he noted that it was very reassuring to have friends whom you can call upon to help with worthwhile projects.



Jackson-Feild Homes’ Gwaltney School Holds its 18th Commencement Exercises

On June 5, three students at the Edna Hayden Gwaltney School received their high school diploma, and one received his GED certificate. Six students received their ServSafe food certificate and two their food occupation certificate of completion.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony at the Golden Leaf Commons at the Southside Virginia Community College Emporia Campus. Mrs. Angela M. Carter was the commencement speaker.

Angela M. Carter, born and raised in Alberta, VA, is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Memory Chose a Woman’s Body, a poetic journey and memoir that spotlights the effects of abuse, neglect and depression. An advocate of the healing ability of the arts, Mrs. Carter is a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee, a nominee for the 2015 Virginia Library Literacy Award (poetry), a motivational speaker, an arts advocate, a painter and a photographer. Mrs. Carter lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, two children and a collection of pets.

Mrs. Carter – herself a victim of child abuse – shared her life story and spoke of her continuing struggle with mental illness. She urged the graduates to know that they are not alone in their daily struggles, and that they can make a difference in their lives. “Each new day is a new beginning. Don't give up. Don't convince yourself that you do not matter. And don't convince yourself that you cannot become the person you want to be, if you want to become someone new.”

Over the last eighteen years, 149 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 each graduate.


Beneath the Sea of Enchantment – A Night to Remember

May 30nd was a special evening that will be etched into the memories of the children at Jackson-Feild Homes forever. The Robinson-Withers Gym was transformed into an undersea world as residents celebrated the 2015 Prom.

The theme was Beneath the Sea of Enchantment. Students in the art program prepared the decorations that hung throughout the gym. The boys and girls were gussied up in evening gowns and tuxedos and looked great.

A great deal of hard work was done prior to the event to ensure it would be a success.  Staff members met with children do discuss self-awareness and prom etiquette.  Girls received had their hair and nails done by a JFH friend who performed these services at a greatly discounted cost.  The DJ for the event, Craig Mangrum, is a staff member who also provided his services at a discount. The table decorations were loaned by Wootton Brothers Greenhouse. The Home’s food service staff prepared all the food for the event taking a special interest in making special treats for the occasion.  The Fairy Godmother program provided prom dresses, shoes and accessories for the girls. A photographer shoots prom photos for the boys and girls as a memory of this evening.

Prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers is a spring. Jackson-Feild’s staff members were committed to ensuring that their children would have this special opportunity and worked hard to make it a night that the residents will cherish for a lifetime.


Shill and Foster Named Officers of VJJA

The Virginia Juvenile Officers Association was founded in 1966 to promote child advocacy and to promote best practice and professionalism of its members.
Membership is comprised of professionals in the juvenile justice system, judiciary, employees of group homes, halfway houses, social services, private providers and others with an interest in youth and family services.
Adrienne Foster a therapist at Jackson-Feild Homes was named Secretary and Jamie Shill, also a therapist at Jackson-Feild, was appointed Treasurer of the Capital District Chapter of the VJJA.
Both Foster and Shill have been active members in this organization which strives to ensure that children receive the best care possible and professionals are well equipped to serve them.


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

The children at Jackson-Feild Homes were the ultimate winners on May 11th at the 20th annual Go Golfing for Kids golf tournament.

The tournament was held at The County Club at the Highlands in Chesterfield. Boddie-Noell Enterprises was the tournament sponsor and has been since the tournament’s inception. Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial was the presenting sponsor.

A delicious lunch was provided by Hardee’s after which tournament play began using the Captain’s Choice tournament format. An awards dinner immediately followed the tournament.

It could not have been a better day for golf. The course was in excellent shape. The golfers enjoyed their time on the links and had a good time for a good cause.

The proceeds for the 2015 event will be used to support Jackson-Feild’s Summer Enrichment Program. A variety of programs and activities are planned daily throughout the summer to educate and engage residents. Over the years proceeds from the tournament have been used for scholarships, education and student programs.


There Really Are Fairy Godmothers

Volunteers with the Fairy Godmother Project of Richmond provide the opportunity for girls at Jackson-Feild to “shop” for a beautiful prom outfit at no cost to them. 

The Richmond program was established in 2006 at Collegiate School by Sloan Beaver. She served as chairperson of the project for two years and her sisters McKenzie and Ali carried on her legacy as chairpersons for the next seven years.  Their mother, Sabet Stroman, serves as the parent liaison.

This year Caroline Pollard and Lauren Dickinson served as co-chairs of the project whose mission is to provide a special high school prom experience for girls whose financial situation would otherwise preclude them ability to attend the prom.  Karen Albright and Toby Desch served as facility advisors for the 2015 project. SmartBox of Richmond and the Bostic family provide a free storage container for the prom gowns.

Collegiate students collect gently used prom dresses and have sponsored fund raisers to purchase additional dresses and accessories. Individual contributions, donations from area retailers and funding from a family foundation have also provided support for the project.


On April 11th twelve student volunteers served as Fairy Godmothers for the residents at Jackson-Feild Homes, a residential behavioral health organization serving boys and girls with severe mental health diagnosis. They were personal shoppers, helping girls select the perfect prom dress, shoes and accessories. 

The volunteers believe every student should have the opportunity to attend their prom regardless of their personal or financial circumstances.  It was rewarding and fulfilling to see the excitement and joy on the faces of the children as they selected the perfect outfit for their May prom.

Many thanks to the generosity and kindness of the Fairy Godmother volunteers and donors who care about the children at Jackson-Feild and want to be sure they experience the fun and excitement of prom night.

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Hardee’s Executives Visit Jackson-Feild Homes

Mayo Boddie, co-founder of Hardees, his sons Bill and Mike, and his grandson, Bunn, visited Jackson-Feild Homes on March 30thBoddie-Noell Enterprises (Hardee’s) has been a very loyal and faithful supporter of Jackson-Feild for over 20 years.

Mayo’s brother, Nick, who was a co-founder of Hardee’s had a very special spot in his heart for the children served at Jackson-Feild. Nick passed away three years ago. This was the first visit for the senior management to the Home.

They met with the staff and had a tour of the campus. They asked very insightful questions concerning funding, management, programs and services.

In addition to providing cash contributions Hardee’s has donated chairs for the dining hall and an ice machine, deep fryer and meat slicer for use by our kitchen staff.

JFH residents created a paper mache’ cheeseburger and French fries as a gift to thank Hardee’s for their loyal and generous support. The artwork will be displayed at Boddie- Noell’s  corporate headquarters in Rocky Mount, NC.


Jackson-Feild Promotes Two Staff Members

Ms. Shadhri Stith has been promoted to Senior  Residential Services Supervisor.  She has 17 years of service at Jackson-Feild and has worked in a variety of capacities. In her new role she will supervise the residential program . This includes program development  and supervision of  the children and staff members.

Ms. Stith has rendered outstanding service and is well liked and respected.  She is very dedicated to the mission of Jackson-Feild and to the children it serves.  She works tirelessly to ensure that children receive the services they need to heal from severe emotional trauma.


Mr. Gary Bryant has been promoted to Program Coordinator for Darden Cottage. He has been a residential counselor for almost four years.  He will be responsible for the operation of this cottage which serves adolescent boys.

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Venture Mattress Donates Mattresses to Jackson-Feild

Venture Mattress, headquartered in Franklin VA, recently donated 50 brand new mattresses to Jackson-Feild Homes to improve the bedding and sleeping conditions of its residents. 

Working with their manufacturer, Mattress Tech, Venture developed the new mattresses and they in turn worked with their suppliers to produce them. Everyone along the way took a personal interest in this project and wanted to ensure the comfort of the children served  by Jackson-Feild.

The new mattresses are twice as thick as the old and worn ones they’re replacing, and are much better built.  Already, the children are reporting that they are sleeping better and waking up in the morning feeling better.

Jackson-Feild is very grateful to Venture Mattress, Mattress Tech, and their suppliers for improving the boys’ and girls’ quality of life.

Jackson-Feild Homes is a residential treatment program with an accredited private school. It serves adolescent children who have severe emotional disorders. Established in 1855 the Home serves over 100 children annually. They are able to achieve positive outcomes for its residents where others have not.

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Jackson-Feild Homes Residents Treated to a Day of Fishing

Three years ago Don Lancaster, host of Fishing Tidewater on WKHT, started a fishing outing for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes. Almost none of the participating children had ever been saltwater fishing, and he wanted to provide this opportunity.

Unable to lead the event this year, Don turned the 2014 outing over to his close friend Dan Minnick who rose bright and early Saturday morning to ready the rods and reels and purchase the bait before the boys and girls arrived at 9:30.

Following Dan’s Fishing 101 lesson, the residents grabbed their gear and started fishing. Everyone had a great time and caught a lot of fish. The children were amazed to see and learn about the living organisms come from the ocean. In addition to a wide variety of fish, they also caught a sea horse and a few crabs.

The boys and girls are still talking about this experience which they will long remember and cherish. Don, Dan and other caring folks in the Hampton Roads area have been providing quality of life opportunities for the residents of Jackson-Feild Homes for many years.



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