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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.

Drug Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults Growing

As frequently reported by the news media and backed by statistics published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), a common misconception of adolescents and young adults is that prescription drugs are safer and less harmful to the body than stimulants and opioids.  The number children using prescription drugs without a prescription is out of control.  

The impact is very harmful to the child’s developing brain and body. In  adolescence, the brain continues to develop enabling them to set priorities, formulate strategies, focus attention, control impulses, process information and understanding rules, laws and tenets of social conduct.  Drugs impact perception, fracture neural pathways, and affect judgment and inhibition.        

Jackson-Feild's Addiction and Recovery Treatment Can Help

Male and female adolescents and young adults ages 11 to 21 referred to our Addiction and Recovery Treatment Program have not been able to function in the community despite external structure and extensive treatment services.

Treatment is covered by Medicaid and many private insurance providers. Therapies utilized in this program include:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Addiction Relapse Prevention Individual and Group Therapy
  • Practical Skills in Living Substance Free
  • Self-Regulation and Coping Skill Building 
  • Trauma Informed and Focused Treatment
  • Neurotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Variations of traditional 12 Step Program
  • Faith-based practice and spiritual growth 

Inquiries or Referrals for Services
admissions@jacksonfeild.org
Office: (434) 634-3217 Ext. 3027
Cell Phone: (434) 637-0995

Jackson-Feild Re-Accredited by the Council on Accreditation

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services received a three=year re-accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).  COA is an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization. Founded in 1977, its mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

Reaccreditation is a noteworthy achievement that demonstrates that Jackson-Feild is recognized as a residential treatment provider who successfully implements high performance standards and delivers high quality services to its children. 

Accreditation provides an objective and reliable verification that instills confidence and provides credibility to Jackson-Feild’s parents, donors, board members, community partners and stakeholders. 

The accreditation process involves a detailed self-study that analyses both administrative operations and service delivery practices.  You are “measured” against national standards of best practice. The standards examine Jackson-Feild’s operations and practices to ensure they are accessible, appropriate, responsive, evidence-based and outcomes-oriented.  It confirms that services are provided by a skilled and supportive workforce and that children are treated with dignity and respect.  Accreditation is conferred on the entire organization and not just one specific program or service with the intent to inspire confidence, credibility, integrity and achievement in Jackson-Feild Homes.

Jackson-Feild submitted a comprehensive self-study in which it addressed every standard. A site team of two reviewers spent three days on campus in September interviewing board members, staff and children. They submitted their report which was reviewed by COA and granted re-accreditation.

Tricia Delano, President & CEO, noted that “This is a wonderful milestone.  A great deal of time and hard work went into this process but it is well worth the investment of time, energy and effort. I salute our dedicated staff members who made re-accreditation happen especially Tanyah Jones who coordinated accreditation efforts.

Coca-Cola Hosts Pizza Party for Jackson-Feild’s Children

Most everyone would likely agree that there’s not a teen who doesn’t enjoy pizza and a Coke.

The boys and girls at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services were recently thrilled to enjoy an all-you-can eat pizza party compliments of the Halifax NC-based Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated.

A team of volunteers led by sales rep John Lassiter brought pizza, cookies, and Coca-Cola products for each resident in addition to a generous monetary gift for special meals and recreational activities for the residents during the Christmas holidays.

The Coca-Cola folks brought to campus much more than pizzas and sodas.  They brought a special brand of kindness that always puts a smile on a child’s face.  It’s difficult to be away from home during the Christmas holidays, but after an afternoon of simply sharing a Coke, these good friends from Halifax NC left the boys and girls knowing that someone cares about them and that they are valued and appreciated.

The folks from Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated – Halifax (NC) brought the spirit and meaning of Christmas to the children of Jackson-Feild, and everyone on campus is incredibly grateful for their support.

Santa’s Elves Come to Jackson-Feild

On December 13th members of two different groups traveled far and wide to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services’ main campus in Jarratt, VA to wrap all the children’s Christmas presents

The volunteers included members from the PEO Chapter C-D-Littleton, N.C. and the Lake Gaston Ladies Club. They both have been actively involved with Jackson-Feild in a variety of ways over the years. This will be the 12th Christmas they served as Santa’s helpers wrapping the presents for the boys and girls.

The day began when the women arrived bright and early in the morning and got right to work. By the end of the day over 250 presents were carefully wrapped with loving by these special ladies. They made sure no presents went unwrapped and each ribbon curled to perfection.

The children are very grateful to these special elves for their wonderful efforts to make Christmas special for children who have never experienced a “real” Christmas.

The Action Bible and Jackson-Feild

Thanks to the generosity of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia and the members of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild have brand new Action Bibles!

The best-selling Action Bible – created by a member of Marvel Comics – is designed to be action-grabbing through illustrations full of rich color and bold designs that brings to life the emotions and significance of the stories and figures of the Bible.

Jackson-Feild’s chaplain The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones will use the Action Bible’s four-step lesson path to engage teens at every step. The path starts by setting the stage to help teens feel comfortable with the Bible, and then brings the Bible stories and passages to life through animation. It helps readers make a connection and prompts them to ask questions. The Action Bible helps the boys and girls understand who God is and what they mean to Him, and it helps them develop their own value system.

Everyone involved in the Spiritual Program at Jackson-Feild is grateful to St. Martin’s and the ECW of the Diocese of Virginia for funding the purchase of these Bibles that will help to connect timeless truths to life today.

Club J316 Performs for Emporia Youth

Salem Baptist Church opened its doors to Club J316 for a night of music and fun recently.  Club J316 is a traveling group of Christian artists that minister a Godly positive and uplifting message.

The artists use upbeat Christian Music to convey an alternative message to conventional rap music whose messages include sex, drugs and violence.

The mission of the club is to bring our generation a Christian message to express that a relationship with Christ and doing what's right is cool. Club J316 is based in Southampton County and performs throughout Hampton Roads Virginia and beyond.  The artists range from elementary school students to young adults traveling from our local cities to nationwide.

More than 100 people attended the Salem Baptist Church event and 15 teens gave their life to Christ at the end of the performance. This is the first performance for Club J316 in Emporia and they hope to be able to return soon. The members of Salem Baptist Church were happy to host the event and were pleased with the turnout and the positive response of the youths who attended this event.

Club J316 has been performing regularly at Jackson-Feild Behavior Health Services. It was founded by Jackson-Feild alumna, Leslie Ludwig.  Jackson-Feild and finding her faith in God helped transform her life and led her to founding Club J316.

Leslie stated with her husband, son, her ministry-partner Shannon Huskinson and the ClubJ316 team they believe only through the grace of God will their ministry reach lives worldwide!

To see videos or receive more information about club J316 here is a link to their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/clubj316/

Petersburg Breakfast Rotarians Help Jackson-Feild

Members of the Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club drove down 95 October 19th to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services in Jarratt to volunteer services to replace a split rail fence.

The old fence served its purpose well but was in need of replacement. The Rotarians efforts were organized by Dean Freeburn. Larry Pair, Jackson-Feild’s Director of Plant Services, secured the fencing materials and had them ready for deployment.

The Rotary volunteers arrived ready to go and worked with precision until the new fence was installed. The Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club has supported Jackson-Feild and the children it serves financially and has conducted a number of “hands on” volunteer project to improve its campus over the years.  The new fence will serve Jackson-Feild for years to come.

The children and staff of Jackson-Feild are grateful for the efforts and support of the Petersburg Breakfast Club Rotarians.

Changes on the Jackson-Feild campus

For 162 years, Jackson-Feild has been helping children.  Throughout every change in focus, Jackson-Feild has adapted and modified not only its programs, but its physical campus as well.

Over the summer, two one-time staff houses that had until recently been serving as classroom space for the Gwaltney School have been reconfigured to serve more children for a variety of treatment programs now and into the future. In order to replace this  physical space as well as support the continuing needs of the Gwaltney School, an addition has been built onto the administration building providing two classrooms and a multipurpose room.

Families, placing agencies, donors, and the community can rest assured that Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services will continue 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.

Fish Tales

An annual rite of fall for the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is a trip at Buckroe Beach Fishing Pier in Hampton for a day of saltwater fishing.  Old Point Trust and Financial Services sponsors this event in conjunction with the City of Hampton Roads Parks and Recreation.

Seventeen young anglers – most of whom had ever been saltwater fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish using rods, reels, tackle and bait provided by Old Point.  Don Lancaster and Matt Smith with two other fine volunteers helped the children.   Don provided brief “Fishing 101” instructions where he showed the boys and girls how to bait hooks, protect their hands from the fins, and release the hooked fish.

The kids had so much fun that many did not want to leave. One young man who never had been fishing was so excited and happy he was beside himself.                                                   

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 the simple pleasure of fishing.

The boys and girls are most grateful to the wonderful volunteers and to Old Point for sponsoring this great day of fishing.

Jackson-Feild Hosts Bible School

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services hosts quarterly Bible Schools each year. Led by our full-time chaplain Rev. Dr. Robin Jones, residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate. 

Jones selects a theme for each week-long session, and conducts daily activities that encourage residents to embark on their spiritual journey.  Her goal is to help children make sense of their experiences and help them understand and, hopefully accept, God’s saving grace.

An important part of Jackson-Feild’s Bible School is the service component. Residents make items and donate them to help others.  Prior recipients have been our military serving overseas, victims of natural disasters and residents at senior centers.

During this recent session of Bible School, the Jackson-Feild boys and girls made “silly socks” which will be given to residents of local nursing homes.  The children had a great time decorating the socks and are pleased to have had a hand in helping others.

Colonial Heights Rotary Collect School Supplies & Host an Ice Cream Social for Children at Jackson-Feild

Over the course of several weeks, the Colonial Heights Rotary Club held a drive to collect school supplies for the children at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services. OI August 10, club members traveled to the campus to present the supplies to the children at an ice cream social.  The residents thanked the members for the supplies but were more interested in the ice cream, with toppings, severed on a hot summer evening.

The Colonial Heights Rotary Club has been a loyal friend to the children at Jackson-Feild. They regularly conduct drives for needed items, lend a helping hand for volunteer projects and hosted events for the pleasure of residents.

Club president Debbie Wall and the members have enjoyed interacting with the residents. Jackson-Feild is a behavior health organization serving children with severe mental health disorders.

Jackson-Feild Develops New Service

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Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services has developed Addiction Recovery Treatment Services (ARTS) to serve children who suffer from both mental health and substance abused disorders.

Many children are suffering from both mental health disorders and substance abuse problems. These youngsters are unable to function in the community despite receiving extensive recovery services and are in need of residential services.

Because of the significant overlap among mental health diagnoses and substance abuse disorders Jackson-Feild has developed a new program that will utilize an integrated treatment model where our therapists seek ways to understand and heal underlying causes of addiction such as trauma, low self-esteem and unresolved pain. This concurrent approach uses two treatment interventions simultaneously.

Located in two renovated former staff houses, the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Program can serve up to six children. They do not interact with the children in our mental health program.  Their schooling will be provided by our Gwaltney School faculty in the houses.

The licensed and credentialed addiction professionals help facilitate their healing and recovery by providing clinically directed services designed to stabilize and manage substance abuse symptoms and to develop recovery skills.

Sadly more than 50,000 Americans die annually from drug overdoses. Jackson-Feild’s ARTS program is intended to do our small part to address this nationwide epidemic.

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Officers

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services is proud to announce the election of new officers.

Anne Gordon Greever was elected Chair. Greever retired as a senior counsel from the law firm of Hunton & Williams where she specialized in labor, employment and civil rights laws and had been the chair of its investment committee for ten years. Greever received under undergraduate degree from Mary Washington University and her law degree from the College of William and Mary. In 2006, she was named to the Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine. Greever has served on the board and Vice Chair of the Richmond Economic Development Authority. She is also a past Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Greever first joined the Board of Trustees of Jackson-Feild Homes in 2002.

 

 

Elizabeth Feild was elected Vice-Chair. Head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, Feild has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American University, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild – donors of “Walnut Grove” – JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild’s heart.  Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees.  Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS..

 

T. Darnley Adamson, III was re-elected as Secretary of the Board. Adamson has many years of experience in both the insurance and real estate fields and currently owns and operates Green Solutions, LLC, with his son. Adamson attended Hampden-Sydney College, and is active in charitable and conservation causes.

 

 

 

 

 

Craig A. Tilley was re-elected as Treasurer of the Board. Tilley has had an extensive career in the finance field working for major banks and corporations in Richmond and is currently a Director of Credit at Owens & Minor. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received his degree in economics.  

Fish Tales

For the boys and girls at Jackson-Feild, an annual rite of spring is a freshwater fishing trip to Smithfield. Old Point Bank sponsors the event providing the bait, rods & reels and food for a cookout.

The young anglers – many of whom had ever been fishing – arrived bright and early and ready to fish. Don Lancaster and Matt Smith volunteered their expertise and served as mentors.  They enlisted a number of additional volunteers. Matt 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.  

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.”

Boyd Chevrolet Supports Jackson-Feild

 

Chris Butler, General Manager, presenting a check to Larry Pair, JFBHS Director of Plant Services.  Also pictured are Jeff Finch, General Sales Manager and  Maxie Moore, Sales Advisor.

Boyd Chevrolet presented a generous check to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services which was used to purchase a 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan that replaces a 2004 twelve-passenger van with more than 300,000 miles on it.

Each year, Jackson-Feild provides residential treatment services to more than 100 children.  It is essential that they have safe reliable vehicles to transport children to off-campus appointments and events.

Boyd Chevrolet has been very good to JFBHS by offering gently-used vehicles to Jackson-Feild at prices that the nonprofit organization can afford. This latest acquisition has already been pressed into service to meet the daily transportation needs on campus.

Tricia Delano, JFBHS CEO expressed her thanks and appreciation to the staff and management of Boyd Chevrolet for their gift to support the children and mission of Jackson-Feild.

Jackson-Feild Graduates Ten Students

June 9th was a milestone day for ten students at the Gwaltney School at Jackson-Feild Homes as they graduated from high school.  The Baccalaureate Service and Commencement Exercises were held at Southside Virginia Community College’s Golden Leaf Commons.

Five students received their high school diploma and five students received their GED. This was the largest graduating class since 2009. In its 20 year history, a total of 167 students have graduated from the Gwaltney School.

Dr. Bill Bowling, Director of Education, presided over the ceremony. Three students, Aureana, Genya and Fidel were the commencement speakers. Their speeches provided everyone in the audience an understanding of how important this day was to them as well as their deep gratitude towards the faculty and staff who helped them along the way.  

Five scholarships were awarded to students to help them with the expenses to further their education.  In addition to the scholarships awarded, there were special gifts that were given to all the graduates. Among these were cash gifts, gift cards, flowers for the girls and wallets for the boys. Helen Sharpe-Williams, President of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia was in attendance and presented each graduate with a cash gift as a token for their accomplishment. An anonymous donor gave each graduate a $100 gift certificate and each girl a bouquet of red roses and each boy a wallet.  Each student also received a class ring that was funded by an anonymous donor.

This ceremony is one of the highlights of the year for both children and staff as it culminates and validates the mission of Jackson-Feild and celebrates the accomplishments of it children.

Jackson-Feild Hosts Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Annual Spring ECW Meeting

This year Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was thrilled to host the Diocese of Southern Virginia’s Annual Spring ECW Meeting on May 20, 2017 in Jarratt, VA.

 

JFBHS Assistant Director of Advancement Meredith Melo welcomed and spoke to the 15 women present about Jackson-Feild and its programs, services and needs. After the business portion of the meeting was finished, the women proceeded to the All Saints Chapel on campus for the Holy Eucharist given by Jackson-Feild’s chaplain The Rev. Dr. Robin Jones. During this service, the collected offering was given to Jackson-Feild to be used towards JFBHS’s spiritual program.

Jackson-Feild, located in Jarratt, Virginia, is a non-profit behavioral health organization serving adolescents with severe mental health disorders. They employ a trauma-focused treatment model that utilizes cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions.  Founded in 1855, more than 100 children each year benefit from therapeutic treatment in a residential environment.  In addition to continuing their academic education while in treatment, the boys and girls are taught the skills they will need to manage their disorders so that they will be able to live healthy and productive lives.

Jackson-Feild Announces New Assignments

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) is pleased to announce staff moves.

Paula Easter has been serving as a case manager will add the responsibilities of admissions coordinator.

Lauren Grizzard has been hired as a therapist. She previously served as a field work student during her studies at VCU.

Tanyah Jones had been hired as the PQI (Performance Quality Indicators) specialist and will assist CEO Patricia Delano.

Della Greene, Ebony Gaither, and Michael Stokes have been named Program Coordinators to assist with the day-to-day operation of their respective cottage and supervise children and residential counselors.

Robert Lewis now serves as Purchasing Coordinator and helps the maintenance staff.

Shana Wikins has been promoted to the role of Transportation Leader. This role coordinates all daily appointments for children and the need for vehicles.

Vernita Ross and Adrienne Foster have been assigned to residential units to provide training for residential counselors to teach them how to implement Trauma-Informed interventions as recommended by the Building Bridges Initiative.

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 residential treatment services.

All of the children at JFBHS will benefit from the skills and abilities of these staff members in their assigned responsibilities. 

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services Elects New Trustees

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services  is pleased to announce the election two members to its Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth Feild, head of global Management and Professional Development for PAREXEL, has more than 18 years of experience with large scale leadership development.  She holds an undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University, a masters from American, and certificates in leadership development and business coaching from Harvard and Duke. As the great-granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild – donors of “Walnut Grove” – JFBHS holds a very special place in Feild’s heart.  Prior to job relocations to England and then Massachusetts, Feild served on the Jackson-Feild board of trustees.  Now that she and her family are back in North Carolina, Feild is thrilled to once again be actively involved in continuing the mission of JFBHS.

Stuart C. Leinenbach, Vice President and U.S. Manager for Iluka Resources, served multiple human resources and organizational effectiveness roles throughout his career.  Following a seven-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, he joined Siemens AG followed by Reynolds Metals Company.  Leinenbach holds an undergraduate degree from St. Leo University, and master’s degrees from both Bethany Theological Seminary and George Washington University.  He has served on the Virginia Governor’s Council of Career and Technical Education, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Studies.

Mary’s Café Serves Up Great Food and Service

Several times a year, staff members at Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) are invited to a special lunch at Mary’s Café.

Supervised by Mary Griffith and Shemille Dennis, on April 6 the students in the food occupations class at JFBHS prepared and served a restaurant-caliber lunch of French onion soup, steak, steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes, and strawberry-topped cheesecake.  Not only did the students plan and prepare the meal, they also performed the duties of host/hostess, and wait staff.

In the food occupations class, students learn everything about the food service business from ordering food and supplies to preparing and serving, accepting reservations by phone, fulfilling the role of wait staff, and cleaning the dining and kitchen areas. Students are also taught resume-writing skills and job-interviewing techniques.

The lessons taught by Griffith and Dennis are invaluable to the students.  While Mary’s Café is not open to the general public, the staff members who participated reported that the service was excellent and the meal was as good as any prepared in a commercial restaurant.

Farmville District United Methodist Women Support Jackson-Feild

Members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women; Jackson-Feild is the FDUMW 2017 mission recipient.

Each year at the Farmville District United Methodist Women’s annual prayer breakfast, a mission recipient is selected.  Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services (JFBHS) was thrilled to be chosen as the 2017 recipient.

JFBHS Vice President Tod Balsbaugh spoke to the 171 women present about Jackson-Feild and its programs, services and needs. Members were asked to bring games, arts & craft supplies, knitted items, sports equipment and school supplies. One member’s husband built two corn hole boards for which she made the bean bags.  Additionally, an offering was collected with the funds going to Jackson-Feild.

After the meeting held in South Hill, a number of attendees approached Balsbaugh with offers to help in the future.

JFBHS thanks the members of the Farmville District United Methodist Women for all they’ve done to help the children.

Feild Family Visits Jackson-Feild

Ninety eight years ago Mr. & Mrs. George W. Feild donated their ancestral home, Walnut Grove, to Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.  It was the dream of Mr. & Mrs. Feild to help girls with no home. They had lost a daughter in her infancy and made the gift of their home to help orphan girls.

Their generosity is and has been an inspiration to countless others to help children who have obstacles to overcome.

Members of the Feild family recently visited the campus. Beth Feild, her parents and children traveled to the campus and Grace Church. Beth is a former board member and hopes to re-join the Board of Directors. Her parents have visited many times over the years but it was the first time her children had visited the campus.

They met with Tricia Delano, CEO, and had lunch with the children.  The staff were thrilled to have members of the Feild family on campus and shared information about how they were helping boys and girls with emotional disorders.

Jackson-Feild Improvements

Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services recently completed several improvements in three separate locations on the campus.

Built in 1825, the historic manor home called “Walnut Grove” needed a new front porch due to deterioration in the original wood.  In addition, a wheel chair ramp was added to ensure that the facility is ADA-compliant.

Two houses originally built as residences for staff members were given a fresh coat of paint and new back decks, and new light fixtures in preparation for an on-campus program that JFBHS will launch in April. 

Rogers and Marshall Cottages also saw updates with new vinyl flooring to replace the old carpeting.   The bathrooms in the 1960s-built Rogers Cottage also received a facelift and remodeling.

This spring, JFBHS is looking fresher and brighter thanks to the work of Larry Pair and his maintenance staff.

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