Youth in Crisis

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CSER 503-001: LIBERTY GODPARENT HOME
CSER 507-001: CENTRAL VIRGINIA COMMUNITY SERVICES
CSER 509-001: LYNCHBURG JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
CSER 511-001: HUMANKIND
CSER 515-001: OPPORTUNITY HOUSE
CSER 516-001: SPARC HOUSE
CSER 518-001: PATRICK HENRY FAMILY SERVICES
CSER 519-001: MILLER HOME FOR GIRLS
CSER 535-001: OLD DOMINION JOB CORPS (STARS INITIATIVE)
CSER 541-001: DAWSON MCALLISTER ASSOCIATION HOPELINE
CSER 543-001: SALVATION ARMY - INNER CITY
 

CSER 503-001: LIBERTY GODPARENT HOME
Supervisor: Essence Lewis (592-4402 or Email) 

PLEASE NOTE:
-No applications will be accepted after the “add/drop” deadline.
-Interviews and application process must be completed before being accepted.

Lend Your Talents/Lead Activities
Help facilitate entertainment: arts and crafts, classes, music lessons, etc. 

Spiritual Enrichment?
Each day we start with devotions… nothing too intense, something to help these ladies see Christ through you!  Please know that this is an early morning activity… usually starting at 8:30 a.m.

Lifeguard & Water Aerobics??
Our facility has an indoor pool. We enjoy having a consistent volunteer that can come lead a weekly water aerobic class and randomly offer swimming lessons as needed.  **Must be lifeguard certified.

Daily Exercise?
Want to help our ladies stay fit?  If you think you could lead a mild aerobics, dance, yoga or even Zumba class, this might be the opportunity for you.

Group Craft Activity
Do you love Pinterest? Are you crafty and love to work with their hands?  Then we would love to have you come over and help our ladies tap in to their creativity!

Other options to consider:

Tutor
Volunteers are always needed to assist our ladies in a number of different subjects!

Extreme Couponing
We are always looking for ways to be better stewards of the funds God has blessed us with! The student must have transportation, knowledge of couponing and time to shop.

Babysitting and Childcare?
We offer a monthly support group for which we need childcare. You will be required to provide care for children between ages of newborn and 5 years. Don’t worry, you won’t be alone. We typically utilize multiple volunteers for this activity.

Pease visit our Volunteer Application page to complete a CSER application.  

Godparent Home Website

Last updated: 4/1/14

CSER 507-001: CENTRAL VIRGINIA COMMUNITY SERVICES
Supervisor: Kathy Banks (948-4831 or Email)

Central Virginia Community Services provides the opportunity to gain clinical experience through our internship programs. Internship placements can be found in either Adult & Family Services or Child and Family Services. Some benefits of your internship include direct clinical experience with clients; supervision from experienced and supportive clinicians, training in writing progress notes, treatment plans, and other clinical documentation; and increased knowledge of community resources.  The following departments have need for volunteers: MH/MR Case Management and MH Supports; Parent Center; School Based MH programs - Day Treatment; Outpatient Services - Health & Education; Detoxification Program.

Last updated: 3/5/13

CSER 509-001: LYNCHBURG JUVENILE DETENTION HOME
Supervisor: Pamela Jeffries (434-455-7889 or Email)


A. To provide tutoring services to juveniles to improve reading and writing skills that hopefully will serve to enhance individual self-esteem.

B. Art majors, or those students skilled in crafts, are needed to assist in teaching arts & crafts to juveniles in our custody. Hopefully this interaction would also serve to enhance the self-esteem of the juveniles, and will let them know that someone is interested in them as human beings.

Last updated: 9/18/14

CSER 511-001: HUMANKIND
Supervisor:  Michelle McMcCormick (455-3639 or Email) or Brandon Gregory (384-3131 ext.3636 or Email)
Since our start in 1903, we have helped over 10,000 individuals become healthier, more independent citizens through programs that address emotional, physical and spiritual needs. We provide residential homes, a preschool and an independent living program on our Lynchburg campus for children and teens, and group homes across Virginia for adults with intellectual disabilities. HumanKind accepts clients from all walks of life. Our ministry promotes dignity and develops potential by transforming the lives of individuals, families and communities through nurture, healing and encouragement.

There are many opportunities to volunteer with us at HumanKind, including mentoring, tutoring, recreational activities and special events. We invite individuals and groups to share their time with our residents; providing positive and consistent role models who can be active in their lives.

Last updated: 8/7/14

CSER 515-001: OPPORTUNITY HOUSE
Supervisor: Linda Blass (455-4071 or
Email) or Pam Johnson (455-4073 or Email)
Opportunity House is a community-based residential program for at-risk, male adolescents. Our mission is to offer youth and their families, solutions for life challenges by providing tools to build a better tomorrow. As a result of this mission, we view the youth as “students of life” and the staff and volunteers are the “teachers of life.”

Volunteers, working in a number of roles under the supervision of trained staff, can make a difference in the lives of our youth.

  • Counseling practicum or internships can include not only individual and group work, but also, family counseling
  • Tutoring or helping students with homework (research clearly shows that the further that one goes in school the less likely one is to penetrate the justice system.)
  • Recreation leader (may include a number of activities ranging from jogging, hiking, fishing to group activities such as basketball).
  • Arts and crafts facilitator
  • Multi-cultural events coordinator
  • Special group leader, e.g., Bible study

In addition to the roles where the volunteer works with the youth, volunteers can help behind the scenes by:

  • Helping develop training PowerPoint’s or videos
  • Painting or light maintenance
  • Special cleaning, e.g., waxing floors
  • Other special support projects—landscaping

Last updated: 2/17/09

CSER 516-001: SPARC HOUSE
Supervisor:
Ruth Talian (455-5715 or Email)
SPARC House provides Shelter Care (short-term and long-term residential) to girls (ages 12-17) who are primarily referred by the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court and/or Social Services agencies in Lynchburg and surrounding counties.  For girls in the full program the average length of stay is six to nine months, during which time, they are provided with individual and group counseling, as well as family meetings and structured home visits with their guardians. SPARC House has adopted the "Victim to Survivor" model to help transition these adolescents from "Victim Based Living" to "Survivor Based Living" in a seven gender specific behavioral modification focused program.  Successful graduates are able to take accountability for their actions, have increased self-esteem, enhanced leadership skills, improved decision making skills, have completed several hours of community service, and have addressed issues of restorative justice with their victims. 

Services provided to residents: 
Independent living skills 
Anger management skills 
Social skills 
Communication skills 
Referral for necessary appointments (mental health, medication management, dental services, various medical conditions) 
Individual counseling 
Strong family component via bi-weekly family meetings to address placement issues, family stressors, parenting skills, and home visit follow-ups

Last updated: 4/7/14

CSER 518-001: PATRICK HENRY FAMILY SERVICES
Supervisor:
Ben Saunders (434-568-7243 or Email) or Samantha Gooch (804-307-4882 or Email)

Patrick Henry Family Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit children and family ministry designed to provide boys and girls with a safe place to grow based on Christian values. The program focuses on prevention rather than treatment. We have three sections to our services, our Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes, our Hope for Tomorrow counseling, and our Hat Creek Camps and Conferences. We have residential care opportunities, camping opportunities and community outreach opportunities.

RESIDENTIAL SERVICES:

The residential child-care program reaches out a loving hand to children ages 6-17. Volunteers have the opportunity to tutor and to assist with daily activities. Students may volunteer at the Boys Home in Brookneal, The Rustburg Girls Cottage, or the Bedford Girls Cottage. Ongoing Needs: African American male and female students to support our African American residents.

OUTREACH SERVICES:


Patriot Sports Program
Patriot sports is an outreach and community-based program offered by Patrick Henry Family Services. (Insert Mission Statement here – jobs here)

Camping Program Opportunities: Hat Creek Camps and Conferences
CampBlast

Last updated: 9/23/14

CSER 519-001: MILLER HOME FOR GIRLS
Supervisor:
Ashlie Manuel (845-0241 or Email)
Miller Home of Lynchburg is a residential group home for non-delinquent girls ages 5 to 18 who are unable to live with their parent/guardian. Students may volunteer Monday through Thursday in the evening and spend time tutoring, working with games and crafts, and playing outside with the residents. Other volunteer experiences will be considered on a case by case basis.

Last updated: 3/4/13

CSER 535-001: OLD DOMINION JOB CORPS
Supervisor: Reginald Walker (434-929-4081 or
Email)
Job Corps' mission is to attract eligible young adults, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education. The STARS initiative is a mentoring and tutoring program that uses volunteers to help this young men and women achieve these goals.

Last update: 6/21/10
 

CSER 541-001: DAWSON MCALLISTER ASSOCIATION HOPELINE
Supervisor: Kathryn Craig (540-330-9215 or
Email)
Dawson McAllister Association's HopeLine's mission is to reach, rescue and restore teenagers and young adults. The HopeLine is an off-air line that listens, encourages, shares the love of Christ, prayer and offers a Christian perspective and resources to further their healing process.  A student HopeCoach is trained to listen, encourage, offer scripture and a Christian perspective, prays and offers resources to teens and young adults through the phones and chats.

Last updated: 9/2/14

CSER 543-001: SALVATION ARMY - INNER CITY
Supervisor: Nancy Shivers (845-5939 or Email) or Wayne Wade (426-3388 or Email)

The Salvation Army (TSA) offers several volunteer opportunities: the Soup Kitchen, the Family Store, Property Maintenance, Child Care Volunteers, and the Red Kettles. In the Soup Kitchen, TSA serves breakfast and dinner 365 days a year. Volunteers are needed to set up, prepare, serve, clean up and minister to the guests. The Family Store is a resale store that is open Tues-Sat from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help process and sort donations. The Family Store ministers to clients of TSA as well as to the general public. We hold a life skills class for our residents here on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30PM, some which have children who need childcare during the class. Red Kettle volunteers are needed to ring the bell at area red kettles between mid November and Christmas Eve. All funds raised from the red kettles go to help families in need in Central Virginia.

Last updated: 7/14/14

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