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The Jones Family: Caring for Kids and Kin

The Jones Family: Caring for Kids and Kin

When Sherrika Jones learned in 2015 that she had a young cousin in foster care, she and her husband immediately contacted social services and expressed their desire to adopt. “We trusted who Cierra was with,” Sherrika said. “But we wanted her to be with family.” At...
Luan Laying the Groundwork for His Future

Luan Laying the Groundwork for His Future

Ask Luan about landscaping, and he’ll tell you he digs it. It hasn’t always been that way, though. “I didn’t think it was any fun,” Luan said of his first few days as an apprentice.But after cleaning out and replanting his first flower bed, the UMFS Charterhouse...
From Foster Care to College Campus

From Foster Care to College Campus

Melvin was walking briskly along one of the many shaded and brick-lined paths on Old Dominion University’s campus in downtown Norfolk when it dawned on him. “Wait, what’s today’s date,” he asked as he came to an abrupt halt in his linen-white sneakers. “It’s March 27?...
Embracing the Chance to Dance

Embracing the Chance to Dance

Twelve-year-old Kenyon stands shoeless atop the sprawling padded mat that blankets the dance studio floor. He takes a breath, leans forward, places his hands on his knees and bends an ear toward his dance instructor, Justin Holloway. Kenyon’s eyes are fixed on Justin....
Big Hearts. Big Motivation. Big Results.

Big Hearts. Big Motivation. Big Results.

Parents. Advocates. Teachers. Mentors. Thinkers. Doers. Unwavering. Champions. For much of Rai and Marie Beasley’s 35 years of marriage, the couple has been advocating for high-risk children. Rai learned through his own experiences with childhood homelessness...
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