Champions

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.

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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.

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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.

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Rallying Around Roger: Teen Triumphed Over Trouble

Roger took a seat at the head of the large wooden table that occupies a private conference space in a South Chesterfield library. Sitting opposite Roger was his mother, Linda. To Roger’s left was his stepfather, Mike, and younger brother, Mikey. The family gathers here sometimes for meetings.

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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. Justin’s eyes are fixed on the floor-to-ceiling mirrors

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Big Hearts. Big Motivation. Big Results.

Parents. Advocates. Teachers. Mentors. Thinkers. Doers. Unwavering. Champions.

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A Step in the Right Direction

Nick doesn’t have much to say about orange jumpsuits, handcuffs, or the cell in which he stayed for more than three years. In fact, he’s decided he’d rather just put the whole juvenile corrections facility experience behind him.

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Bringing Travis Home: Teen Found Light at End of Long and Treacherous Trail

Hysterical. “Completely in crisis.” In desperate need of care. “One of the least favorite calls an officer wants to get.” Just 9 years old. “Travis is still to this day the youngest person I’ve had to take to the hospital for a mental evaluation.”

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Finding Their Forever Family

“Mr. Britt is unique,” reflected UMFS Family Support Specialist Melissa Lee. Michael Britt is a single father who created a loving home for his son Corjah, 14. In 2014, he got a call that would change his life, and dramatically expand his family.

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Charterhouse School Culinary Students: Changing Lives One Dish at a Time

The menu for today is rack of lamb served with roasted asparagus, glazed carrots and quinoa, with a berry trifle for dessert. You might think you’re dining in a five star restaurant, but this menu was developed and prepared by the UMFS Charterhouse School culinary students.

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