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Vol. 5, Issue 4 — April 2019

 Boys Home Church Day
Boys Home would like to invite you and your congregation to attend our first ever church day at the Boys Home campus. April is such a beautiful time of year to visit the Boys Home campus! The day will include lunch with the students, a tour of campus, time to talk with students and staff, and a closing prayer in the chapel. We're looking forward to this opportunity to share our organization with the Virginia faith community and we would love to see you!

We hope to see you at Boys Home on Tuesday, April 30!

Shrove Tuesday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
in Covington
Boys Home students enjoyed a delicious pancake supper at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Covington on Tuesday, March 5. The occasion was Shrove Tuesday. So what does Shrove mean? It is the past tense of the word "shrive," which means to confess and receive absolution. Traditionally a day of repentance, it has evolved into a day of celebration and feasting before Lent begins, when participants typically fast during the Lenten season. At the dinner, students served pancakes, sausage, and drinks to the congregation of Emmanuel and members of the Covington community.  

Houseparent Aaron Smith and students Abe, Christian, Sekou, Eason,
James, and Carlos

Thank You to Trinity Episcopal Church
in Portsmouth, VA 
Paul and Randolph visited Boys Home, delivering a gift of new folding chairs and a chair rack to Boys Home School from Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. Boys Home is so grateful for their partnership and generosity! 
Paul and Randolph from Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth 

A Note from Chaplain Anne Grizzle:
Creative Lenten Practices for Growing
Chaplain Anne Grizzle with Carlos, Loubens, and Mulu during
cottage discipleship time
Every Monday after chapel, Chaplain Anne Grizzle visits each cottage for a discipleship time. At the beginning of Lent, everyone considered the opportunity to observe a holy Lent by pondering what they might give up and what they might take on. Students came up with some creative ideas. While some gave up sweet tea or desserts, others are working to give up angry outbursts, teasing friends, or procrastination. All students are reading the gospel of Mark during this semester,  but some students took on some personal spiritual goals of additional Bible reading such as a Proverb a day, Psalms, or even all four gospels. Other students decided to make a personal goal of praying each evening, adding a morning prayer for each day, or working to improve family relationships. Of course, like all who seek to use Lent as a time to grow spiritually, the students have had some ups and downs in their efforts. Cottage discipleship time gives them the chance to reflect and take each new day as an opportunity to give Lenten goals another try. This requires always asking God for strength and grace. It is good to have the community of faith in the cottage to remind and encourage everyone as they seek to grow with God. 

Quilt Raffle Underway!
 Make a difference in the life of a young man.
Can you imagine this beautiful quilt in your home?
Executive Director Donnie Wheatley's sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for the raffle. This quilt is a modified Around the World pattern. The quilt measures 90.5" x 99" and fits a queen-sized bed. 
Your donation helps provide housing, education, and basic living expenses for young men whose lives have been impacted by poverty or family instability. Together, we can give each boy at Boys Home a chance at success! 
Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket and $45 for 10 tickets. The drawing will take place on May 7. All proceeds go to Boys Home of Virginia. For tickets or information, please call (540) 965-7703 or send an email to
Help us reach our goal of $5,000! Best of luck winning this wonderful quilt!

Students John, Darren, Joshua, and Jude with the quilt

 How Can I Help?
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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414 Boys Home Road
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