Imagine the sound of a large, iron bell ringing in the distance on a cold and snowy day – not once, but 27 times.
Any time this bell on our campus can be heard ringing, you can expect that a happy occasion of some kind just occurred. Libbie was ringing that bell with all her might. With a huge smile on her face, she was telling the world that she’d found a home just in time for Christmas.
It was a long road for Libbie and she’d spent 27 months at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls learning to heal from her trauma, learning to build relationships, and working on how to transition to a new school and home.
At 15, Libbie had already spent more than half of her life in treatment facilities and failed to find success in a foster-to-adopt home.
The missing step for her was not having appropriate time and care to transition to a lower level of care. Severe abuse and neglect in her young life had left her with an uncorrected vision problem, depression, and behavior challenges.
But Libbie was able to have a happy childhood and experience the joy of life while at VHBG because federal employees provided the most natural environment for her while still providing her with the supports she needed. Libbie won student of the month several times at our John G. Wood School and received the counseling she needed from our Therapeutic Resource Center located just steps away from the group home she shared with other girls.
At Libbie’s going away party, she expressed gratitude for everyone’s love. She said she appreciated everything that everyone had done for her and that she would never forget VHBG.
Please consider making a payroll gift of any size to VHBG through the Combined Federal Campaign. By giving through payroll, you continuously ensure that VHBG can provide specialized education, therapeutic resources, and a safe and supportive environment to youth. Your generous support of VHBG through the Combined Federal Campaign also ensures youth like Libbie have hope for their future and can have their own bell-ringing moment. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our youth through your CFC contributions!