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On September 24, 1995, twenty-one public hearings were held across Virginia so United Methodists could listen to parents and other professionals speak about their needs and concerns. Following were some of the findings that emerged from those hearings:

  • Parents of developmentally disabled children are desperate for peace of mind. They are searching for quality programs for their children.
  • Nearly 400 people came to the hearings, and 81% voiced a preference for a church-related home above any other type.
  • Families desire a spiritual-based program and home for their children.

The United Methodist Church listened to many frustrations, needs, and hopes expressed by the hundreds of parents present. Those parents expressed much gratitude for the church’s willingness to address this difficult issue and to become involved in its solution.

Has a Vision...

The Virginia Annual Conference’s Commission on Ministry to Persons with Handicapping Conditions has developed a wonderful solution for parents of developmentally disabled children who need placement in a residential setting. Heart Havens, Inc. Is that solution. Created as a not-for-profit agency, Hearts’ vision is to provide residential alternatives for disabled persons of all faiths and backgrounds, not just those of the United Methodist denomination.

Has a Mission...

Heart Havens, Inc. Is a ministry of the United Methodist Church that provides for the residential needs of persons with disabilities through the development and management of homes which exemplify the love of Christ. This ministry is accomplished by:

  • Establishing and promoting a conference-wide effort to address the residential needs of persons with disabilities;
  • Involving local churches in a significant conference ministry;
  • Encouraging client involvement in the life of the community and its churches;
  • Respecting the individual’s uniqueness, dignity, and worth;
  • Ministering to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each resident;
  • Understanding the concerns and needs of each resident’s family; and
  • Affirming God’s love and care for all of God’s people.

Needs Your Help...

Please pray for this new and exciting minist ry. We would ask your support of Heart Havens, Inc. as a new project of the Virginia Annual Conference, United Methodist Men, and other ministries supervised by the Commission on Ministry to Persons with Handiacapping Conditions. If you would like more information, or would like to become involved personally, financially, or in some other way with this new project, please contact us at the address, phone, and/or fax below.

Heart Havens, Inc.
4016 West Broad St.
P. O. Box 11367
Richmond, Va. 23230
(800) 768-6040, Ext. 302
(804) 359-7302
Fax (804) 359-3187

Good Neighbor Village

Good Neighbor Village was incorporated in 1987 as a private , non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Their mission is to provide a supervised residential facility designed to promote maximum growth for adults with mild and moderate retardation. The village intends to serve an eventual population of 80 residents who live in a family-oriented environment in homes that accommodate 6-8 individuals.

There is strong evidence of need across the Nation and in our community for the village. In September of 1994, the National Association of Retarded Citizens reported that there were more than 63,000 mentally retarded individuals waiting for residential placement in the United States. As of January 1996, there were more than 420 mentally retarded persons in the greater Richmond area waiting for the residential placement.

The Village always needs volunteers to help with Special Events, Mailings, Arts and Crafts, Music Programs, Gardening and Landscaping, Nature and Environmental Programs, and Sporting Events.

Now more than ever, The Village needs to employ the resources from our private and corporate sectors. Your contribution will help to make a difference. All contributions to the Good Neighbor Village, Inc. are tax deductible. Contributions can be sent to:

Good Neighbor Village, Inc.
PO Box 38413
Richmond, VA. 23231

For additional information, please call (804)-795-9813

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