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:
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 churchs willingness to address this difficult issue and to become involved in its solution.
Has a Vision...
The Virginia Annual Conferences 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:
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.
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.
For additional information, please call (804)-795-9813
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