Our group homes are located on a 30+ acre park-like campus in Henrico County, Virginia. This neighborhood setting provides ample space for quiet walks or exciting ball games on our fields. Read Emma’s story to find out how important our Group Care Services are to a child in crisis.
Imagine you live in poverty. Now imagine that what little you own just went up in flames due to a house fire. This is what happened to Emma and her mom. They were left homeless and had no other family support. Unfortunately, mom found drugs as a way to cope with her loss and didn’t have the resilience to secure new housing for her daughter. Emma was neglected. For two years, the toxic stress of homelessness and a drug-addicted mother took its toll. Emma’s emotional and behavioral health suffered. Child Protective Services intervened and 12-year-old Emma was placed at VHBG in need of trauma-informed care. Over the next nine months, Emma lived at VHBG in a safe supportive environment in one of our group homes. She began to heal. Emma and her mom participated in family and individual counseling and are on their way to being reunited. I’m sure you understand how Emma aches for a place to call home with her mom but she is so thankful that VHBG is here for her now. Emma has hope for a better life with her mom and, because of donors who make VHBG possible, a brighter future awaits her.