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I Get To Sleep In a Bed?
October 2016
Special Projects Coordinator, Richard Byrd stands with Davis Stuart's booth at Taste of Our Towns in Lewisburg. 
Dear Friend,
 
The autumn and winter months are very busy for everyone at Davis Stuart. The teens are active in school and with various programs. The agency also participates and hosts several community events.  On October, 8th we will be participating in one of Lewisburg's best traditions, Taste of Our Towns (T.O.O.T.) to benefit Carnegie Hall and its many wonderful programs. The Davis Stuart booth will be set-up in front of Harmony Ridge Gallery selling amazing baked goods, all prepared by our Culinary Arts Students. Be sure to stop by, say, hi, and get a cookie...or two! October 26th Davis Stuart is hosting a Lasagna Dinner at St. James Episcopal Church in Lewisburg. All are welcome to enjoy a wonderful meal! On October 31st, look for us again at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center's Tailgate Trick-or-Treat. We always have such a great time dressing up and passing out candy to all the kiddos in a safe and fun environment. 

Be sure to follow us on social media and get up-to-date information about special Davis Stuart projects.
I Get To Sleep In a Bed?
As fun and exciting things are happening everyday at Davis Stuart, we must continue to provide therapeutic healing for the teens in our care. One such story is about a special young lady who we will call, Anne. Anne had quite an interesting arrival at Davis Stuart. She was a pre-teen in the Mercer County court system living with a legal guardian after both of her parent's rights had been terminated. The legal guardian expressed that Anne's behaviors were out of control so badly that she had to make Anne sleep on the couch because she did not trust her to have her own room. Because of the severe nature of the accusation, it seemed as if no agency in West Virginia could manage this child. The case workers in Mercer County knew these accusations against Anne were extreme. Davis Stuart got a call asking if we could intervene, and we did. Instead of being moved to an out-of-state facility, Davis Stuart was able to integrate Anne into our campus program in Lewsiburg where she was assesed clinically and educationally. After some time, the agency was able to accept Anne into our Bluefield Community Based Home. In this community based environment, she successfully re-integrated to her home community.

Getting to know Anne was a pleasure for staff and her peers. It was clear early on that we could help Anne with her behavioral and academic needs. Upon her arrival, she looked at the couch in the living room and asked, "Is this where I sleep?" Staff were taken by surprise at the question, When she was told she would have her own room she was still unsure and asked, "I get to sleep in a bed?" Davis Stuart tried to salvage the relationship between Anne and her legal guardian. After a few months of family counseling sessions, Anne decided she did not want to return to her legal guardian.

In her time at Bluefield, Anne excelled academically keeping a grade point average of 3.7-4.0. She also became an accomplished writer and poet. She submitted several pieces to local poetry contests and won. In addition, she also wrote a book and sent it off to different publishers, some of whom contacted her back. Assistant Group Home Director, Lindsey Fleming says: "It's not unusual for children who come from such terrible circumstances to still carry with them a level of maturity and intelligence. What was unusual about Anne is that she used her maturity and intelligence in a positive, responsible way."

Davis Stuart was able to connect Anne with a former foster family that cared for and loved her. Anne was discharged to the care of her new foster family in her home community of Mercer County. Anne continues to excel academically and is still a gifted author. 
Assistant Group Home Director, Lindsey Fleming and the Bluefield Community Based Home where Anne excelled in all areas. 
How Can YOU Help?
In order to continue to heal, prosper, and teach important values and lessons to the teens in our care, we need your monetary contributions. 100% of your donation goes directly to positively impacting the life of a child. We are delighted to have been awarded $5,000.00 in tax credits through the Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP). NIP was created in 1996 to increase charitable giving to local non-profit organizations, thus increasing the capacity of organizations like Davis Stuart to serve low-income persons in highly distressed neighborhoods. Businesses and individuals who contribute a minimum of $500.00 to Davis Stuart are eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the contributed amount in the form of state tax credits.
These credits go fast, make your investment TODAY!

No matter the size of your contribution, every dollar received has a significant impact on the ability Davis Stuart has to change the course of a young person's life. Click here to make your investment. All donations are tax-deductible. 

Don't forget, leaving a contribution in memory or honor of a loved one is a great way to keep their legacy for years to come. 

 
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