This month, we are learning about and praying for Boys Home of Virginia, founded in 1906 by The Rev. G. Floyd Rogers, the local priest for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Covington, located in southwestern Virginia. Reverend Rogers saw a need for education and religion in this rural area, and in 1911 a schoolhouse and chapel were built. He named the humble institution “The Industrial School and Farm for Mountain Children and Home for Homeless Boys.”

For more than 100 years, Boys Home has been successful in helping young men develop their potential in four key ways: mentally, physically, socially and spiritually. By providing young men with a caring, committed and supportive environment, they’re given the tools they need to grow into responsible, contributing citizens and members of society.

Boys Home provides care and education for young men from ages 6 to 18. Some have no suitable home. Others have difficulties that might best be solved away from their immediate home. Most Boys Home residents are placed there by parents or guardians. The Boys Home program offers caring emotional support and guidance, on-campus schooling until a boy is prepared for public schools, a religious life program focused on building a boy spiritually, and vocational or technical training. Families are charged on a sliding scale according to their ability to pay for services. No boy is turned away due to his family’s inability to pay; extensive scholarships are available.

Boys Home is as secure as the mountains it’s nestled in. But continuing social, economic and technological change mean that this institution is as important as ever. All successful men were once boys. But not all boys become successful men. Sometimes, they’re missing positive role models or a supportive quality of life. Boys Home of Virginia provides both, and successful men are the result.  Men who will take care of their families. Men who will contribute their gifts. Men who will be role models for the next generation of men. Please give generously this Sunday to support this ministry.

 

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