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WHEREAS, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls was founded in Richmond in 1846, and has been serving youth in crisis for the past 175 years; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls continues to evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of their community with a trauma-informed approach to transitional living services, specialized K-12 education through their John G. Wood School, and therapeutic resources for youth with emotional and behavioral health needs; and
WHEREAS, in 2018, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls expanded to include an Independent Living Arrangement program to assist young Virginians who age out of the foster care system with their transition into society; and
WHEREAS, in 2020, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls expanded to include their Pride Place, which serves LGBTQ+ young adults who face housing uncertainty and homelessness; and
WHEREAS, in 2021, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls was approved as a Qualified Residential Treatment Program by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Social Services Division of Family Services; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Home for Boys and Girls serves the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable population and has given thousands of children a path to a brighter future in their 175 years of operation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize 2021 as the 175th ANNIVERSARY OF VIRGINIA HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.