Meet Brandon. He’s one of 100 children and young adults with severe disabilities who live at St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk.
St. Mary’s was the perfect spot for Brandon to receive the loving care he needed. A place where he could feel at home, but also receive medical, therapeutic, educational and recreational services.
St. Mary’s Home has a long history in Norfolk, dating back to World War II, when the home was originally opened by Roman Catholic nuns to care for abandoned and orphaned children. Since then, St. Mary’s has been growing and changing, and by the 1980s, the Home had become what it is today: a private, nonprofit organization that provides expert around-the-clock care for children with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.
Community support helps keep St. Mary’s Home alive.
“We are so grateful to the Hampton Roads community for always stepping up to support St. Mary’s Home,” Wayne Jones, St. Mary’s CEO, said. “Any contribution, whether it’s your time as a volunteer or a donation, is a gift that helps young people with severe disabilities live well and receive the best care in a warm, homelike environment.”
If you’d like to show your support for St. Mary’s Home, there’s a fun way you can do it. The Home’s annual “It’s Fall, Ya’ll” is this Friday, Sept. 22, from 5-8 p.m., at St. Mary’s Home (6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, Va., 23502).
More Perfect Jones will play live bluegrass, Tradition Brewing Company will be pouring their beers, and Baker’s Crust will serve up pulled pork BBQ, smoked beef brisket, pork belly tacos, oysters on the half shell and vegetarian items. There will be cornhole and even a visit from the Hampton Roads Superhero Squad.
It’s a family friendly event that will help ensure that other families, like Brandon’s, have the help they need. Your attendance and support means the world to these kids.
Here is the link to buy your tickets in advance.