GreenSpace at HumanKind

Honoring the past, conserving the landscape for the future.

WHAT DOES YOUR CONSERVATION PLAN LOOK LIKE?

We are looking to add two synthetic fields (they are multi-marked fields for; soccer, football, lacrosse), one ADA pool, we will formalize two parking areas, add a concessions stand, bathrooms and a maintenance house. This plan does NOT include lights, bleachers, or a scoreboard.

WHY GREENSPACE & FIELDS?

This part of our city has been designated as a “Park Desert”. GreenSpace and room to be outdoors is needed. The community has a need for more fields for children to play. Specifically all-weather fields. In addition to that…we are continuously working to conserve our property to be a safe place for families to gather. To celebrate nature, explore new things, harness education and achieve physical health through a variety of activities. Having these fields as a draw allows us a chance to share all of the other wonders of our land in an unexpected way. Come to play soccer learn how to garden. Come to play football learn to fish. Come to play lacrosse learn about nature.

DO THE FIELDS HAVE LIGHTS?

No they do not.

WHO WILL PLAY ON THE FIELDS?

While the fields are private and must be booked through our office…they are available to anyone and everyone.

IS THERE A CHARGE TO USE THE FIELDS?

There will be a sliding scale to use the fields. If an organization cannot accommodate that fee there will be no charge.

WHY A POOL?

Our community has a great need for an ADA accessible pool. We are really excited to be able to accommodate this need.

WHO WILL SWIM IN THE POOL?

While the pool is private and it must be booked through our office as is the current policy with our existing 70+ year old pool…it will be available to anyone and everyone.

DO YOU HAVE THE MONEY FOR THIS PROJECT?

We will partially fund this project internally. The remaining balance of the project’s funding will come from a capital campaign.

WILL THERE BE A LOT OF TRAFFIC?

A traffic study was administered and revealed no impact. This study was approved by the City of Lynchburg.

We have demonstrated that we can host workshops, conferences, athletic practices, meets, and other related training as showcased with our commitment to the community. For the last 30 years we have been the home cross-country course to area schools including: EC Glass High School, Linkhorne Middle School, Sandusky Middle School, Virginia Episcopal School, Homeschool Groups, and has hosted conference meets as well as the ODAC championships.

HOW WILL LINDEN BE IMPACTED?

Linden should not be any more impacted then they currently are.

We have demonstrated that we can host workshops, conferences, athletic practices, meets, and other related training as showcased with our commitment to the community. For the last 30 years we have been the home cross-country course to area schools including: EC Glass High School, Linkhorne Middle School, Sandusky Middle School, Virginia Episcopal School, Homeschool Groups, and has hosted conference meets as well as the ODAC championships.

As an additional measure we have worked with google to identify Linden Avenue as a private entrance. This means if someone is using google to come to our address it will direct them by vehicle to the VES entrance driveway.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON THE CAMPUS NOW?

We offer a number of different programs and services that are available to our entire community. The purpose of our work is to engage people with a service that addresses whatever challenges they may be facing…we are able to uniquely match them with one of our 24 programs that help to address; mental health, family related services, early childhood development, developmental disabilities and families searching for economic opportunities.

To learn more about our programs and services, please visit our Impact Areas from our homepage.

WHAT’S YOUR MISSION?

At HumanKind, our mission is to strengthen individuals, families and communities through care, counseling and education.

At HumanKind, we envision a compassionate society where every person is valued, families are healthy and communities prosper.

WHY DID YOU CHANGE YOUR NAME?

Simply put our previous name was entirely too long…Presbyterian Homes and Family Services & the Family Alliance…Wheh!! We needed something that was short, simple and easy for people to connect with. HumanKind is our “doing business as” (DBA) name and our legal name continues to be Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, Inc. HumanKind is also more inclusive giving people comfort that we can help them no matter their background or religious affiliation.

WHO ARE THE SHOELESS WONDERS?

A group of determined orphaned boys living at the home during the early 1920’s developed a football team that work together to overcome obstacles, defy expectations, and become the SHOELESS WONDERS. This now legendary football team went undefeated and unscored upon for eight years.

There is currently a film being funded to help bring this story to the big screen.

The SHOELESS WONDERS film, inspired by true events, beautifully illustrates that success is not defined by our circumstances. One night after 12 year old BILLY BRANHAM and his little brother arrive at The Home, Billy sneaks out to run away and finds a group of orphan boys secretly playing football. Convinced to join them, Billy discovers his natural gift for the game and soon realizes his knack for football might be his ticket out of the orphanage and into a real family. As both Billy’s comradery with the team and love of the game grows, so does the sense of brotherhood and family among the orphans. Coach less underdogs without real equipment, the boy’s dream of becoming a real football team and playing in the annual New Year’s Eve Football Challenge. Their dream, brotherhood, and the childish sense of “wonder” not only drives them to become the legendary SHOELESS WONDERS but transforms the boys and redefines their understanding of what it means to be family.

Sara Elizabeth Timmins, Producer | CEO Life Out Loud Films

WHAT’S ON YOUR CAMPUS?

We are home to 166 acres of pristine GreenSpace. We encompass 4 unique habitats on our land. We have 16 miles of walking and running trails, purple marlin habitat, fishing pond, disc-golf course, Davis Instructional Community Garden, historic barns, outdoor pavilion, outdoor pool, gymnasium, meeting space, Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center (BRAAC) school for children with autism, Katie’s Place (day support for adults with autism), and 80+ HumanKind staff members serving the region with 24 programs and services including foster care, mental health services, home-visiting support, preschool education, maternal support groups, lactation, care for adults with development disabilities and many more!

CAN I RUN THERE?

Yes! Please do! Share your run and your experience with others! #humankindva #historicpreshomescampus

CAN I WALK MY DOG THERE?

Yes! Please keep your pet on leash and remember we have a lot of tiny people on the property so clean up after your pooch and be mindful of others!

CAN I FISH THERE?

Yes! We have an incredible pond! We have a day pass fishing license and a few poles at the front desk…so everyone can have a great experience with their kids.

WHAT OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE ON YOUR PROPERTY?

OH MY!! So many it’s tough to list…but here goes: walking trails, running trails, camp site, geocash site, cross-country course, disc golf course, outdoor pavilion, pool, basketball court, outdoor chapel, baseball field, fishing pond, community gardens, purple martin habitat, bird watching, four natural habitats, explore for bugs & wildlife, picnic space, backdrop for photography, and so much more!

CAN MY COMPANY HOST AN EVENT THERE?

Yes! We would love to have you! Contact our Facilities Manager Joni Addington (434) 384-3131 to find out more details about reserving a space!

CAN MY FAMILY TAKE PICTURES THERE?

Yes! We would love for you to! Contact our Facilities Manager Joni Addington (434) 384-3131 to find out more details about reserving a space! Share them with us via social media! #humankindva #historicpreshomescampus

CAN I RENT THE PROPERTY?

Yes! We would love to have you! Contact our Facilities Manager Joni Addington (434) 384-3131 to find out more details about reserving a space!

DO YOU HAVE A FOOD PANTRY?

Yes we do! Our Household + Food Pantry is part of our Ways to Work program…we encourage you to drop goods off there or at our 150 Linden Campus.

Here’s a list of our greatest needs.

DO YOU HAVE A CLOTHING CLOSET?

Yes we do! Our clothing closet supports many of our programs and clients. It is located on our main campus at 150 Linden Ave…we encourage you to donate gently clothing for men, women and children. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK THERE?

HumanKind employees more than 140 people across the state of Virginia. Our headquarters remains on the historic Presbyterian Homes Campus where 80+ team members work from taking programs and services into community-based settings.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU SERVE?

In 2017 we served over 6,000 incredible people.

WHO USES YOUR SERVICES?

Anyone and everyone! We have something for everyone.

HOW MANY PROGRAMS DO YOU HAVE?

We have 24! Here they are…Adult Group Homes, Adult Sponsored Homes, Adult Supervised Living, Child Care Resource Center, Children in the Middle, Counseling Center, Family Coaching, Family Education Partnership, Family Partnership Meetings, Financial Opportunity Center, Granting Freedom, Healthy Families, Housing First Lynchburg, Intensive In-Home Services, Life Skills for Adults, Life Skills for Youth, Little Wings Afterschool Program, Little Wings Preschool, Mental Health Skill Building Services, Parent Child Nurturing Classes, Therapeutic Foster Care, Ways to Work, Workforce Development, Youth Outreach

ARE YOU PRIVATE OR PUBLIC?

We are a private non-profit organization. We do welcome the general public to come over and visit us!

ARE YOU FINANCIALLY SOUND?

Yes. Our funding model is 3 part. One part investment reserve returns, one part contributions, one part program & service revenue.

WHO USES YOUR PROPERTY?

We have so many folks over here! Here is the list from 2017…25+ Cross-Country Teams from around the state, Against All Odds AAU Football, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center (BRAAC), Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Camp Ausome, Central VA United Soccer, College Hill Rec Center, First Presbyterian Church, Katie’s Place Day Support, Kerr Fast pitch Softball, Liberty Christian Academy, Lighthouse Kids, Little League, Little Wings After-School, Little Wings Preschool, Lynchburg Area Bikers, Lynchburg Home School Athletics, Lynchburg Youth Group Home, Onward Christian Preschool, Rivermont Evangelical Church, Special Olympics: Cheer Team, Sports Outreach, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Thomas Terrace Baptist Church, VA Prep Academy, Vector Space, Yoder Rec Center, Hill City Master Gardeners, Life Out Loud Films, Lynchburg City Schools, Lynchburg Human Services, Abbott Labs Anniversary Celebration, Big Brothers Big Sisters Summer Celebration, BWXT Family Day, Centra Pathways Recovery Fest, Healthy Families Summer Celebration, June 5K Road Race, Lighthouse Christmas Banquet, Little Wings Fall Festival, Living Word Church Family Picnic, Lynchburg Toy Run (benefiting HumanKind & Miller Home), Pottstown Presbyterian, Presbyterian Homes Alumni , Camp Meadowlark, Camp Timothy, Camp Zion, College Hill Rec Center, Katie’s Place Day Support, Lighthouse Kids, Little Wings Summer Camp, Living Word Church, Lynchburg Group Home, Lynchburg Youth Group Home, Thomas Terrace Baptist Church.

WHY AREN’T YOU STILL AN ORPHANAGE?

We have the ability today to uniquely assess and place children based on their individual needs. In today’s modern society we are allowed a process that is more customized to help to create a home environment for each child that better fulfills their specific needs.