News: For Immediate Release
Grafton Clients Receive Standing Ovation at the Leo Induction Ceremony
Berryville, Virginia, October 25, 2012 –Fifteen clients served at Grafton Integrated Health Network’s Berryville facility received a standing ovation as they were inducted into the Leo Club on October 18th. Sharon Hart, District Governor provided the welcome and opening remarks and Wayne Madden, past International Director for the Lions Club facilitated the initiation ceremony at the Blue Ridge Fire Hall in Bluemont, Virginia.
Grafton clients were recognized for giving back to their local community by sponsoring two families in Clarke County for Thanksgiving as well as their charitable contributions to the needy and the elderly.
“I could not be prouder of our young community leaders for their dedication and commitment to giving back to their community. It was very satisfying to be part of their induction ceremony and celebration last week”, said Tony Sanders, Director of Operations.
Leo clubs provide youth volunteer opportunities and place to grow, learn and have fun. The Grafton Leo club meets on the second Wednesday of each month and the club has had two official meetings to date. Prior to becoming official members of the Leo Club, clients volunteered at the food pantry located at the Stephens City United Methodist Church. A number of exciting activities are planned for the near future including the following:
• Lions district fall conference in Stanton, Virginia on November 3rd
• Food drive to benefit two local families during Thanksgiving
• Ringing the bell for the Salvation Army during the holiday season
• Berryville Christmas Parade
• Adopt a Senior Citizen at a local nursing home
• Participation in the “Adopt a U.S. Soldier Program”
Leo clubs are sponsored by local Lions clubs through Lion Clubs International, the world’s largest community service organization, with 1.3 million members across the globe. The first Leo club was started in 1957 and today, there are more than 5,700 clubs in approximately 140 countries. The objective of the Leo Club Program is “…to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community. ”
About Grafton Integrated Health Network
Grafton Integrated Health Network (GIHN) is a private, nonprofit organization that has served children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges for more than 50 years. As an industry leader in behavioral healthcare, we empower vulnerable and high-risk populations to lead better, more independent lives. Using a client-centered medical home model, GIHN provides continuous and coordinated services from short-term stabilization and residential services to outpatient to educational and career and technical training. These programs along with a data-driven, trauma-informed model help the organization to develop successful plans of care and clients to thrive in a variety of settings.
GIHN provides a continuum of services to children, youth and adults including applied behavior analysis, early intervention, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, a short-term stabilization program, special education programs, community-based group homes, intensive outpatient program and outpatient services.
For more information on Grafton Integrated Health Network’s services and expertise, please visit www.grafton.org.
Tel: 703-777-3485 ext 1326