Commentary of Greenbrier Valley
What a year 2023 has been! Adventures in Learning saw steady growth in both attendance and content, offering fresh topics for lifelong learning to inquisitive adults throughout the Greenbrier and Meadow River Valleys. Gwen’s Meals is on track to deliver more than 7,000 freshly prepared meals to neighbors throughout Greenbrier County. We offer sincerest thanks to Teresa Bostic for her years of service and wish her well in her retirement! And we welcome our new Executive Director, Sarah Moloney, a native of Greenbrier County whose leadership will carry us forward.
On the eve of celebrating the Shepherd’s Center of Greenbrier Valley’s 25th anniversary, we are inspired to reflect on the impact this community anchor has made, in large part thanks to our network of partners.
Contributing to community is a tenet of SCGV and board member Brian DeRouen is no stranger to proving support to the gentle folks of Greenbrier County, and beyond. As co-director of the Alderson Hospitality House (AHH), Brian, his wife Kathleen, and their sons Micah and Vitale, provide support for those incarcerated at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp as well as their families and friends. When Brian joined the SCGV board he was intent on bringing Gwen’s Meals to Alderson. He and Kathleen were accustomed to preparing large quantities of meals for Hospitality House guests and they were also willing to deliver. Brian says, “While delicious and healthy food is an important component of Gwen’s Meals, connection and community are truly the heart of the program.” SCGV is fortunate to claim Brian and Kathleen DeRouen as network partners, and Brian as a dedicated board member.
Celebrating 25 years of positive impact is fulfilling, and as we look forward to the next 25 years of SCGV we are exceedingly aware that none of these accomplishments would have been possible without the unwavering support from our donors. Your contributions have a direct, positive impact on the lives of so many Greenbrier County participants, recipients, volunteers, and their families. This year we hope you will consider donating to the Shepherd’s Center of Greenbrier Valley; your donation to this 501(c)(3) organization is tax deductible. Any donations of $500 or more may receive NIP credits, if available.
It is because of your generosity that we may continue bringing services and resources to our Greenbrier County communities. On behalf of the SCGV staff, board, volunteers, and recipients we offer our sincerest appreciation and thanks!
Sally Lane, SCGV Board President,
and Sarah Moloney, Executive Director