Better Lives

Helping Residents Reach their Fullest Potential

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Resident Services

Transforming a community takes time. So wherever we go, we stay for the long term. At BHC, ours is a holistic, resident-focused commitment that delivers services to families and individuals that help them succeed and encourage personal potential in real and everyday ways. Our free and voluntary services for residents include:

  • Academic and cultural enrichment programs for youth
  • Early childhood and parent education
  • Individual counseling and referrals by experienced social service staff
  • Financial and career development services
  • Access to computer technology and health and wellness services

Our commitment is continuous. In effect, we become permanent residents of the communities we and our partners help revitalize. These critical services are supported by our annual fund. Your donation is key to making this possible.

“You (BHC) are positively impacting and shaping the lives of so many people… not only the children you work with regularly, but their families as well. I could not have asked for a better group of people to entrust my babies with.”
Winchester Greens resident

Helping Seniors Age in Place

Image: young volunteer with senior residentMore than 42 percent of BHC’s resident households are seniors age 55 and older. BHC’s eight communities for these active adults with low-to-moderate incomes are each with staffed community social workers and geriatric specialists onsite. Health screenings enable residents to manage and reduce the effects of chronic conditions. Exercise classes provide entertaining ways for residents to get moving, while nutrition classes promote healthy eating decisions. Social activities coordinated by BHC’s social workers help residents establish relationships with each other. All of these services improve quality of life.

“As seniors we feel comfortable, safe and secure. Our social worker and nurse provide so much to keep us aware of our health problems and needs, and assist the residents to make sure they have programs available to help them throughout the year.”

Carter Woods resident

Enriching Lives with Programs

Thanks to the generosity of donors, BHC is able to provide a wide array of programs to enrich the lives of children, adults, and seniors in our communities. Here are just a few:

  • Promoting Education:At our community centers, youth participate in after-school activities including programming to improve performance in school, and college tours for our teenage residents. We also offer services for adults and seniors including financial education, technical and vocational training, and workshops.
  • Socialization for Seniors: Through our partnership with Senior Connections, residents gather at BHC’s community centers for Friendship Café twice a week from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. They do crafts, help each other solve puzzles, do exercises and learn about good health and nutrition. Before leaving, they share a hot, nourishing lunch, free of charge.
  • Healthy Food Access: Thanks to the GRAIN program through our friends at FeedMore, our Resident Services staff prepares bags of free groceries, including fresh vegetables, for our senior residents twice a month. The service allows them to save money, eat healthier, and spend time cooking and sharing meals with loved ones.
  • Building Career Ladders: Our career navigator organizes job fairs at our communities where residents are able to connect with local business leaders such as Dominion Power and Amazon who are looking to fill positions.
  • Supporting Wellness: We work with Project Yoga, Fitness Warriors, and other organizations to arrange exercise opportunities for families and senior residents at BHC communities. Participating in yoga, Zumba, ballroom dance, swimming lessons and more, helps reduce stress and encourages an active lifestyle while having fun!

Shelter for Those in Need

BHC partners with Children’s Home Society to provide housing for youth who have aged out of foster care; the YWCA to provide victims of domestic and sexual abuse with safe housing; and the Veterans Administration to house homeless veterans.

Alliances & Partnerships