HISTORY
 
Historical Statement
 
The Children’s Home of Virginia Baptist, Inc. (The Home, formally known as the “Virginia Negro Baptist Children’s Home”) was founded in 1947 by Dr. Charles S. Dodd as an orphanage for Black Children. Dr Dodd’s inspiration came from two pivotal events – a promise he made to his wife and a call he responded to at the Petersburg General Hospital. The patient was a homeless, black child who had been found by a Petersburg police officer. Dr. Dodd began the difficult journey to get a home started. Dr. Dodd committed to give the first financial donation ($5000.00) and enlisted the support of his pastor, some of his close friends, and several of the Baptist Associations/Conventions in the state of Virginia to do the same. This effort resulted in a commitment from these individuals and groups that produced the first $30,000.00 needed to get The Home started. The Home received its certificate of Incorporation in 1947 as a result of the efforts of Dr. M. Jackson White and two committees he chaired.
 
The Home was originally operated under the authority of a Board of Trustees appointed by the Baptist General Association, the Baptist General Convention, and the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Today, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the Virginia Baptist Stat Convention appoint members to the Board of Trustees. CHVB continues to receive support from many individuals, churches, clubs and organizations across the State of Virginia.
 
The Home is located on 265 acres of land, formally known as the Jackson Farm, in Chesterfield County. CHVB officially opened and received its first nine children on December 7, 1947. CHVB provided the experience of home living for all children regardless of race, creed or color.  The goal was to help these children to experience stability in their lives in order that they might become well rounded, productive, contributing members of society.  The Home sought to provide the children in its care with the educational, social, cultural and religious opportunities afforded to other children. 
 
Since 1948, the capacity and landscape of CHVB has changed.  In 1951, a boy’s dormitory, equipped to house 20 boys, was completed and named the Pauline F. Dodd Building, in memory of the wife of Dr. Charles S. Dodd. In 1955, Mr. Craddock J. Nunnally completed construction of a girl’s dormitory that was also equipped to house 20 girls and was named Jones Hall. At the time that addition the capacity to house up to forty children, and the minimum age of admission was changed from 3 years old to 24 months (2 years old).  Subsequently a residence hall, the Robert’s Building, was constructed to accommodate teenage boys.  In 1971, the Jones Cottage (Jones Hall) was modified to function as the counseling center for children and family services.  The L.C. Johnson Building, that is named for Reverend L.C. Johnson, a member of an earlier Board of Trustees, was opened in 1971 to house teenage girls.  The Mack Cottage for boys was constructed in 1981.  This facility was opened to meet licensing space requirements.  The Mack Cottage, was named for Mrs. Janice Mack, Director of CHVB (1972-2000).
 
The Ritchie Multi-purpose Building, opened in 1999.  The Ritchie building was named in recognition of the contributions made by Mr. J. S. Ritchie and his family.  The facility was designed to address and support the needs of the residents of CHVB and the surrounding community.  
 
Previously the physical layout of CHVB consisted of the director’s home, an administrative building, a multi-purpose building, three cottages, two fishing ponds, an enclosed recreation area for young children, one open recreational area for older children, a baseball field, a picnic shelter, a trade shop and a Boy Scout Hut.  Today, one fishing pond has been closed and three cottages are offline and in need of repair.
 
Since it's inception, the Home has had seven Superintendents/Administrators and Matrons/Directors.
 
December 1947, Mr. & Mrs. Elijah P. Jones - Instrumental in providing foundational structure, organization, and overall operations protocols as the first Superintendent and Matron.
 
August 1957, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse G. Blowe - Organization of a Children’s Choral Group by Mrs. Blowe, building repairs, ground enhancements, and installation of grounds lighting under the direct work effort and/or supervision of Mr. Blowe.
 
November 1959, Mr. Joseph Harris - Implemented participation in the 4-H Club activities and the organization of the Home’s first Boy Scout Troop, under the leadership of Mr. Blowe and Mr. Harris.
 
September 1972, Mrs. Janice M. Mack - Adopted the theme “New Horizons” challenging all to take pride in past achievements and strive to ensure that a bright future lies ahead, “just beyond the horizon” for all who are affiliated with the Home.
 
January 2000, Ms. Mildred D. Tucker - Continued the “New Horizons” theme. She had served as Senior Counselor and had been employed by the Home since 1977.
 
April 2006, the Home is under the direction of Dr. Jean R. Cobbs who began her tenure.  She is working with the Board of Trustees to continue to assess community needs and determine and identify the service ministries that CHVB might most effectively provide.  A Strategic Plan has been developed consistent with data presented in a needs assessment conducted by the Child Welfare League of America.  The goal is to become a vital part of the child and family service delivery network.  The Board of Trustees have provided the challenge to develop a plan to ensure the development of a conference retreat center. 
 
Since 1948 until 2004, many children were nurtured at CHVB.  Children came into care under varying circumstances; some came for only a few days, others for months and still more for years. Those Children's care was made possible by the efforts and resources provided by the Children’s Home of Virginia Baptist. CHVB continues to be maintained by the collaborative efforts of many as it continues to receive support from a diverse number of groups, conventions, churches, associations, missionary societies, community leaders, and private citizens. The Children’s Home of Virginia Baptist, Inc. stands as a true testament to “we are more than me”.  This testament demonstrates how much more we can accomplish when we work together for the good of others.