Strength in Community Mission - A Volunteer Family Partnership Program

The Strength in Community mission is a new faith-based family partnership program designed to help children and families in need - those living in poverty or suffering emotional traumas and behavioral problems that can instigate or perpetuate it.  The backbone of this new program are volunteer family partners - Christians within our broader Shenandoah Valley who commit to "walk with"  a family in need for several months and assist them in acquiring the resources they need to be independent and better able to support their children's future academic, emotional, and financial success. No special skills are required to be a partner, simply a willingness to share your own experiences and life skills by serving as a friend, advocate and bridge to the community.

Strength in Community Workshop

A Strength in Community Workshop will be held February 3, 2018 (snow date is February 10, 2018), beginning at 8:00 the Charterhouse School in Edinburgh, Virginia.  Find out how you can make positive differences in your family and community.  Join us for a day of fellowship, networking opportunities and talks by experts on trauma and how, working together we can build a more resilient community.  Discover the benefits of providing trauma-informed care in school environments. Meet people working to alleviate poverty in their communities.  Learn how we can help law enforcement combat drug and human trafficking in the Shenandoah Valley, and the steps we can take to safeguard our children and grandchildren from this growing threat. 

Workshop Agenda - February 3, 2018*

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration, Coffee Social, Networking

9: 00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer, Pastor Darlene Wilkins, UMC Mount Pleasant Charge 

9:15 a.m. –  9:35 a.m. – Introduction to Charterhouse School Edinburg and the new United Methodist Family Services' (UMFS) System of Care serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley  - Ms. Tonya Salley-Goodwin, Principal of Charterhouse School 

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. - Introduction to Family Promise Shenandoah - Ms. Sherry Arey, Executive Director of Family Promise Shenandoah will describe the challenges faced by families living in poverty in the Shenandoah Valley and the accomplishments of Family Promise Shenandoah in the first two years of operation. She will also introduce the new Strength in Community mission - a Family Partnership program of Family Promise Shenandoah and Charterhouse School Edinburg.

10:05 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. - Open Table: From Poverty to Community  - Ms. Angie Williams, Open Table Regional Director and Senior Model Trainer and Ms. Rachelle Butler, UMFS Open Table Program Manager, will describe the program and successes of the Richmond Open Tables.  

10:25 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. How Trauma-Informed Care in Our Schools Can Make A Positive Difference - Mr. Wade Puryear – Vice President of Education, Charterhouse Schools, UMFS Richmond, VA.

11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Helping Law Enforcement Combat Drug and Human Trafficking Problems - Mr. Scott Thompson, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and Ms. Tess Hudson, FBI will speak about the problems of drugs and human trafficking in our community, the children and young adults at risk of being exploited, and what our community can do to help combat these problems.

11:55 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Prayer of Thanks, Pastor Elfie Finn-McKenzie, Edinburg United Methodist Parish 

12:05 p.m. –  LUNCH BREAK and Table Discussions With Presenters 

1:00 - p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Networking and Focused Sessions

Focused Sessions (Check back here for new focused sessions)

Call to Community (Video Conference) - A Family Promise Volunteer Family Partnership Program in Lawrence, KS - Katherine Dinsdale will discuss the successes and challenges of Call to Community and introduce people who have "heard the call" and responded - becoming partners to families participating in Family Promise of Lawrence, KS.

Trauma and Resilience in the Community - Brandy Haden, Northwestern Community Services, Harrisonburg

UMFS Systems of Care in the Northern Shenandoah Valley - Rachelle Butler and Megan Gillispie, UMFS

*Snow date for workshop - February 10, 2018 

About the Speakers

Tonya Salley-Goodwin


Tonya Salley-Goodwin joined UMFS in 1998 as a youth counselor and relief youth counselor in the UMFS Treatment Program. In October 2007, Tonya was hired as the coordinator for Charterhouse School Day Program. Tonya started her career as a special education teacher in a residential facility for children. She was also Head of Academy for several specialized schools in the Richmond and Middle Peninsula areas. Tonya has a bachelor’s degree in history/political science. She attended Old Dominion University where she obtained certification in the area of emotional disturbance and holds a Virginia teaching license in special education. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in education and supervision.

Rachelle Butler


Rachelle Butler is the Senior Project Manager for the System of Care grants at UMFS.  Rachelle has her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been in the field for over 10 years.  She is one of two state wide trainers in the High Fidelity Wraparound model and is a state coach as well.  She has been the Open Table Project Director for the last year and a half and has a true passion around helping families in the community find their voice and use their voice to impact change in their own lives as well as in their communities.

Megan Gillispie


Sherry Arey


Sherry is a native of Basye in Shenandoah County.  She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School, Bridgewater College (Bachelor's degree in elementary education), and James Madison University (Master's degree in reading and an endorsement in administration).  She began her teaching career as a classroom teacher and retired as principal of W. W. Robinson Elementary School after 31 years in the Shenandoah County school system.  Sherry has many years experience working with children in need while serving in public education. She brings this experience to her current position as Executive Director of Family Promise Shenandoah, where she has served for the past two years.  Sherry's husband, Barry, is also retired from Shenandoah County Public Schools and helps out around Family Promise on occasion. Sherry and her husband Barry are members of Wakeman's Grove Church of the Brethren.

Wade Puryear


Wade Puryear earned a master’s degree in special education from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a post-graduate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Virginia postgraduate professional teaching license with endorsements in administration and supervision, English, ED, K-12, and specific learning disabilities K-12. He supports and directs all Charterhouse School programs in Richmond and Edinburg. Since 2001, he has held increasingly responsible positions in private day school and residential school leadership and operations in various nonprofit organizations. Wade has a passion for giving students with special needs opportunities for vocational training and other life skills that will help them become productive and contributing members of their communities. Wade is enrolled in VCU's post-graduate certificate program for professional counseling and is pursuing his credentials as a licensed professional counselor.   

Angie Williams


Angie Williams is a Regional Director and Senior Trainer for The Open Table. Open Table is a national nonprofit that equips local churches to transform communities through sustainable, long-term relationships with people who have been marginalized.  Prior to joining Open Table in 2017, Angie served as the Volunteer Manager for United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) for over six years, overseeing volunteer engagement of the more than 1600 church and community volunteers serving in relationships with high risk youth and young adults. Angie initially became connected with Open Table two years ago when UMFS began using the Open Table model in Central Virginia. Angie has a background in youth and young adult ministry and prior to her time with UMFS, she served the Virginia Conference for almost eight years as the Director of Ministries with young People. She holds a certification in volunteer administration through the international council of CVA. Angie and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of two children adopted through foster care - Sharon at age 14 (now 25) and Leona at age 5 (now 13).  Angie's greatest passion is being a champion for high-risk kids and partnering with churches to transform communities through relationship. 

Katherine Dinsdale


Katherine Dinsdale is a freelance magazine writer and editor, trained spiritual director, mother of three, grandmother of four, and longtime Family Promise board member and groupie.  She served and chaired the City of Lawrence (KS) homelessness task force and advisory board and served on the local Salvation Army board, before beginning to work firsthand with homeless women, first, running a small house for formerly homeless women with mental illness.  She worked with a "Mercy Team" at her church to answer calls for assistance and helped manage benevolence funds.  All these activities caused her to realize that many people experiencing homelessness are terribly isolated and bereft of healthy relationships.  Studies show that isolation is as big an obstacle to becoming housed and self-sufficient as are other aspects of poverty.  As she worked with others in her community to establish a Family Promise Affiliate in Lawrence, KS in 2008, the need to connect more deeply with families experiencing homeless was made even more apparent and became the inspiration fro Call to Community. Since 2013 she has worked to match each family enrolled in Family Promise with a Community Partner, an individual or couple committed to consistently offering friendship and encouragement throughout the family's time with Family Promise and sometimes long beyond.

Brandy Haden


Brandy Haden was born and raised in Rockingham County, and graduated high school from Turner Ashby.  She studied Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and graduated with a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University.  After moving back to the area, her mother encouraged her to pursue work as the Behavioral Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board (HRCSB).  In this position she coordinates the HRCSB's prevention strategies for youth substance abuse and suicide, as well as trainings for the Trauma-informed Care and resilience.  

Workshop Registration and Reservation for Table Display

Workshop Registration 

Registration tickets for the workshop may be purchased online through Eventbrite - Strength in Community 

There is a registration fee to cover the cost of refreshments and lunch.   The registration fee is $10.00 if you purchase your ticket before the day of the event and $15.00 at the door. You may purchase your registration ticket with a credit card or check. Please make check(s) payable to Edinburg United Methodist Parish and put "SIC Workshop" in the message line. Check(s) may be dropped off at the Parish Office at St. Johns United Methodist Church, 116 South High Street Edinburg, VA between the hours of 9 am - 12 noon, Monday through Friday, or mailed to  P.O. Box 310 Edinburg, VA  22824.  

Note: In the unlikely event that weather forces the cancellation of the workshop on both February 3, 2018 and the backup snow date of February 10th, tickets will not be refunded, instead the money collected will be donated to the Edinburg Parish United Methodist Men.

How to Reserve A Table For Your Mission Display

To reserve table space for the afternoon networking session, please call the church office at (540) 984-4464, Monday through Friday,between 9 am - 12 noon. Table locations will be assigned on a first come first serve basis.  Note:  Tables shown in orange in the diagram below are assigned. 

Continuing Education Units

Continuing education units (CEUs) have been approved for educators and clergy.  Certificates of attendance will be provided to those wishing to obtain CEUs.

Check-In and Parking

Parking is behind the school. Workshop Check-in is through the double doors facing the (rear) parking lot ( as shown in the floor plan below - Charterhouse School second floor).

Map to Charterhouse School Edinburg

508 Piccadilly St

Charterhouse School