Patrick Henry Family Services Brookneal Family Resource Center is to benefit from the August 7th auction of the Aylor Building and surrounding 161 acres located at the beginning of Red Hill Road in Brookneal. Proceeds from the sale will help to fund the opening of PHFS Brookneal Family Resource Center, located at 302 Rush Street. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 and will provide individual and family counseling, as well as a group therapy in Brookneal sparing those individuals seeking such services from having to drive to South Boston, Danville, or Lynchburg.
“As many in the community are aware, while the Brookneal campus of Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes has transitioned away from that location, in no way are we leaving the Brookneal community,” commented Chief Executive Officer Robert J. Day. “By opening a Family Resource Center in the heart of Brookneal, we believe our resources will better serve a greater number of hurting children and families.”
“The Family Resource Center will provide outpatient counseling and therapy for children, teens, young and older adults, and families through PHFS Hope for Tomorrow Counseling. In addition, the other ministries of PHFS will be represented for use including, ministries such as Hat Creek Camps, our continual residential care options such as the boys’ home in Bedford and the girls’ home in Rustburg, as well as our Expanded Families and Safe Families for Children programs.
According to Dr. Robert W. McCullough’s history book on Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes:
“The family counseling center was completed in November 1984 and a new and exciting ministry was started at the Plantation. The building was made possible by the bequest made to the Plantation by Mrs. Roberta James, Berryville. She dedicated that a building be constructed in memory of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Aylor. It was most appropriate that these funds be used for a counseling center as Mrs. James was for many years superintendent of the Frederick County Department of Social Services. She had given her life to assisting families in distress and had a great concern for the needs of disadvantaged children. She was one of the first to place children in the Plantation program when it opened in 1961.
The new family counseling center would now allow the Plantation’s social workers to provide Christian counseling to the families of the children in their care as well as to the children themselves …”
“It is a bit ironic that what started as a family counseling center for a limited number of clients on the Brookneal campus in the Aylor Building almost 35 years ago, will continue due to funds raised from the building’s sale. The new PHFS Brookneal Family Resource Center will operate with the same dedication to serving counseling needs, but now to an even greater number of children and families located in the entire Brookneal area,” concluded Day.