In partnership with area churches, businesses, and community volunteers, Orchard Hills Achievement Center is dedicated to providing personal, consistent investment in the educational, physical, social, and spiritual lives of children who have limited resources.
The idea of establishing an enrichment program to provide academic support and groceries during the summer for children from under-served families was brought to the attention of a group of churches in the Roanoke Valley in the Spring of 2012. These churches worked together with community volunteers to create a Tuesday morning summer program where these children experienced the love of Jesus. The program provided remediation, character building, health and wellness, creative expression, lunches, weekly groceries, and all needed school supplies for the following school year.
The program began with 17 children and quickly grew to 31 children. In January 2013, a Homework Helps program was established on Monday and Wednesday afternoons to continue the academic, social, and spiritual progress we had begun in the summer months. With a volunteer/child ratio of 1/4, the Homework Helps program provides children without adequate academic support in the home the ability to complete homework assignments and receive additional support in core subject areas.
In the fall of 2013, we started a Mom and Me preschool program with the goal of providing kindergarten readiness, social skills, and a healthy snack to children and their mothers. Orchard Hills Achievement Center was also formally incorporated in 2013.
Lisa has lived in the Roanoke Area since 1998 and currently lives in Botetourt County with her husband Jeff, their four children: Drew, Jack, Abbey, Sarah, and their dog Rascal. She is graduate of Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES!) and has 20 years of experience working with children and families. Lisa has a heart to see children realize their true value regardless of their circumstances through experiencing the unconditional love of Jesus.
Jennifer Foley lives in Vinton with her husband and three wonderful children. She attended Radford University and worked in Roanoke City schools for nine years. Jennifer loves investing in each child in her class. It brings her great joy to see them grow academically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Erin Johnson has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in the social work field for ten plus years. Five of those years were in the elementary education setting. She loves being a part of this missional program as well as tending to the emotional and educational needs of the community.
Missy has lived in the Roanoke Valley for the past 12 years along with her husband, Paul and their son, Trey. She has worked in the Botetourt County School system as a school secretary and bookkeeper and now works for Orchard Hills as their Church Administrator. She feels blessed to be a part of the OHAC team and looks forward to lending administrative support to the staff while assisting with children and their families as they become members of the OHAC team as well.