Category Archives: The 26th Story

The 6th Story

Grants Chairperson for the John Randolph Foundation, Linda Hyslop served as an educator in the Hopewell Public School System for 43 years. As a teacher she was exposed to the abuse her students endured, and it became her personal mission to give young people hope for their future. Linda first volunteered with The James House in the 90’s by answering the crisis hotline. Today she continues to volunteer on a subcommittee of The James House Board of Directors.

The James House and the John Randolph Foundation share a common past and a common mission. They were founded two years apart, in 1989 and 1991 respectively, at the John Randolph Medical Center. Upon the sale of the hospital to HCA in 1995, both left to become independent organizations. The James House was the John Randolph Foundation’s first grantee and continues to receive financial support today.

The 5th Story

When Daniel was 8, his mom’s brother moved in. While his mom was at work, his uncle turned into a monster. Daniel says his darkest moment was when he finally got the courage to tell his mom. She didn’t believe him. She confronted the uncle about the abuse but this only made things worse.

Daniel buried his pain for a long time but he was overwhelmed by flashbacks and anxiety attacks. He called The James House, and started going to a support group with Jane Clayborne. Daniel says “I think if it hadn’t been for The James House I might be dead. Sharing my story and hearing the other guys tell their stories was the best thing that could have happened to me.”

To learn more about The James House’s support groups, call (804) 458-2840 or email helpline@thejameshouse.org.

The 4th Story

Abusers often isolate survivors of domestic violence geographically and socially. This effect can be heightened in immigrant communities. For immigrants, language barriers, uncertain legal statuses, and being away from family can make the isolation and abuse even worse. Samina Abdullah went through The James House volunteer training and was inspired to make a difference for immigrants experiencing this isolation. She organizes weekly dinners for her local Indian-Pakistani community to build support systems for immigrant families.

For Samina, it’s not about changing the whole world. It’s about taking responsibility for your own sphere of influence. She believes we are designed so magnificently that in order to make a difference, we simply need to live up to this design – to be compassionate, merciful, and wise. Once that spark of self-worth sets in, it cannot be extinguished.

The 3rd Story

Bill Lightfoot served in law enforcement for 36 years. His last few years were spent working on domestic violence and elder abuse. For Bill, every client is personal.

As a police officer, Bill witnessed the effects of domestic violence on children. The impact is so great that 14% of men and 36% of women who are incarcerated suffered childhood abuse. He believes police need to not only respond to domestic violence but respond appropriately. The James House provides that kind of training. He knows that when he refers them to The James House that they will get the help they need to gain control of their lives and move forward.

The 2nd Story

In 1989, the Sexual Assault Outreach Program was created at John Randolph Medical Center. This would eventually become The James House. The original mission was to provide emotional support for sexual assault survivors to get through a necessary yet invasive PERK (a physical evidence recovery kit).

The James House grew into a freestanding nonprofit organization, and today, John Randolph Medical Center’s support for the program remains strong. The James House works closely with the hospital, training emergency room staff to recognize and respond to abuse while providing on-site services and support groups.