Skyline CAP Launches New Program

Addition of Healthy Families program enhances mission to promote self-sufficiency

Skyline CAP, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Healthy Families to the portfolio of programs and services the agency offers in Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. An affiliate of Healthy Families AmericaTM (HFA), the program provides first-time parents with an evidence-based home visiting program that focuses on enhancing child welfare, health and development. 

Shelley Hensley has been named Healthy Families Supervisor and will oversee daily operations of the program. Hensley is a graduate of Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and  comes to this role with nearly 20 years of experience working in the Healthy Families Virginia network. Her office is located in Warrenton, Va.

“HFA’s approach provides support that enhances the self-sufficiency of the families we work with, which aligns well with Skyline CAP’s mission to break the cycle of poverty,” said Fran Lavin, Skyline CAP Executive Director. “Shelley’s extensive experience with Healthy Families is invaluable as we work together with our community partners to develop and support our client base.”

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Skyline CAP Recognized by Greene County Board of Supervisors

Skyline was honored to be recognized by the Greene County Board of Supervisors last night for “outstanding programs and services designed to empower families and individuals to become self-sufficient…” Fran Lavin, Executive Director, accepted the Certificate on behalf of Skyline, saying “Skyline feels very honored to have received the recognition. We will work hard to live up to and exceed the expectations implied by this acknowledgement.”

Skyline CAP Selects Housing Director

Several new additions have been made to Skyline CAP’s housing team, including Rachel Henderson who has been named Housing Director. With the additions of two housing counselors and a housing quality standards inspector, the team is poised to expand outreach to serve more of those in need.

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Skyline CAP announces new director

Francis “Fran” Lavin has joined Skyline Community Action Partnership (CAP), Inc. as its new executive director.

Lavin began his employment at the end of March, filling a spot left vacant by Kim Frye Smith who ended her tenure as the agency’s executive director Sept. 1. He grew up in the Chicago area and enjoyed a 28-year career in business before becoming a fourth and fifth grades teacher at B.F. Yancey in southern Albemarle. It was there that he began to learn about poverty.

“Over half of the students were on free and reduced lunch,” he said. “It was a window into poverty. My greatest take away was that those students have the greatest amount of potential as anyone, but less resources.”

Lavin said he experienced some successes as a teacher, but found he didn’t have the right personality for the rhythm of a classroom. He knew he wanted to stay community focused and work with non-profits. He began working in human service agencys learning the non-profit sector before joining Skyline CAP.

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