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The McShin Foundation’s 7th Annual Pool Party
Saturday July 30th, 2011


Many More Pictures on our Picasa Album:

More music and a long cut of videos to come!


Flier Info:

Hosted by John and Kathy Rueger
2491 Cedar Cone Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 249-1845

Come Join Us!
Hamburgers, Hotdogs
BBQ, & Side dishes

 Budget cutbacks and more budget cutbacks, unemployment, businesses shutting down ... now, more than ever, is the time to bring needs in helping recovery to the forefront.  Perhaps some of the end results of these cutbacks and unemployment are even making the numbers of those in need of recovery increase.  And, this geographical area is not immune from the increasing and sad numbers of  people caught in the web of alcohol  or substance abuse.  It's right here, right now even if the funds and ability to offer assistance are not.   Most of us are directly affected in some way or another by the increasing numbers of addiction, whether it's directly in the heartache of watching a family member, neighbor or loved one in its clutches, or indirectly in seeing the increasing numbers of criminal incidents related to addition.  

Grace House, Inc., in connection with The McShin Foundation in Richmond, VA, is planning a celebration of National Recovery Month in September.  We will host a gathering for local residents here in Shenandoah on September 3rd and we need your help to plan and organize it.  We plan to offer educational materials and information on support groups such as AA, NA, Al-Anon and early intervention and education in our schools.  This is a big undertaking of a small private non-profit group and we need your participation and help, please.  

We are planning a meeting  or local law enforcement agencies, the churches, social services and other local professionals, to be held at Grace House, 509 3rd Street, Shenandoah, VA on Sunday afternoon, July 24th at 1:00 p.m. A light lunch will be served and a representative of the McShin Foundation will be there to assist with the educational and organizational aspect of getting things put together.  

Please plan on joining us for this meeting aimed in trying to help our local residents at a time when there is such little public help available.   We look forward to seeing you on the 24th ... your help is greatly needed and gratefully appreciated.   Please call  or e-mail Nancy Boyer at ,   or Pat Callahan at ,,  if you need additional information.  



The McShin Foundation 
Leadership Training Institute for Recovery from Substance Use Disorders.

“Authentic Peer Recovery Coaching And Peer Leadership Training” Hosted by Recovery at St. John’s @

James River Convention Center 400 Court Street Lynchburg, VA 24504-2258

Thursday, Friday June 23 - 24, 2011 8 am-5:00pm,

(NAADAC Certification Commission, 16 CEU Certificate will be awarded for completion of training) Suggested fee $95 for both days But scholarships will be made available To enroll please email: info@recoveryatstjohns.org

Call: 434-316-2894 or 434-485-2600 Space is limited!



McShin Receives the Joel Herandez award care of Faces and Voices of Recovery
June 22, 2011 Washington DC

Click here for Program of the Awards Ceremony

Click here for FAVOR Website of the Awardees

Click here for Article in the Henrico Citizen about McShin Receiving the Joel Hernandez award

About Joel Hernandez
The Joel Hernandez award honors a champion whose protest in the face of discrimination inspires us all. For 25 years Joel Hernandez worked in the electronics industry at Raytheon as a calibration technician. After testing positive for cocaine in 1991, Joel resigned his position to prevent being fired. After he found recovery and with the support of his family, he applied for his old position at Raytheon. He found that he faced a lifetime ban
on employment by the company after receiving a card in the mail saying his application had been denied.
Joel fought hard to return to his old workplace and to help others in the future. His fight to get his job back under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went all of the way to the US Supreme Court in a suit that he filed to regain the chance to compete for any job he had been qualified for in 25 years of being employed.
In 2004, a settlement in Joel’s favor was reached before it was ever brought before a jury. “People in recovery from addiction, their families and friends know that there is hope for every one of us, in spite of our past history. When I decided to sue Raytheon, I wanted to let others know that recovery works, and that we can give a good, positive message that we can be productive, tax-paying citizens,” Hernandez stated.
Joel’s fight to restore a basic civil right ignited the recovery movement and goes down as a pivotal moment in our history. Faces & Voices of Recovery honors this remarkable man, Joel Hernandez, who championed recovery advocacy until he passed away from cancer in February 2006.

Full hour long video of Awards Ceremony




Professional Pictures of America Honors Recovery 2011

Joel Hernandez Award 2011 Faces and Voices of Recovery

 Professional Live Webcast of event


 McShin Cook out at John Shinholser's house

BBQ, Great Food and Music


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