Swine Flu Update

Three residents of St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children have been confirmed to have the swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus. Norfolk health officials took samples on Aug. 21 and confirmed late on Aug. 24 that the residents, ages 10, 12 and 17, had contracted the H1N1 virus. Two residents were treated at a hospital; one was discharged on Aug. 25 and returned to St. Mary’s. The third resident was being treated at SMHDC.

St. Mary’s Home has been taking precautions for months to limit residents’ exposure to the virus. For example, residents attended summer camp at the Home instead of going to another location. In addition, residents who typically go to public schools were taught at the Home this summer and will again be taught at the Home in the fall.

For more information, contact Sonja Barisic, St. Mary’s marketing communications manager, at (757) 622-2208 ext. 331.

Biennial Report, Summer Newsletter Online

(Photo by Wéyo.)

St. Mary’s 2007-2008 Biennial Report and the summer 2009 issue of our newsletter, The Guardian, should be reaching mailboxes soon. But you can read them online now at our website to learn about some of the moments that have mattered at St. Mary’s Home.

In the photo above, on the cover of the biennial report, Jahmari enjoys a swim in St. Mary’s therapy pool with a little help from Kathryn Simmons, recreational therapy support specialist.

Help Team Hoyt VB Help St. Mary’s Home


Help Team Hoyt VB make a run for it at the Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon on Sept. 6 in Virginia Beach. Come out and cheer them on as they run 13.1 miles, pushing children and young adults with disabilities in running chairs, along a fun course with 20 bands on 14 stages. The goal is to raise $30,000, with at least $10,000 going to St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Click here for more information on how you can help.

Sister Mary June on the Radio

Today, public radio station WHRV 89.5’s “HearSay with Cathy Lewis” program aired a conversation with Sister Mary June Morin, who has worked at St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children for 50 years. This was a re-run of the audio portion of an interview with Sister that ran in May on WHRO-TV’s “What Matters,” a program also hosted by Cathy Lewis.

“I can think of few people who matter more, and who have mattered for many, many years, than Sister Mary June Morin, who is the last nun on the job at the St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children in Norfolk,” Lewis said today as she introduced the segment on today’s radio program.

Check out the station’s website to listen to and/or download the show.