My’Isis Gee, 3, is content to talk with her dad on the cell phone Tuesday, while her mom, Michelle Gee, waits for the conversation to wrap up and the phone to be passed back. The Gees were in the 400 block of East Franklin Street in Downtown.
Banks of windows usher sunlight into this building to aid in the treatment of children with depression, mood disorders and other mental health needs.
That’s just one way that the new home for VCU Health’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children is seeking to improve service to its young patients.
The new $56 million center, located at 1308 Sherwood Ave. in North Side, is to open early next year. It sits on 4.5 acres across the street from the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.
The center includes 32 in-patient beds, 20 outpatient consulting rooms, a gym, space for music and play therapy, classrooms and a garden and other green space.
VTCC expects to dramatically increase the number of children served from the current 7,000 seen yearly on an outpatient basis and the 1,000 who are served as patients. The new building will replace the center at 515 N. 10th St. Once emptied, the old building near City Hall will be replaced by VCU Health with a $384 million, multistory adult medical outpatient center and parking deck that is projected to open in 2020.
Joseph F. Thekkekara is sworn in as Richmond’s new postmaster Wednesday in the Old House Chamber at the State Capitol. Previously a postmaster in Texas, Illinois and New York communities, he is the 34th person to hold the title in Richmond since the beginning of the postal service around 1778. He is surrounded by family, from left, son Jason, wife Annie and son Justin as the oath of office is administered by Linda Malone, U.S. Postal Service vice president for the Capital Metro area, which stretches from Baltimore to Atlanta. Mr. Thekkekara started his career as a mail carrier in 1988. He succeeds Harold G. O’Connor, who was postmaster for 11 years before being removed in 2016 and retiring earlier this year in the wake of a scandal over management efforts to reduce carrier overtime pay by changing time cards.
Birds in Ginkgo tree in Downtown
Holiday sharing // People of all ages pitched in to serve others last week at area Thanksgiving celebrations. Top left, Tianna Fields, 5, reaches with a gloved hand to put a roll on a dinner plate for one of the senior residents of the former Essex Village apartment complex in Henrico County.
Holiday sharing // The dinner, held the day before Thanksgiving, was sponsored by Coaches Against Violence Everywhere, or C.A.V.E., and drew singer Tamar Braxton, who also helped. Top right, Ms. Braxton, who was in Richmond to perform, offers holiday greetings to Mary Williams and other seniors in the complex, now called Maggie Lena Walker Apartments.
Holiday sharing // Volunteers Malik Childs, left, Sidney Evans, Davon Courtney and Shonda Harris-Muhammed prepare to serve meals at the Giving Heart Community Thanksgiving Feast at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Thousands of people enjoyed the food and fellowship at the annual event.