Kentucky Derby Celebration: A Silks & Irons Soiree

Raise your glass and spend an exciting and elegant evening celebrating the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2017, all the while knowing that you are helping Seton Youth Shelters fulfill its mission of providing a safe haven, counseling and outreach services, 24 hours a day, without charge, to assist youth in crisis throughout Hampton Roads, with the goal of reuniting families.

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Seton in the News Oct. 27, 2016: Nonprofit for helping at-risk youth faced with big funding loss


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A nonprofit organization that assists thousands of at-risk youth in our region each year now needs assistance of its own.

“We got some devastating news a few days into the month,” said Jennifer Sieracki, Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters. “We need a hero.”

The organization discovered it did not receive a competitive $200,000 federal grant this year. The money had accounted for two-thirds of its “Street Outreach Program” (SOP).

Through SOP, counselors travel all across Hampton Roads in vans, providing critical care and assistance to homeless and at-risk youth.

Sieracki said it’s the only organization of its kind in the area, and there’s a great need for its services.

“Thousands of kids run away in Virginia Beach alone each year. There are many youths on the street contemplating running away in situations that are high-risk and this is what we do… SOP is there with two counselors and vans covering 900 square miles… helping youth as a lifeline to either get them to a safe place or intervene before they may find themselves on the street.”

“It’s so critical,” added Rev. Mark Wilkinson, Board President. “Once these kids are out on the street, they’re vulnerable to be taken advantage of by a variety of folks.”

Wilkinson said that SOP reaches between 10,000 to 12,000 youth in our area each year. Now, they may only be able to help half that amount, or less.

“Already, we’ve let several staff go,” he said.

The news is troubling to Grey Anderson, who was assisted through SOP a couple of years ago.

“I was at risk to be homeless,” he said. “My life could have turned out very differently, could have been another statistic.”

But then Seton intervened and helped him get back on his feet. Today, he is a thriving student at Old Dominion University.

“They really changed my life for the better.”

He and the organization’s officials hope to collect the lost funds via private donors.

“Grey is a tremendous success story, a testament to what we can do at Seton,” Sieracki said. “We want to be able to continue to help youth like Grey be successful, and we cannot do that without support.”

Seton Youth Shelters is a licensed Safe Place Agency. They provide shelter for boys and girls, and mentoring for children whose parents are incarcerated.

Seton in the News Oct. 26, 2016: Local street outreach program for teens loses $200,000 in federal funding


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A local organization that delivers critical help to teens in crisis throughout Hampton Roads is losing $200,00 in federal funding this year.

Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters, Jennifer Sieracki, made the announcement this week.

The cuts directly impact the  Street Outreach Program (SOP), which includes vans, with a two-person team of counselors, traveling 900 miles across the region to high-risk neighborhoods.

Their goal is to connect with kids that are living on the streets or at risk of doing so.

Sieracki says they reach more than 12,000 youth each year through the program.

“It was a huge, huge blow to the organization for this program,” says Sieracki. “It has had a devastating impact and we were not expecting this.”

Sieracki says the funds help pay for the vans, the supplies, including food and toiletries, and employee salaries. They have already had to let go of a team of two counselors.

She says the SOP is the only organization of its kind in Hampton Roads that is exclusive to youth. More than 2,400 youth in Virginia Beach alone run away from home each year.

“We’ve had many, many success stories through the program and we want to keep that going,” says Sieracki.

One of those success stories is Grey Anderson, a sophomore at Old Dominion University.

“What Seton has done has opened up whole new doors for me,” he says.

Anderson says he was homeless when he was a junior at First Colonial High School after separating himself from his mother, who has a mental illness. He went from finding places to crash on Craigslist and sleeping in hospital waiting rooms, to graduating high school and now studying computer science.

“To know that I’ve gotten through that and I’m able to do things for myself and support myself I feel empowered,” he says. “Now people, like me, may not be able to get that resource that they need.”

Sieracki is hoping that private funding will be able to help bring back what they are losing in federal funding.


For Immediate Release: October 24, 2016

Contact: – Jennifer Sieracki,

Executive Director

757.963.5795 x 105



Funding Cuts Impact Organization’s Critical Street Outreach Program for Teens


Virginia Beach, Virginia—Seton Youth Shelters has received notification of severe federal funding cuts—effective this October 1—totaling $200,000 in 2016 for its Street Outreach Program (SOP). As the region’s only organization devoted to exclusively providing shelter, counseling and outreach to youth ages 9-17, the loss of funding will have a direct and major impact on the SOP’s operations.

Seton’s van-based SOP, both preventative and intervening, travels throughout Hampton Roads, accessing 900 square miles in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News. SOP is a mobile van unit equipped with two-person teams, providing access to emergency youth services by routinely visiting high-risk neighborhoods where youth congregate.

Seton Youth Shelters is also a licensed Safe Place Agency, affiliated with the National Safe Place Organization. National Safe Place is a network of “Safe Place” locations–youth friendly businesses, schools, fire stations, libraries, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings that display the distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign. In 2015, Street Outreach Programs reached more than 10,000 local youth in Hampton Roads’ most vulnerable neighborhoods. With the recent reduction in funding, Seton may reach less than half that number in the coming year and beyond.

“Our community support this year is especially critical in light of last week’s unexpected and devastating news that we have lost federal funding for our SOP program. This loss translates into an unprecedented $200,000 per year deficit for SOP, which currently reaches approximately 12,000 Hampton Roads’ youth each year,” said Jennifer Sieracki, Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters. “We are definitely on the lookout for a hero—a funder, or funders, within our community, who will step up and help us keep our vans running—so we can save young lives on the streets of our region,” Sieracki added.

Since 1985, Seton Youth Shelters has provided emergency shelter and crisis counseling for youth, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the goal of reuniting youth and their families through solution-focused, reality-based programs at no charge to the child or their family. Each year, Seton serves more than 20,000 Hampton Roads’ youth through its three programs. Federal and private grants, along with community and corporate contributions enable Seton’s focus on prevention, intervention, shelter and counseling.

For more information about Seton Youth Shelters, or to make a donation, please visit and like us on Facebook (Search: Seton Youth Shelters). For questions or more information, please call Public Relations and Donor Associate, contact info found at the top of this release.

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For Immediate Release: October 14, 2016

Contact: – Jennifer Sieracki,

Executive Director

757.963.5795 x 105




Virginia Beach, Virginia—The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awarded a $25,000 grant to Seton Youth Shelters to continue its goal of Changing Lives, Building Futures. Seton Youth Shelters is the region’s only organization devoted to exclusively providing shelter, counseling and outreach to youth ages 9-17.

“We are honored to be a recipient of this grant and thank Walmart for its commitment to supporting the essential programs and services we provide for our local community,” stated Jennifer K. Sieracki, Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters. “The Walmart Foundation award is especially critical in light of last week’s devastating news that we have lost $600,000 in federal funding. The loss created an unprecedented $250,000 deficit for our Street Outreach Program, which reaches more than 10,000 Hampton Roads’ youth each year,” Sieracki added.

Seton Youth Shelters provides residential and outreach programs which address hunger, encourage healthy and safe behaviors and support the sustainability of underserved youth who are homeless and disconnected from families and caring, responsible adults, and youth who often have run from abuse and neglect.
“Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to support Seton Youth Shelters,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart. “This organization is important to Walmart because they provide shelter, counseling and various outreach programs to local youth in need.”

For more information about Seton Youth Shelters, please visit and like us on Facebook (Search: Seton Youth Shelters). For any questions please call Public Relations and Donor Associate, Karlaa Williams at 757.963.5795 ext. 103 or email at






Virginia Beach, Virginia—Seton Youth Shelters announced the 2016-2018 installation of Officers of its Board of Directors at the organization’s July 26, 2016 annual meeting, officials reported today. Officers for the 2016-2018 term are:

President, Rev. Mark Wilkinson

Rev. Mark Wilkinson currently serves as Rector of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. He holds a Masters in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary and was Assistant Rector at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, Massachusetts from 2004-2007. Rev. Wilkinson joined the Board of Directors of Seton Youth Shelters In 2009.

Vice President, Maxine Singleton, Ed.D.

Dr. Singleton recently retired from Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Virginia as the Vice President of Instruction and Student Development. Prior to her appointment as Academic Dean at Paul D. Camp Community College, Dr. Singleton served as Chairwoman of the Social Science Division of Tidewater Community College’s Virginia Beach campus. Dr. Singleton earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University, her Master’s Degree from Norfolk State University, and her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The College of William and Mary. She joined Seton Youth Shelters’ Board of Directors in 2012.

Secretary, James E. White

Mr. White currently serves as the Regional Director of Safelite Auto Glass and is the owner of James White Consulting. Prior to working with Safelite, Mr. White was the Director of Operations at PepsiCo in Virginia. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Virginia Union University. Mr. White joined the Board in 2013.

Treasurer, John Babcock

Following more than a decade-long career in the roofing industry, John Babcock recognized the need for an enhanced relationship between customer and roofing contractor in the Hampton Roads region. In 1989, Mr. Babcock and a colleague created Roof Services Corporation. Mr. Babcock is currently the President of Roof Services Corporation, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with an additional location in Richmond, Virginia. In 2007, Mr. Babcock joined the Board of Directors of Seton Youth Shelters.


Since 1985, Seton Youth Shelters has been the region’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing shelter, counseling and outreach services to youth 9-17. Seton Youth Shelters provides prevention, intervention, shelter and counseling to youth 9-17 in crisis and their families—24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge to the child or their family. In 2015, Seton Youth Shelters reached nearly 23,000 youth in the Hampton Roads. Jennifer Sieracki serves as Executive Director of Seton Youth Shelters, which marked its 30th anniversary in 2015.

For more information about Seton Youth Shelters, please visit and like us on Facebook (Search: Seton Youth Shelters) For any questions please call Public Relations and Donor Associate, Karlaa Williams at 757.963.5795 ext. 103 or email at


Thrift Store USA is recycling items and energy thanks to solar panels

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NORFOLK, Va. – Thrift Store USA is recycling items and giving them a second chance in a new home. Now, the store itself is recycling energy. The 130-kilowatt system perched atop the Norfolk store generates enough power for at least 10 homes.

“It’s the largest privately owned system in Hampton Roads,” said Chad Wilkins with Convert Energy, who installed the panels.

The system is saving Thrift Store USA owner Rob Giroux close to $800 a week.

Giroux does own his store, rebuilt in 2005 after a severe fire. He’s operated at the site for 14 years, and the store gives a portion of its proceeds to Seton Youth Shelters.

Read a few more articles about it here and watch the story here 

Seton in the News, #ThrowbackThursday 2006:

Van patrol from Seton House goes looking for young people in need


THIS LATE Wednesday afternoon, the van roamed East Ocean View Avenue in Norfolk – past half-million-dollar houses, snow-white picket fences – and made a right onto the shaded bay streets. It slowed near a park, the driver barely glancing at the four boys shooting hoops.

They are not the kind of kids the van stops for.

Jonathan Williams turned onto Pleasant Avenue and spotted three police cars idling ahead, near a crowd of children. As soon as he stopped, the knot of dusty tennis shoes and bikes flocked toward Williams and his partner, Priess Skinner. They jumped out, popping the hatch.

“What’cha got today?” one boy asked



Williams dug into a Crock-Pot of pasta, and Skinner reached for cups and jugs of Kool-Aid as the kids chattered about a fight. Between a man and a girl. They think. Something like that. A teen brunette rolled up on a bike, sweaty tendrils flying, her cheeks red.

“My best friend, her mom kicked her out,” she said, as Williams handed her punch.

Read more here

Seton in the News: July 17, 2016 Zumbathon fundraiser helps at-risk youth purchase school supplies




Over 40 people danced and sweated their hearts out Sunday to raise money for children who need school supplies.

The Virginia Beach Jaycees, a leadership training organization for adults ages 18 to 40, sponsored the first Zumbathon at the Inlet Fitness gym as a fundraiser for the Seton Youth Shelters Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program, based in Virginia Beach.

By the end, more than $900 had been raised.

“There are people who want to give back,” said Carrie Weiler, director of the MCP program. “I think it will show there are families out there that need help to get these needs met.”

Seton’s program looks to match a volunteer mentor with a child between the ages of 4 and 18 who has an incarcerated parent. Christina Hughes, who has mentored one girl for the last five years, said that after going to several Zumba events, she decided having the Jaycees sponsor one would be an effective way to raise money .

“They’re already going through a tough time having one of their parents incarcerated,” said Hughes, an assistant treasurer of the Jaycees.

After the Zumbathon, Weiler said volunteers with Seton will get the school supply lists for the school divisions in Hampton Roads and either deliver supplies to the families or have them pick them up.

She also said it was heartwarming to see people come out and support the program.

Kathy Parham, a Virginia Beach Zumba instructor, said she attended the event because she loves Zumba and is “about a good cause.”

“Giving back is where it’s at,” Parham said.

The children who came also saw the benefits of raising money for school supplies, like 11-year-old Kaleigh Dean who came with her grandmother Debbie McCoy of Virginia Beach.

“It’s a good idea because it helps people,” Kaleigh said.

McCoy added, “I think it’s phenomenal, I love it.”


Seton in the News, June 15, 2016: Children of the Penal System Learn Hope on the Dance Floor


Despite the smiling invitations from the teacher to join in, one little girl in the corner of the bright, aqua-painted studio refused to dance. Instead, she hid behind her mentor, occasionally peeking out at the others as they played. A cool autumn breeze blew in through the open studio door. It was the first day of classes at Dance Camp, created by activist Sheena Jeffers, in association with the Mentoring Children of Prisoners program at Seton Youth Shelters in Virginia Beach.

As the class wore on, the girl inched her way toward Jeffers. Eventually, she was standing so close that her little hand was resting lightly on top of Jeffers’ at the ballet barre. By the end of class, she was using French ballet terms and dancing with abandon. “I haven’t seen a smile that big on that little face in a long time,” said the girl’s shelter mentor.

Read more here