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Current scholarship funds and donation campaigns.
DJ Viglis Scholarship Fund
In remembrance of DJ Viglis, help give someone the gift of recovery!
DJ Viglis grew up amongst the amazing humans of McShin. He was blessed to be a part of the Community for many years as a young person and into adulthood. He was a gifted young man who loved fiercely and always rooted for the underdog. His smile and laughter would light up a room. He had a warmth about him that made everyone feel comfortable in his presence. He loved music and was a beautiful trumpet player, which not many people knew. He also loved to rebuild trumpets that were worn and discarded and make them into something usable and appreciated. He loved video games and built his own gaming computer. His quick wit and humor welcomed many into his world. And to know DJ was to know love. Some of his most joyful, fun times were at Mcshin- he always felt fully accepted and loved unconditionally. Dj struggled with Depression and Substance Use Disorder from the age of 14. He always found his way back to the Herd and kept trying his best to heal. DJ died by suicide on April 4, 2020 at the age of 19. At the time of his death he had sustained 6 months in recovery. Unfortunately, the pandemic caused him to lose his connection to others and closed down his 12 step meetings. He did not think he could stay clean during this time and his depression wreaked havoc on his disease. DJ would not want you to focus on his last moments but rather to remember his smile and all the love he brought to the world. He would want others to have the chance to heal on this earth. The very best way to honor DJ is to provide others the opportunity to heal and that is what we do as a family to remember DJ and share his life, love and hope to others.
Scott Zebrowski Scholarship Fund
In remembrance of Scott Zebrowski, help give someone the gift of recovery!
Scott was a unique young man who had the biggest heart. He would give the shirt off his back and spent many hours volunteering at church, often buying food for homeless people he would meet on the street. He was a devout Catholic and made family his priority, always saying “family is everything." Scott loved spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews who lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Scotty." Although Scott was a very giving person, he battled privately with a substance use disorder. He fought hard for years but unfortunately the addiction took him over, and he died from an accidental overdose on February 28, 2017. Scott’s twin sister Jill has set up the Scott Zebrowski Scholarship in his memory to help others find help from a Substance Use Disorder.
Brenna Lefleor Scholarship Fund
Help someone on the road to recovery in Brenna's name.
Marta Lefleor, a former board member, lost her daughter to substance use disorder in 2014. Brenna was a sweet, loving, smart, artistically talented and compassionate person. She found a love for cheerleading. She started by cheering for a community team and by the time she hit high school, she was coaching the community team and cheering for the high school. Brenna suffered an injury when someone fell on her resulting in several fractured vertebrae and prescriptions for opioids. Brenna battled with her substance use disorder for four years and ultimately lost her life. Marta has allowed Brenna’s spirit to walk with her to inform and educate others. Marta teaches a quilting and crocheting class at McShin and created this scholarship, in Brenna’s memory to help others suffering from a substance use disorder find help.
Trey Duncan Scholarship Fund
In remembrance of Trey Duncan, help give someone the gift of recovery
Trey always went all-in when pursuing his passions. From a lifelong love for sports, including a prolific youth baseball career, to teaching himself how to play – and shred – the guitar like his hero, Slash, Trey lived his life to the fullest. He also earned the nickname “Mr. Christmas” because spending the holidays with family was so special to him. You’d often hear him jamming out to Christmas tunes in his car year round. He also loved all things Disney! Disney World was his favorite place to visit, and “Toy Story” was the first movie that he fell in love with. His hero Buzz Lightyear’s famous quote, “To infinity and beyond,” holds a special place in our hearts. Trey battled with his substance abuse disorder for two years and ultimately lost to an accidental overdose on December 3, 2019. His family has set up this scholarship fund in Trey’s name to help others find help from a Substance Use Disorder.
General Operating Costs
Help McShin with day to day expenses.
Currently McShin Foundation is the only CAPRSS (Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services) organization of its kind in the entire state of Virginia and 1 of 19 in the country. We provide not only residential services to its clients, but also intervention and recovery services and resources, recovery education and advocacy, and access to external community resources through our strong collaborative organizational partnerships. We operate with a staff of 33 and offer Recovery Coach Training monthly to all participants.
Jail Based Recovery Programs
Help bring recovery to more incarcerated individuals.
The McShin Foundation facilitates recovery pods in Pamunkey Regional Jail. Graduates of the program once released are offered a two-week scholarship through this donation campaign.