|Linda Angle Holds the Reins to 10 years at Boys Home|
Covington, VA (April 1, 2021) - Linda Angle began her career at Boys Home as a houseparent more than 10 years ago, along with her husband, Ronnie, who is now a member of the maintenance department. She grew up in Alleghany County and was very familiar with Boys Home and the individuals it serves.
Angle started as a houseparent for students in early high school, but she has since transitioned to caring for elementary and middle school aged children. â€śThis age is the most fun,â€ť Angle shares. â€śI enjoy teaching them new and different things. They like to learn.â€ť
Angle also helps with the equine program on campus and believes that one could draw parallels in working with the students and working with the horses. â€śThey both require a calm, level approach. You have to earn their trust.â€ť
She goes on to explain that students learn a lot from working with the horses. â€śThe horses can reflect the mood and demeanor of the boy,â€ť shares Angle. â€śStudents learn to balance being firm and affectionate. Because the horses tend to mimic the boysâ€™ behavior, they must control their moods to effectively work with the horses.â€ť She acknowledges that the studentsâ€™ success in training is all in how they act and react to the horses. Learning to positively manage their reactions in life is an important behavioral skill for the young men at Boys Home.
Associate Director of Program Chad Whitmer credits Angle with being a true asset to Boys Home and having a solid work ethic. Angle states that her longevity in one of the most challenging positions is because of the students. â€śItâ€™s the kids that keep me here,â€ť she explains.
Boys Home of Virginia, founded in 1906, provides a healthy and supportive environment for young men whose lives have been negatively impacted by poverty or family instability. Students are provided food, clothing, shelter, and guidance in a manner that supports the successful transition to adulthood along with educational and career opportunities. Boys Home, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, is almost entirely privately funded by individuals, organizations, churches, and foundations.