Civitan House Foster Pet: Giving Back to the Community and Growing…Together!

Civitan House Visits Chesapeake Humane Society for Foster Pet

Over the summer months, residents of Eggleston’s Civitan House made the enormous commitment to foster a pet as a way to give back to their community and enrich their own lives.

After thoughtful discussions about what fostering a pet would be like and how it would affect them, Charissa, Rachel, and Thomas visited the Chesapeake Humane Society and chose a sweet older dog named Benny*. 

Benny was in a unique situation.  He was in the Chesapeake Humane Society’s crisis boarding program. This program allows owners to surrender their pets for a short time due to temporary housing issues like eviction, domestic violence, and medical concerns. The program allows pet owners to get back on their feet and bring their pet home when ready. 


Bringing Benny Home

Once the Civitan housemates got Benny home, they made a checklist to assign equal responsibility for the various care-taking needs of Benny.

Charissa was in charge of feeding Benny in the morning; Thomas was in charge of feeding Benny in the evening and walking him nightly, and Rachel was in charge of walking him in the daytime and bathing him. 

Rachel said, “The first bath we gave Benny, we flooded the bathroom! There was water all over the floor and the hallway.” Rachel got a good laugh thinking back to the event. 

Benny was an older dog that didn’t play very often, but he did enjoy chasing them around the house and loved to get on their beds (even if he wasn’t supposed to). Michael really loved having Benny at the house and found it easy to care for him. 

After several months, all the housemates and staff really fell in love with Benny and have missed having him in the home. Benny is now back with his family and is doing well. His owner was thankful to Charissa, Thomas, Michael, and Rachel for providing such a wonderful home for Benny this summer.

While the residents of Eggleston’s Civitan House are taking a much-needed break after learning so much about caring for an animal, they are considering a foster pet again, maybe even a cat next time!


Interested in fostering a pet?

If you would like to learn more about fostering and how to apply visit the Chesapeake Humane Society website.  Foster families are needed for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s a puppy or kitten who needs some extra attention as they develop or a special case like Benny who just needs a temporary home. See how you can give back to the community like the Civitan housemates did.

*Benny is a fictional name used to honor the privacy of the pet owner.

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Eggleston Automotive Center a Community Treasure For More Than 20 Years

Eggleston Automotive Center’s mission-driven focus combined with its unique business model make it more than another employment program offered by a nonprofit.  Since 1999, it’s been a community institution, treasured not just because it provides jobs to people with disabilities. It also provides affordable cars to people who need them.  “I’m very proud of what we’ve built,” said Paul Atkinson, Jr., Manager of Eggleston Automotive.

Eggleston operates multiple business enterprises that employ people with disabilities, including a garden center, document shredding, a farmers market and a business fulfillment center. Eggleston also contracts with federal, regional and local businesses to support branches of the government and the military in areas that range from laundry to custodial to food service.  Add to that Eggleston Automotive, a service that accepts car donations, cleans and repairs them, and sells them at auction with proceeds supporting the overall vision of a more inclusive future.

When Paul J. Atkinson, Sr., CEO of Eggleston, started the vehicle donation program, his intention was to create an employment program that aligned operations with Eggleston’s mission of empowering and employing people with disabilities.

Opportunities are typically limited for individuals who need support to complete their job, particularly in automotive fields. But helping those with disabilities gain independence, confidence and increased feelings of self-worth is central to Eggleston’s core.  The nonprofit dates back to 1955 when it opened as Tidewater Vocational Center, which helped seven people with disabilities. Today the organization serves hundreds through 33 programs and 22 locations. Its employment programs focus on reducing barriers so people with disabilities can lead full and productive lives.

Auto repair Reggie - detailing

Eggleston Automotive follows a distinctive business model, said Eggleston’s Danielle C. Nance, Vice President of Marketing and Development.  “I’m not sure there’s anyone else who does things quite the way we do,” Nance said. “We take car donations, repair them mechanically, detail them and get them ready for auction, and then we handle all parts of that auction. We do everything, soup to nuts, as a nonprofit. Most nonprofits would shop that out to a third party.”

Running or not, any vehicle can be donated to Eggleston Automotive, which picks up donated vehicles free of charge. Next day pickup is available, and a tax deduction receipt is mailed. Donors encounter no DMV hassles. Eggleston Automotive handles all the pertinent paperwork. All that’s needed is a properly signed title.

Eggleston Automotive’s team of detailers — mostly people with disabilities — take over from there. They take pride in making the donated vehicle look as close to new as possible. Minor repairs are completed if necessary.  Dedicated direct support professionals from Eggleston serve as job coaches, assisting those who need help overcoming barriers related to their disability.  A job coach might spend a few hours, an entire day, a week or more with each individual based on that worker’s skill set, personal needs and level of comfort transitioning to the job.  “The jobs at Eggleston Automotive are unique in the industry,” Atkinson, Jr. said. “Nationally, there are not many opportunities for this type of work in a supported employment setting. We are a more understanding employer.”

Too often, Nance said, organizations pigeonhole people with disabilities to accept any job. Eggleston strives to help people work in fields that interest them, among the reasons so many options with the company exist.

“While we also place people in competitive employment situations, it can be often challenging for those with significant disabilities to find work,” Atkinson, Sr. said. “Creating business enterprises like our garden center, our document shredding service and Eggleston Automotive are all ways for us to create different avenues for people to succeed in the area of their choosing.”

Once cars are detailed, they become part of Eggleston Automotive auction, typically held every other Saturday. Size of every auction ranges from approximately 40-60 cars. Eggleston prides itself in transparency and permits prospective buyers two days to preview the vehicles and access to notes about the car. Eggleston Automotive sends out email blasts to its bank of subscribers that number more than 7,000. Recent featured vehicles in the last email newsletter included a 2008 Dodge Caravan, a 2006 Lexus, a 2001 Volvo and a 2007 Ford Ranger, just to name a few.

Robert and Jeff - detailing auto auction

On auction day, bidding begins at 9 a.m. at the North Military Highway facility, with doors opening an hour before.

“We have many repeat customers who get all their cars from us and bring friends and family when the need arises,” Atkinson, Jr. said. “We’ve built a car-buying community.”

In the last fiscal year, more than 1,400 car donations came into Eggleston and sold for $1.4 million.  All the money received through the auction supports Eggleston’s programs. In fact, Atkinson, Jr. said, “The money we raise allows for programs which would otherwise not exist. Our auto auctions allow us to subsidize those programs and secure their continued existence.”

The scope of programs Eggleston offers individuals, families and businesses is vast. They include support services that promote community integration and inclusion, such as group day services that encourage peer interaction and skill building; one-on-one community coaching to minimize barriers disabled people face; and community engagement, which fosters relationship building and natural support systems for people with disabilities. Eggleston offers brain injury services, including case management and a Beacon House program that focuses on the abilities of those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. Residential services range from group homes to in-home support.

Although the past few years have posed challenges for Eggleston Automotive, auctions continued without interruption even during the height of the pandemic. Eggleston Automotive closely followed CDC, federal, and state guidance and implemented risk mitigation strategies to remain open. For nearly a year starting in March 2020, sealed bid auctions replaced live auctions.  “When we were able to resume live auctions on April 10 last year, there was significant enthusiasm from our auction attendees,” Atkinson, Jr. said. “We are extremely grateful to those who chose to support.”

More challenges continue to mount for Eggleston Automotive, as fewer donations have come in during a time when used cars fetch a premium price due to an overall lack of supply. At the same time, catalytic converters are in increased demand, and as many as 30 have been stolen from the donated cars parked inside the fenced Eggleston Automotive lot.

While Atkinson, Jr. is hoping to mitigate the problem with enhanced security and increased lighting, Eggleston Automotive has canceled its two scheduled auctions (July 2 and 16) and will hold its next auction on July 30.  Nonetheless, Atkinson, Jr. is confident that Eggleston Automotive will remain a vital community resource.  “Our donors are the backbone of the operation,” he said. “Not everyone who believes in our mission is in a position to support us financially or with a car. However, those who are allow us to do our work in this community. Their donation represents jobs, funds, and a second life for their car. I also distinguish us from other operations in this way: We are local. The benefit of any gift stays in Hampton Roads. That’s why I have no doubt we will persevere through these times. We’re grateful to be part of a community that never lets us down.”

To donate a car to Eggleston Automotive, call 866-386-GIVE or visit this link. To be added to Eggleston Automotive’s email list, visit To change the life of an individual with a disability through a monetary donation, click here.

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Eggleston’s Upcoming Events and Fundraisers 



Eggleston’s Farmers Market

Farmers Market fresh produce year round

Eggleston is excited to announce the opening of its year-round Farmer’s Market in Norfolk! The market will feature seasonal produce and offer locally made pantry items such as baked goods, honeys, soaps, and more! Located in the Riverview neighborhood of Norfolk, the farmer’s market is taking over the former space of Clementine’s.

Please join us on Earth Day, Friday, April 22,  at 110 La Valette Ave Norfolk, VA 23504 for a special opening celebration from 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with special remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

If you would like to RSVP please register here.



Eggleston’s Give Local 757 Hoppy Hour


Happy Hour at Smartmouth Brewimg fundraiser

Join us for Taco Tuesday, Music Bingo, and GIVING on Tuesday, May 10th for an in-person Give Local event at Smartmouth Brewing Co. at 1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507  from 4:00 pm-8:00p with Music Bingo starting at 5 pm. 

The Give Local 757 initiative is a program created by the Peninsula Community Foundation to spark and grow local philanthropy, One way they are accomplishing this is through the region’s annual 24-hour giving day held on the second Tuesday in May. You can help Eggleston win prizes and collect funds that support nearly 1,000 adults with disabilities in Hampton Roads each year. Let us know your coming on our Facebook event page!

Bringing a large group? Purchase a table for up to 6 people here.

Cant make the event but would love to help Eggleston reach their goal? Donate Now.


13th Annual Eggleston OK5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk, and Roll


OK5K 1 mile fun run and walk

Each year Eggleston empowers 1,000+ adults with disabilities in Hampton Roads thanks to the support of our local community. Annually, Eggleston’s OK5K & 1-mile Walk, Run, and Roll event raises awareness and funds for Eggleston’s employment, housing, and community programs that make all the difference for our neighbors with disabilities.

This year, the 13th Annual OK5K & 1 Mile Run, Walk, and Roll is back in person at Virginia Wesleyan University! Check out our sponsorship opportunities and don’t forget to register for race day here


Each year Eggleston empowers 1,000+ adults with disabilities in Hampton Roads thanks to the support of our local community.

Annually, Eggleston’s OK5K & 1-mile Walk, Run, and Roll event raises awareness and funds for Eggleston’s employment, housing, and community programs that make all the difference for our neighbors with disabilities. This year, we are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual OK5K is back, in person, at Virginia Wesleyan University!

This event is a great opportunity to showcase your company while supporting a nonprofit that is empowering people and building diverse and inclusive communities. Please find more information about the exciting sponsorship opportunities at the link below.

Thank you for considering a sponsorship and we hope to see you on race day!



Paul Atkinson                                                                         Danielle C. Nance

Chief Executive Officer                                                         VP of Marketing and Development


For More Information view our 2022 OK5K Sponsorship Package.

Never too Late to Achieve Your Dreams

Whether at 16 or 60, many people see a driver’s license as a symbol of independence and freedom, and Will is no different.  Will first came to Eggleston as a traumatic brain injury survivor and has been a member of Eggleston’s Brain Injury Clubhouse program, Beacon House, for many years.  He began receiving in-home supports in 2020 and with the help of his direct support professional (DSP), Anthony, got his own apartment.  Recently, Will reached another major life goal, obtaining his driver’s license and getting his own car!

We recently sat down with Will and his DSP, Anthony, to discuss what this milestone meant to him.

Tell me about the journey to get Will’s driver’s license:Will with his new car 2022

Anthony: When I first got assigned to Will one of the first things he told me he wanted to do was get his license back. And I could see in his eyes that he was determined! We talked everyday about the goals he needed to achieve and step by step we achieved those goals by going to the appropriate doctor visits, staying in touch with the DMV and family. While doing this, we were also able to achieve other goals Will had planned for himself.


Was the process an easy one?

Anthony: There were some hiccups along the way, but Will rose to the occasion and accomplished those goals. After finally getting his license, Will was blessed by a family member and was given a car. Lucky we had already planned an appointment at the DMV in advance and it was only a short while before Will was able to get his registration and be back in the community driving. 


Will how is life on the road?  

Will: I loving being back on the road and driving for me is like riding a bike. I remembered.

Anthony:  He obeys the laws of the roads and is able to go to the places he enjoys the most like The Recreation Center, First Landing State Park, Visiting friends from his old neighborhood as well as some of the various restaurants he frequented when he was living at home giving him the ability to still be a part of his community.


Will’s story is a true testament to what you can achieve when you make a plan and never give up.  If you happen to see Will on the road, give him a thumbs up from his family at Eggleston!


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Schedule of closings for December 2021