The Journey home was founded by a husband and wife team who have a vision and calling to provide a safe home for those who find themselves in need of a temporary place to live due to a crisis situation. They recognized, and confirmed with Social Services, that there is a great need for housing in Louisa County. Journey Home guests will be given help and hope through Biblical discipleship and instruction in addressing relational, spiritual, and economic issues that have led to their homelessness.
The Journey Home provides Christ-centered transitional housing to individuals or families in need of a temporary place to live where they receive support in rebuilding their lives and find hope for the next step in their journey to being independent members of our community.
Residents of The Journey Home will live in the home for up to 18 months in a nurturing environment that will aid them in rebuilding their lives. Spiritual, financial, vocational and practical education will be available to prepare them for their next step towards permanent housing. This will be a place of dignity where residents contribute to the good of the community while working on the issues of brokenness in their lives.
Meet the People Behind The Journey Home
Our Board is made up of members from our community. They are actively investing their time and resources in this ministry.
Debby Read graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in nursing. She has practiced as a pediatric nurse, a childbirth educator and a counselor at a Crisis Pregnancy center. Her favorite job was raising 5 wonderful children (2 of which were adopted at ages 4 and 6) with her husband and best friend, Ed. We delight now in the 5 grandchildren those children have blessed us with. The past 12 years, Debby has partnered with Ed as co-directors of Campus and Community Ministry in Richmond for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations where they had the privilege and joy of encouraging the faith of the medical and dental students, residents and doctors there. She now rejoices in the new calling God has given them through The Journey Home and can’t wait to see what God will do in the lives He will touch.
Ed Read raised five children with Debby, his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years. He graduated from the University of Delaware and Jefferson Medical College then served in the US Navy as a physician from 1977 – 1985. After leaving the Navy he practiced as an ER physician from 1985 – 2015 in Pennsylvania & Virginia. He continues to consult in research, development, product safety and medical affairs for kaléo, a pharmaceutical company in Richmond. He enjoys teaching Bible studies, kayaking with Debby on Lake Anna, backpacking with friends on the Appalachian Trail and playing with his five grandchildren. He is looking forward to sharing this new adventure, The Journey Home, with his best friend, Debby.
Joy Hartman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from LeTourneau University. She is currently employed as a Relationship Banker. Joy, and her husband Skip, live in Louisa and are members of Mineral Baptist Church. Their passion for The Journey Home stems from their involvement for many years in foster care and adoption. Together, they enjoy water sports, participate in music ministry, are avid motorcyclists, and love spending time with their two grandchildren.
Jennifer Schulz has always had a heart to serve her local community. She became a social worker after graduating with her Masters from the University of Georgia and began her career as an Adoption Social Worker with Bethany Christian Services. She conducted interviews, home visits, and counseled prospective parents. Jennifer and her husband spent a year serving in Honduras and Mexico working with children at an orphanage. After returning to the US, they began a family and have been blessed with 4 boys. Jennifer serves in local ministry teaching Sunday School, AWANA, Co-Directing Vacation Bible School and coaching UPWARD soccer. She presently works as a substitute teacher. Jennifer desires to be the hands and feet of Jesus alongside others in the community serving those in need.
Darvin Satterwhite graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a B.A. in history and in speech communications, and graduated from the UVA Law School in 1982. He has been married to his wife, Flo, for the past 31 years and they have three children—a son and daughter who reside in Richmond, and a daughter residing in Great Falls, Montana. He is a practicing attorney in Goochland County and also serves as the pastor of Forest Hill Baptist Church in Louisa. Darvin enjoys his church work and is an avid turkey hunter.
Ben Reid is a graduate of Penn State University. While there, he became actively involved in a Christian campus ministry that was instrumental in changing the direction of his life. He was also able to learn carpentry while working with a custom home builder both during and after college. He then spent some time living in northern Virginia working for an engineering consulting company before moving to the Philadelphia area to help run a family business for 15 years. It was during this time that he became a volunteer for a local ministry providing home repairs to low-income homeowners. His volunteer work helping to solve housing issues eventually led him, his wife, and two children back to Virginia to work with The Journey Home and to continue efforts to serve people with housing needs.