From the Richmond-Times Dispatch archives, here is an image from December 1977 featuring Claudine Venick (standing left) and Scott Mabe leading a class on assertiveness, one of several conducted at Family and Children’s Services headquarters for adults from the general public. Here, participants have written descriptive notes about each other. The notes will be exchanged and used in the training program.

Family Lifeline, which originated as The City Mission in 1877, is celebrating 140 years of services this year. The organization, which helps citizens in need, transformed over the years from Associated Charities (1905), to Family Service Society (1928), and Family & Children Services (1968). Today, as Family Lifeline, the organization continues its work in the Greater Richmond area and is the largest nonprofit provider of intensive home-based care in Central Virginia.