Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery

The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery 

Crisis Stabilization Program

RACSBs Crisis Stabilization Program became operational on January 3, 2007 and welcomed its first residents two days later. This program is a safe, therapeutic residential program for adults experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Individuals can stay for up to 15 consecutive days per psychiatric episode. The current six-bed facility is located at 1512 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg and has served nearly 400 individuals.

In May 2008, RACSB announced plans for The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery, a proposed 12-bed community-based residential facility, which will be funded by a $2 million grant from Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. The new 5,900-square-foot residential facility will be located at 615 and 617 Wolfe Street in Fredericksburg. The donation will also be used to renovate the existing building currently owned by RACSB at 818 Lafayette Boulevard for use as an eight-bed long-term boarding house for adults with serious mental illness.

“Recently, I learned that Planning District 16, with a population of over 300,000, has only 34 beds available for the care of people with mental illness. It is obvious that this is a woefully inadequate response to their plight.” -- Doris Buffett

The Fredericksburg City Council approved RACSBs application for a special use permit for The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery at its September 9, 2008 meeting. This new building will replace the six-bed residential crisis stabilization facility on Princess Anne Street, which does not contain adequate space to meet the growing demand for services.

In February, G.L.M.G., Inc. General Contractors of Fredericksburg was awarded the building contract for both facilities. On March 17, 2009, more than 50 guests joined RACSB at a groundbreaking ceremony. The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery was completed in October 2009 and became operational on November 16, 2009.

View construction photos of The Sunshine Lady House

See coverage on CBS Evening News - Originally Aired December 4, 2009

View renovation photos of 818 Lafayette Boulevard


Sponsorship Opportunities

At the 23rd Annual Legislators Get-Together hosted by RACSB on October 16, 2008, Ms. Doris Buffett issued a challenge to local civic organizations to help furnish the new Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery. Community support will allow RACSB to direct more of its financial resources to direct service care to those in crisis.

Activity Room                                                                        $15,000

  • Includes arts and craft tables and storage units, multimedia equipment, sofas, cushioned chairs, hutch cabinet, lamps, window treatments, area rugs, and wall hangings - Sponsorship made possible by the local employees of GEICO


Living Room                                                                           $13,000

  • Includes sofas, cushioned chairs, hutch cabinet, coffee tables, end tables, craft table and chairs, shelf unit, multimedia equipment, lamps, window treatments, rug, and wall hangings

Meeting Room                                                                       $7,500

  • Includes 16 chairs, window treatments, area rugs, and wall hangings - Sponsored by James E. and Ellen S. Jarrell, Fredericksburg

Offices (four remaining)                                                          $3,500 each

  • Includes office systems (desks), chairs, window treatments, and wall hangings -Sponsored by Friends of NAMI - Rappahannock and Al and Wanda Travis

Nurses Office                                                                         $3,000

  • Includes one office system, XL-Twin bed, medication storage, and window treatments


  • Single-person (one remaining)                               $2,500 each
    One room sponsored by the Stafford County Lions Club
    One room sponsored by RACSB Board Members Beth and John Elkins, David and Frances Vaughn, and Barbara and Floyd Williams and Executive Director Ronald W. Branscome and wife Mary Jane
    One room sponsored by the Fredericksburg Host Lions

    One room sponsored by Snowden at Fredericksburg
    One room sponsored in memory of Kelly Givens by The Kelly Givens Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, Inc. and Larry and Sherry Givens
  • Two-person (two remaining)                                    $4,200 each
    One room sponsored by Union First Market Bank
  • Each person will have his/her own XL-Twin bed, dresser, nightstand, and lamp
  • Sponsorship also includes window treatments, rug, and wall hangings

    Snowden at FredericksburgUnion First Market Bank

Kitchen Appliances                                                                $8,520

  • Seven items needed
  • Individual item prices range from $600 to $1,900
  • Convection Range and Wall Oven – Purchased through a $4,000 grant from the Fredericksburg Realtor Foundation, Inc.
  • Dishwasher - Purchased as part of $5,000 donation by Union Bank & Trust (in addition to one two-person bedroom)

Laundry Appliances                                                               $2,250
Patio Furniture - Sponsored in Memory of Bob by Mary Jane O'Neill
Grill and Cover - Sponsored by Halsey Homes Corporation     
Porch Rocking Chairs (four) - Sponsored by John D. and Marie O. Kunlo, King George County

Printable Sponsorship Overview

Area organizations and individuals wishing to contribute to furnishing The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery are recognized on plaques located in each individual room. An additional plaque recognizing all donors is located near the facility entrance. Contributors are recognized with a logo and link on the RACSB website and in a Quarterly Newsletter publication.

RACSB welcomes all sponsorships/financial contributions and is happy to work with donors to accommodate desired donation amount. Partial room sponsorships are available.

To learn more, please contact Michelle Wagaman at 540-373-3223, ext. 3074 or

The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board is a public not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible for those who itemize deductions. Please contact Robert Nuzum, Director of Finance and Administration, at 540-899-4473, if you have any questions. Thank you for your generosity and support.




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