First and most importantly we want to thank all our NEW and RETURNING donors who made our Matching campaign such a huge success. Thanks to the efforts of Fr. David Subu and his congregation at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA, their annual St. John ’s dinner raised over $4300.00 and a number […]


The year started out with a plan to recover from the constraints of COVID and get back to normal at the largest non-government organization (NGO) of its kind in Romania. The Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24 disrupted that plan completely. Well over 100 Ukrainian refugees of all ages came to Valenii de […]

Donation Update January 2023

We received generous donations from two NEW contributors. Our thanks to Cara C. and Cecily P. whose contributions will be matched by the Board on a 2 for 1 basis for a total of $1200.00! Our stalwart recurring donors since mid-December include Diana M., Jamie and Beth M., Jennifer D., Wendell B., Tim D., and […]

December 2022 Newsletter

  As 2022 draws to a close, the AFPVO Board (Sean, Donna, Frank, Kerry, and Shelby) wishes all of you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and joy-filled New Year. A technical snag prevented us from sending a Giving Tuesday reminder after Thanksgiving, so as you contemplate your end-of-year giving choices, we want to […]

November 2022 Newsletter

Frank and Donna returned from their second visit to Pro Vita in 2022.  Fr. Sean has also visited twice this year.  Board members have visited more often than usual to demonstrate our support and assess the impact of the Ukrainian refugees on the Pro Vita community.  New pictures of the residents and life at Pro […]

AUGUST 2022 Newsletter

Introducing our newest Board member – Kerry Garikes Kerry is a St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (SSSAS) alum (2008) and also graduated from UVA and Yale.  She just moved to Seattle, WA where she is working as an architectural designer for a commercial architectural firm — and enjoying Seattle’s hottest summer on record!  Kerry is […]


  Donna and Frank, accompanied by niece, Phyllis, visited Pro Vita in Valenii de Munte (VDM) for a few busy days in late April. This report is lengthy but we participated in so many activities during our short stay. We found a lot of activity engendered by the approximately 100 Ukrainian refugees there.  Many of […]

April 2022 Update

  Just a brief note with a real Newsletter promised next month. Frank and Donna, accompanied by their niece, Dr. Phyllis Shelton, are flying to Pro Vita on April 25. They will spend a few days assessing the refugee situation and planning for the future.  Wish we had a crystal ball as this war appears […]