A retired automotive industry mogul, Jason and his wife Carol joined the Developmental Disabilities team of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (GBCH&FM) serving in all capacities of providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities for over 7 years. Upon his second retirement and returning to Virginia to live closer to their children and families, Jason’s vision to continue to provide support services to individuals in the Stafford area was realized through his determined leadership and perseverance as in 2001 he successfully founded Heritage House of Virginia, inc.
Jason’s generosity is evident throughout Heritage House. The quality of homes and locations in which he secures to provide services in are exactly what he would attain for himself or a loved one. The group homes are in lovely neighborhoods, spacious, comfortable and most importantly, home-like. Day services are provided in prime commercial locations with amenities to meet complex needs in the community. Jason has instilled principles throughout Heritage House such as requiring that when individual desires to participate in an activity that they cannot afford – Heritage House provides the funding necessary for their participation. Additionally, Jason’s establishment of and commitment to the Heritage House Way is easily seen in two of his teachings; first, “Inspect what you expect.” and second; “At Heritage House we never do what is required; we go way beyond that.” These ideals set and raise the bar for all Heritage House clientele and staff.
Mr. Sapp’s dedication to Heritage House and the individuals served here continues despite his third retirement that resembles a full time job with overseeing the large picture operations, our expansion into Georgia, and the continued mentoring of his daughter Suzanne who now serves as Director.
In 2012, Mr. Sapp assumed the Executive Directorship of the Special Needs Advocacy Program (SNAP); a non-profit membership organization committed to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; SNAP volunteers develop programs, funding and public policy that assists individuals in realizing their goals of learning, living, working, worshiping and playing in our community.
Jason and his wife Jane reside in both, Stafford Virginia and Norman Park Georgia, enjoying the fruits of lives lived in service to others.
Mrs. France acquired her expertise through many years of on the job training from Direct Support Professional on to Lead Residential Staff to Program Manager and beyond.
Suzanne leads by example and sets the tone for how the individuals in her program are treated. Her patience and calming, positive attitude have led to numerous successes with individuals who were thought of as “unable” to thrive in a community setting. Suzanne’s passion is evident as she remains an active and vocal advocate in the lives of the individuals who live at and attend Heritage House programming. Despite the rapid and continued growth of Heritage House she continues to work 1:1 with individuals to ensure their long term success and remains a key member in developing plans for supports that will allow her
individuals to thrive in her program.
Mrs. France serves as the Chair for the non-profit Special Needs Advocacy Program and is an enthusiastic sponsor and works diligently to promote inclusion and acceptance for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Mrs. France is affiliated with the Fredericksburg Area Local Human Rights Committee and is acclaimed for fostering an environment where employees are encouraged to be conscientious protectors of the human rights of the individuals served by Heritage House.
Mrs. France currently resides in Stafford VA with her husband Tom and their cat McGee; she is an active member of Ramoth Baptist Church, serving on the Long Range Planning Team, teaching pre-schoolers and singing with the Celebration Choir. Suzanne delights in being “Nanny” to 4 active grand boys and spending lots of time with her children and families.
Residential and Day Services
Day Services Program Manager
Chris Jackson is the Heritage House Day Services Manager and Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. Chris is approaching 12 years of service with us and has worked in multiple roles during his time here. He began his career as part time in our residential program before transferring to Day Support where he spent 8 years supporting individuals in their desire for community integration and to be valued members of their community. Once promoted to manage Day Support, Chris enriched and oversaw a growing program that employed several Direct Care Professionals and served many individuals. Chris’ patient and nurturing spirit are a blessing both to the individuals he serves as well as his coworkers who are always eager to spend time working alongside of him.
Chris became part of the programming team where he initially served as the Assistant Program Manger before taking over as the Day Services Program Manager. Where he continues to develop and implement services that address the varied and specialized needs of those desiring exciting opportunities for socialization, pre-vocational work and volunteering.
Chris also serves as our Therapeutic Options instructor and works with and trains all staff members to ensure that consistent and positive supports are provided to our individuals. His engaging and unique sense of humor serves him well as he is regularly able to diffuse and redirect individuals who are in crisis and engaging in negative, aggressive, self-injurious or otherwise maladaptive behaviors.
Chris is spearheading Heritage House’s efforts to become CARF certified as we look to the future, embracing Person Centered Thinking and Planning, Best Practices, and utilizing the latest in technology and resources.
Janet Zoller Obert
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Day Support Manager
Helping Hands Prevocational Opportunities