Who We Are:
Our mission is to strengthen individuals and the community by providing opportunities for neighbors to build relationships, access resources and develop skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community.
We are a grassroots educational and cultural center fostering personal growth and community change in Greater Fulton, an impoverished community in Richmond’s East End. We were formed in March 2002 as a response to the underlying conditions of low-educational attainment and poverty in the community. In February 2004, a dedicated group of volunteers purchased the old vacant community post office and, with the help of supporters and friends, transformed the building into a vibrant community center. In January 2005, we officially opened with an after-school tutoring program, GED classes and an early youth literacy program. For over 10 years, we have been THE resource for the Greater Fulton neighborhood.
What We Do:
We build individual, family and community capacity through four vital program areas:
Community Education-We provide a Montessori preschool for children, ages 2 ½-5, an after-school and summer program for youth, ages 6-18, and adult GED classes.
Community Health-Youth and adults learn healthy lifestyle skills and eating habits though cooking and exercise classes, gardening classes held in our sustainable learning garden and our free summer youth lunch program.
Community Employment and Financial Resource Development-Through our NRC Works program, adult neighbors are provided with employment placement and career improvement services, financial education and coaching, and access to public benefits/income supports.
Community Organizing-We serve as the convening agency for Greater Fulton’s Future, a multi-year neighborhood revitalization initiative.
Why We Do What We Do:
The community of Greater Fulton is one of Richmond, Virginia’s most poverty-stricken neighborhoods. 48% of our residents twenty-five and older lack a high school diploma or equivalent. Low educational attainment translates into low paying jobs. 41% of our families live on less than $15,000 a year.
4,625 people, including 1,060 youth call Greater Fulton home. We are a low income, low wealth community. Many of our families are one medical crisis or major car repair away from crossing over the threshold into severe poverty. The lagging economy continues to take a toll on our families’ ability to achieve economic stability as they continue to struggle to secure the basic needs of housing and food. Job mobility and transportation options are limited here in the community. There is no grocery store, bank, school, library, or even a post office!
How We Are Making A Difference:
We are the only place where residents can come to enroll their children in a Montessori pre-school, afterschool and summer programs, take GED classes, work with an employment and/or financial coach, utilize computers, telephones and fax and copy machines, enjoy a book out of our library or just gather with fellow neighbors. We are the place to be. We are THE resource for the community.
In 2015, we provided services to 1999 individuals from the neighborhood, which included:
• 26 children enrolled in our Montessori Program.
• 180 youth enrolled in our after-school and summer program.
• 90 adults enrolled in our NRC Works program.
How You Can Make an Impact:
($491,000/240 operating days=$2100)
It costs us $2100 a day to provide services to 100 of our youth and adult neighbors.
Our staff is the key element which makes our programs successful. 77% of our budget goes towards salaries and benefits. We operate on a small staff of seven full-time and 6 part-time individuals to implement all of our programs.
$25,000 would cover 2 weeks of operating costs.
$50,000 would cover 6 weeks of operating costs.
$75,000 would provide 2 months of operating costs.