Category Archives: external focus

what others are doing…

I’m going to try to continue the theme of external focus. I was sending emails to the gal in charge of our external focus team, but I figured I’d just pile together several articles that I’ve come across lately:

“A collective effort” (Chesterfield Observer)

During the cleanup, which is hosted annually by the Ampthill Civic Association, close to 60 volunteers assisted seniors with yard cleanup, tidied a neighborhood park and disposed of excess yard trimmings. The JDA redevelopment committee hopes to see similar events take place in other neighborhoods along the corridor.
And there is plenty of work to be done. In a 2005 survey of 1,931 houses located in Jefferson Davis neighborhoods, 14 percent of them were found to have heavy wear and aging, while 37 percent were in moderate condition.

The Plans, The Hope, The Future (View from the Bridge)

Great vision thoughts; I’m sure I want to be part of doing something like this, especially this concept of whole families doing things – not separate divisions (kids, teens, mothers, fathers).

Richmonders Involved in Strengthening our Communities

The mission of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC) is to bring together diverse congregations in order to powerfully address the root causes of poverty and injustice in the Greater Richmond area. RISC’s member congregations are located throughout the Greater Richmond area and are diverse in their socio-economic, racial, denominational and geographic backgrounds. Congregations in RISC work together to build relationships, listen to common concerns, research community problems, and then to take action to see that systems in the community are held accountable to principles of justice and fairness.

Community Emergency Response Team Course Starts June 2

The course provides citizens with basic emergency-response skills to help themselves, their families and neighbors during that critical time before professional emergency providers can arrive.

Pocoshock Cleanup a Success

The Environmental Engineering Water Quality Team and Friends of Chesterfield’s Riverfront hosted a community cleanup of Pocoshock Creek on Oct.16, 2004.


an external focus…

So that’s going to be the (attempted) focus. The community (as opposed to the internal being those that are part of the ‘church’. kinda divisive and separating but I’m sure there’s a better way to say it… anyway).

Last post covers a list of organizations relating to homelessness; but as Jesus outright told his disciples, “you will always have the poor among you” (Matthew 26:11). Clearly not meant to just ignore the issue… you know what I mean.

But, go back a chapter to Matthew 25 and read this:

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'”

There’s more that we can focus on. Much more!

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Richmond homelessness organizations

It’s been a real while since posting, and I almost decided to stop. But… I think I may continue but focus a bit more, but then again, we’ll see how that goes.

I more or less just wanted to put out a list of area organizations dedicated to the homelessness:

  1. Homeward – planning & coordinating organization for homeless services
  2. Freedom House – community shelter, transitional housing and “intake”
  3. Daily Planet -job training and health care center
  4. Embrace Richmond – working to prevent homelessness by mobilizing people of faith through various programs such as UnityWorks
  5. The Healing Place – homeless shelter and long-term recovery program
  6. Home Again – nightly shelter and support services
  7. CARITAS – area churches providing winter emergency shelter
  8. Flagler Services – support specifically for homeless women and their families
  9. Daughters of Zelophehad – transitional housing for women and their children
  10. Hilliard House – assisting homeless women and their children
  11. Safe Harbor – shelter and counseling for those experiencing domestic violence
  12. CARITAS Community Sharehouse – transitional housing support (including furniture, employment and encouragement)
  13. Virginia Supportive Housing – permanent housing and support services
  14. Gateway Homes – transitional, residential treatment program for adults with mental illness
  15. OAR – offender aid and restoration
  16. CCHASM new! – Chesterfield & Colonial Heights Alliance for Social Ministry
  17. Chesterfield County Social Services new!
  18. Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness new!