WHAT WE DO
RE:work RICHMOND began as a response to our East End neighbors’ request for employment assistance.
After confirming with the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building that employment is the fastest and most direct way to move families beyond the poverty line, we established a unique public / private partnership between St Peter’s Episcopal Church in the East End, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in the West End, the Office of Community Wealth Building, and a non-profit in the East End called Challenge Discovery Projects. Since then, more faith communities of different denominations and other non-profits serving the East End have joined with us.
The mission of RE:work is to develop a model which will ultimately reduce poverty in the East End by helping unemployed and underemployed heads-of-household connect with the right family-sustaining career. All participants will be recommended by partner organizations serving families in the East End.
Our approach is comprehensive, including:
- Aptitude and Skills Inventory through YouScience
- Financial Mapping and Coaching with the Financial Opportunity Center housed at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Fulton
- Education Dollars through the Office of Community Wealth Building for furthering education
- Essential Skills Training utilizing the professional expertise in our congregations
- Job Placement Assistance through our Director of Development and Corporate Relations and the professional networks in our congregations.
- Removing Obstacles that get in the way of new employment such as transportation, childcare, and the decrease in benefits that occurs when new employment is obtained.
RE:work RICHMOND is hopeful that other congregations and non-profits in metropolitan Richmond will join in this effort, and that individuals, foundations and corporations will enthusiastically support this initiative in the years ahead.
An IRS authorized 501(c)3 organization. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.