Working together to live an abundant life
Abundant Life demonstrates God’s love through holistic community development in the Prospect neighborhood.
By the Numbers
Working alongside our neighbors and friends, and supported by countless organizations and volunteers, we are sharing God's love with the Prospect community. Here are some notable numbers from 2017:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
We believe that every human being is created in the image of God and has great worth and dignity. Through long-term, lasting relationships with parents, children, and residents, we demonstrate the love of God in our community.
Many of our programs center around tutoring and mentoring for children from elementary to high school. Our individualized programs and one-to-one tutoring yield significant results.
Through our financial literacy courses we empower our neighbors to manage personal finances and gain self-sufficiency. Participants have bought their first home, furthered their education, or started a business, often with the help of matched savings.
Victoria participates in our Dollars and $ense class, while daughter Cordasha participates in Johnson Tutoring.
“It’s helped me to budget my money and not spend on things I really don’t need, [and Cordasha] has really improved in her reading and her math.”
A STRIVE graduate who started in Johnson Tutoring in 3rd grade, Amdane is currently a PVCC student, employee, artist, and entrepreneur.
“I just want to thank everyone who’s been there for me, especially [my STRIVE mentor] Mr. Harris and his family. They took me in as one of their sons and I kind of needed that. I really want to thank you because without that I probably wouldn’t have graduated honestly.”
Currently a high school senior, Nayante has been a part of Abundant Life programming since 2nd grade. Participating throughout middle school allowed Nayante to share her spirit with other participants and staff, as well as prepare her for leadership roles; she served as Bible Camp counselor last summer and Royal Girls Junior Leader this school year. Her warm personality and talents have helped make the girls more comfortable and open with her. Nayante dreams of joining the military as well as obtaining a bachelor’s degree after graduation.
After moving into a Habitat home on Prospect in 2015, Adelina and Benny enrolled their sons Javier and Cristian into STRIVE and the 5/8 Club, respectively. Javier is now a STRIVE and Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center graduate working at UVA, and Cristian is a STRIVE student who just completed his first internship.
Stories and News
As I reflect upon my time thus far in the Fellows Program, I think not only of the time spent engaging with kids or helping with ministry, but the opportunities I’ve had to introspect as well. This year the Fellows have had an abundance (pun intended) of meetings, readings, and conversations with community leaders, experts, […]
COVID-19 created a serious setting for fall programming discussions at Abundant Life. Loss, and the fear of loss, had taken on new forms with an unprecedented speed for many around the world and systems were responding with shifting policies, increasing restrictions, and specialized committees. Charlottesville City Schools decided on an all-online start to the school […]
Amid a pandemic that forced the 19th Annual Fifeville MLK Day Celebration online, Abundant Life presented its much-anticipated Community Awards to winners via Zoom. Abundant Life then shared the award presentations on social media throughout the day to celebrate the awardees: Chris Nocks, Christ Episcopal Church, Juan Aparicio Dominguez, and Diane Myers. Watch the videos […]
Every year since 2003, Abundant Life has invited Fifeville residents to come together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Together, we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, his ideals of nonviolence, justice and equality, the talents of our neighbors, and the culture of our neighborhood. Due to COVID-19, we are moving the 19th Annual Fifeville MLK Day Celebration […]
Dear Abundant Life Family, I hope this post finds you well, and that you are enjoying this holiday season! This has certainly been quite the year for all of us. I wanted to personally reach out to first say THANK YOU, for all the ways that your partnership has enabled Abundant Life to make a […]