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, part-time 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
On July 19, young men from the 5/8 Club and STRIVE met with members of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association about restoring a trail that used to connect Greenstone on 5th to Tonsler Park and Cherry Avenue. The trail was heavily traveled decades ago but is overgrown and unusable today. We discussed issues like how we […]
It is always so amazing to see kids get excited about God! This summer in particular was full of opportunities as we hosted four straight weeks of Vacation Bible School in Prospect. Normally just one week long, this year we had the opportunity and privilege of partnering with four churches to offer VBS throughout the […]
“The adventures I had were amazing and wonderful, but what I realize now as an adult is that God’s love and his truths were planted in me at such a young age.” On June 13, former program participant Dieira Henderson shared her Abundant Life story with attendees of our 2nd Annual Art of Building Community […]
On a mid-June night when nearly 200 community members gathered at Trinity Presbyterian Church to celebrate and support the work of Abundant Life, Director of Community Engagement Anne Brown presented the Sherman-Rogers Community Builder Award to the Layman family. The honor punctuated the 2nd Annual Art of Building Community’s uplifting program, which also featured original […]
In what has become an annual tradition, nearly 50 people gathered at Trinity Presbyterian Church on June 12 to celebrate STRIVE’s 18 mentoring pairs and it’s seventh graduating class. After a welcome by STRIVE Assistant Coordinator Dylan Rosenthal and blessing by participant Joseph, guests enjoyed a meal catered by Wayside Chicken. Next, STRIVE participants and […]