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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 the past 25 years:

1152
Program participants
15
First-time homeowners
21
First-generation college graduates
2126+
Volunteers

Our Approach

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

Spiritual Development

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.

Academic Support

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.

Economic Empowerment

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.

Alumni Story

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.”

Alumni Story

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.”

Alumni Story

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.

Alumni Story

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.

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Stories and News

Abundant Life Ministries is celebrating Black History Month by taking time to reflect on historical and notable people who have contributed to our community, nation, and world. To kick off this month of noteworthy stories, are a group of nurses, now known as the UVa Hidden Nurses, who defied the odds of segregation and racial […]

We are blessed and honored to have our Executive Director, Eddie Howard, interviewed on Overcomers TV with Pastor Chuck Reich. His testimony is still prevalent in the work that is done in the community. There are so many of our neighbors who have similar testimonies, and we are grateful to be amongst them daily. We […]

Join us this MLK Day as we fellowship with one another for this MLK Day. All are welcome. The theme for this year’s event is Living Beloved Community. Our annual MLK Day event allows time for us to reflect on the lifetime works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his achievements in beloved community […]

As we move into the new year, We are excited to share our 2022 Impact Report with you. Abundant Life 2022 Impact Report Read more on our 2022 Highlights and the ministry’s impact on the community this year. Hear from our Executive Director, Eddie Howard, and his reflection on his first full year as Executive […]

This Saturday, December 10 from noon until sundown, Abundant Life will host its first annual Shine His Light: Community Illumination Day. We invite all neighbors and friends to join us as we hang Christmas decorations, enjoy food, coffee, and cocoa, and play games. The event will culminate with a Christmas light reveal outside 780 and […]

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