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:
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
Last week, Elementary School Coordinator, Tessa Thompson, and her littles kicked off Summer programming with Wildrock Nature Camp on Abundant Life grounds. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV Wildrock is on a mission to provide urban youth […]
The Fellows embarked on an adventure to further their understanding of history and ministry, with a goal of bringing their knowledge back to the community of Prospect to better serve alongside them. “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:11, KJV The Abundant Life Fellows Program was inducted as […]
This week, Advancement and Communications Director, Faith Kelley, spent precious time in the community with the youth in Greenstone Commons while passing out flyers for Registration Night. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20, KJV Abundant Life was founded for the […]
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS. Are you interested in supporting K-12 students and their families? Do you have a few hours a week to mentor, tutor or lend a helping hand to support a youth program? Would you like to develop long-lasting, amazing, and mutually transformative relationships in a Christian-based ministry? If so, consider becoming a volunteer […]
This Spring, the Abundant Life STRIVE program celebrated togetherness and brotherhood on their annual Spring Trip. “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:26 KJV The Abundant Life STRIVE Program was designed to foster and further leadership skills. This program focuses on preparing young men in our community, […]