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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

A Lasting Harvest: Rooted in Community Abundant Life’s 25th Anniversary Celebration We are celebrating 25 years! Twenty-five years of being present in the Prospect community through programs, staff, volunteers, tutoring, mentoring, Bible studies, personal finance training, first-time home ownership, high school and college graduations, and walking with resilient Prospect families as they pursue abundant lives. Join us for […]

Dear Abundant Life Friends, After nearly four years of joyful and thoughtful work to further Abundant Life’s mission in the Prospect neighborhood, Nathan Walton has announced that he will be departing from his role as full-time Executive Director in fall 2021. Nathan is pursuing a call as Co-Lead Pastor at East End Fellowship in Richmond, VA, […]

Abundant Life is excited to announce the hiring of Charlottesville native Tessa M. Thompson as our new Elementary Program Coordinator! Tessa will oversee academic and faith-based programs for Prospect neighborhood youth who attend Johnson and Jackson-Via Elementary Schools, as well as the volunteers who serve them. She will also consult on the development of early childhood and preschool programming. […]

As the 2020-2021 Fellows year came to an end, so did an integral part of the experience. For the last nine months we were privileged to attend weekly bible study with Rev. DJ Carter. There is something very distinct about bible study with DJ. Actually, a bunch of distinct things: his charisma, dynamism, and spontaneity, […]

At Abundant Life, we are always working to embody the 8 principles of Christian Community Development: Reconciliation, Redistribution, Relocation, Empowerment, Church-based, Leadership Development, Listening to the Community, and Holistic Approach. Reconciliation seems to be one of the most popular topics these days with the current events that have revealed much of the brokenness remaining in our nation. We often shrink […]

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