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
At the 2nd Annual Art of Building Community benefit, Abundant Life debuted a video short featuring interviews with staff, partners, and a former participant. Together they describe our philosophy of holistic community development and its impact on Prospect families and the neighborhood. The video includes program footage to give you an inside look at how […]
This year, through an exciting new partnership with UVA’s Social Issues in Medicine (SIM) course, first year medical students served as tutors in our Johnson Tutoring program. SIM gives the future doctors an opportunity to work with different populations in order to further develop important social skills and think about social determinants of health. Each […]
Come get some royal treats to support our Royal Girls at their bake sale this Saturday, June 1st from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Greenstone on 5th Community Center! The young ladies will be selling brownies and cupcakes to raise money for their trip to CitiKidz Camp in PA this summer. Please spread the word! Royal […]
As our 2nd Annual Art of Building Community benefit approaches on June 13, a number of businesses and individuals have signed on as sponsors. We would like to recognize the following for their generosity: Kris and Lee Livingston Tom and Jane Duffey Underground Shorts Media LLC Northwestern Mutual (Mark Krebs/Martin Couric) Jeff and Kate Bloxsom […]
As a pastor and an aspiring theologian, I have an ever-accruing list of men and women whom I long to learn from and emulate. One such figure is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As evidenced by the vast spectrum of ways in which Bonhoeffer is championed, quoted and appropriated, he is a complex figure to say the least. […]