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
Each month, a member of the Abundant Life Fellows 2019-20 Class will be sharing a personal reflection on our blog. Up first, Rachel Gaffin! “Let the little children come to me.” It’s what Jesus said to his disciples after they tried to prevent children from distracting Jesus while he taught. Often, in children’s Bibles, Sunday […]
We are pleased to introduce our first ever Abundant Life Fellows class! Under the supervision of Director of Leadership Richard Feero, the five members will serve 11-month terms, from August 2019 to July 2020. See below to get to know our Fellows! KATY CORREA, Middle School Academic Assistant. Katy holds a B.S. from The […]
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 […]
In late June, nine of our Royal Girls participants made the 4.5-hour trek to Citikidz, a Christian sports camp in Rector, Pennsylvania. After working all year to fundraise their camp fees, the young ladies sat on pins and needles as the bus pulled into the Citikidz entrance. Camp counselors greeted them with energetic chants, hugs, […]