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.
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