Bob Lupton to Speak in Richmond

Bob Lupton has invested almost 40 years of his life in inner-city Atlanta. In response to a call that he first felt while serving in Vietnam, he left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. Bob and his family sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults. Bob is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries – a non-profit organization which he founded – he has developed two mixed-income subdivisions, organized a multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is the author of five books (Theirs is the Kingdom, Return Flight, Renewing the City and Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life plus his newest book Toxic Charity) and the widely circulated Urban Perspectives – Reflections on the Gospel, Grace and the City. Bob has a PhD. in psychology from the University of Georgia. He serves as a speaker, strategist and inspirer with those who seek to establish God’s Shalom in the city. Date:  Friday, June 8th Time:  Doors open at 6:30p, Bob will speak at 7pm. Location:  Northminster Church – Contemporary Worship Center Ticket: $10 which can be purchased at:  http://www.ccda.org/gather/event/37  Your confirmation is your ticket. Website Announcement:...

Unity Day a Success

On Saturday, April 14, Hillside Court and the surrounding neighborhoods celebrated Unity Day. This is an opportunity for local organizations such as the Police Department, EmbraceRichmond, ROSMY, the Richmond Health Department and Shalom Farms to interact with the community in a fun, informative atmosphere. Within the children’s area there was face painting, hula hooping, jump roping and puppet making. It was fun to watch the adults enjoy the activities as much as the kids! Some organizations, such as the Oak Grove PTA and Embrace Richmond were asking for volunteers for their upcoming events. The Richmond Health Department offered free STI testing and advice for living a healthy lifestyle. The Making of Champions provided food for everyone at the event. Unity Day was truly a collaborative experience as a variety of resources and communities came together for fellowship....

Opportunity Knocks Jobs Club

Embrace launched Opportunity Knocks Jobs Club, a weekly group meeting for Hillside residents searching for employment in February. Facilitated by Dr. Alex Boyd (Living Faith Christian Fellowship), each one-hour session is designed to support, teach, encourage and hold group participants accountable for their job search. A small group of outside volunteers from local churches has gathered around the group as well to provide resources such as interview clothing, referrals and mentoring. Group members are invited to volunteer with Embrace’s team initiatives while working on any barriers to employment (i.e. valid ID, fines, transportation, GED). One of the group members, Ms. Monica Davis, came in with a game plan and time line. She stuck to it with determination.  Monica joined the family team and participated in Opportunity Knocks while doing job search in the Hillside Rec Center computer lab.  She scheduled the second portion of the GED test for the following week.  In her pursuit for employment and volunteering Monica became a great asset to the community and an inspiration to those seeking employment.  She was able to obtain a job before the end of the month. Ms. Davis is a prime example of the gifts of the Hillside community and the reason why we love the work we do in this...

Salisbury Presbyterian Church Hosts Concert for a Cause

We are so thankful for our friends at Salisbury Presbyterian Church who through their Concerts for a Cause series, raised an estimated $900 to support the work of Embrace Richmond.  The audience was treated to the beautiful music of Irish soprano Anne O’Byrne and pianist David Fisk, executive director of the Richmond Symphony.  Thank you to everyone who came and showed your support....