Historic Brookland Park Area

Embrace Richmond currently supports the efforts of the Historic Brookland Park Collective.  The Brookland Park Collective is a gathering for concerned citizens who have taken a leadership role either as block connectors, action team leaders or civic association leaders and who want to work across civic association lines to strengthen the Historic Brookland Park area.  The Historic Brookland Park Collective is open to civic engaged citizens from five neighborhoods including North Central, Battery Park, North Barton Heights, Ginter Park Terrace and Providence Park.Through on-going community listening projects the following community defined priorities have been identified:

  1. Safety
  2. Community Cohesion
  3. Youth Development (older youth)
  4. Economic revitalization of the Brookland Park Commercial Corridor

We support the following projects through coaching, training, provision of space and funding:

Block Club Projects designed to increase community cohesion and safety are done in partnership with area civic association. Revitalization of the Brookland Park commercial corridor in partnership with local merchants and the Brookland Park Area Association. Young Leaders works in partnership with area youth serving organizations to address youth development.

Wise Guides Listening Project

This project was a result of a young leader’s passion for listening to seniors of Historic Brookland Park. This project is an example of how listening projects can foster  youth development as this young leader gained skills in public speaking, project management and community engagement. The full project can be found here.





In the Lincoln Mews North Oak community, Embrace Richmond has partnered with Better Housing Coalition. We also support the following projects through coaching, training and grants:

LMNOP Neighborhood Action Team – Launched Fall 2015

Dream Catcher Project – Summer 2015




Conversations on Race and Community: Neighborhood Spotlight Series Post #3

Conversations on Race and Community: Neighborhood Spotlight Series Post #3

This semester we are blessed to have a team of amazing interns.  We have assigned each to neighborhood action teams across the city and have asked them to document what they are learning about each team.  This week, our insights come from Emily Krudys, a student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.   I have lived in Richmond for almost twenty years, but barely know my neighbors outside of my near West End community.  Now as a seminary student at Union Presbyterian Seminary on Brook Road, and as an intern with Embrace Richmond this is changing, and I am changing.  It is about time.   I am meeting new neighbors in the Northside community of Barton Heights and surrounding areas along Brookland Park Boulevard.  This community, along with the folks at All Souls Presbyterian Church , are seeking to create a “beloved community” and examine “who is my neighbor” and what it means to seek to “love your neighbor.”   They are hosting open, frank, and caring conversations about Race and Community  on the first Thursday of every month.  The topic of the first meeting was simply “What kind of community do you want?”  In that conversation, I learned that my Northside neighbors are from a proud and strong heritage, a neighborhood where some families have lived for generations.   This is a community that, in 1952, with courage, foresight, and intention, formed the first integrated Presbyterian church at All Souls.  Now, coming together again as neighbors, we seek a community that is safe and connected.  A neighborhood that is open and “neighborly,” but where neighbors, old and new, respect the history,...
The Spirituality of Community Building – Neighborhood Spotlight Series #2

The Spirituality of Community Building – Neighborhood Spotlight Series #2

These wonderful insights into the spirituality of community building come to us from Owen Bagley, one of our thoughtful interns.  What began as a prayer group on Brookland Park Boulevard, today continues as members of the Northside neighborhood come together to pray for their community. In honor of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity the group reflected on the meaning of Christian unity.  Is Christ’s body divided?  What does it look like to have unity without uniformity?  Is Christian diversity important or beneficial? With a multitude of Christian traditions represented, the members of the prayer group discussed the aspects of faith which each tradition contributes to the larger body of Christ.  In this eye opening discussion we each shared how we learn, benefit, and grow spiritually through conversations and interactions with one another.  Each tradition brings a unique element to the table, all of which further and strengthen the Christian body. In our Richmond communities, diversity is ever present.  Yet through prayer and conversation, this group of Northside neighbors has found value in such a blessing. As a student in seminary, I found this discussion to be particularly applicable to my life.  One of the members of the prayer group shared an enlightening metaphor of the Christian body.  He said that when we reflect on our bodies, what we often notice are the cuts and bruises, the scrapes and the infections.  These areas of the body, however small they might be, often draw the majority of our attention.  Of course, we cannot ignore the wounds our bodies receive; wounds need healing.  Yet, they often consume our focus and our...