Our Mission

To strengthen communities from the inside out.

Our Strategy

We train and coach neighborhood and congregational leaders in asset-based community development (ABCD).

Our Core Belief

Great neighbors make neighborhoods great.

About Embrace

Embrace Richmond's mission is to strengthen communities from the inside out.

By training and coaching neighborhood and congregational leaders in asset-based community development (ABCD), we’re growing great neighbors throughout Metro Richmond.

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2015: Our Most Impactful Year

2015: Our Most Impactful Year

As we reflect on this past year, the word that comes to mind is impactful. At the beginning of 2015, we were engaged in asset-based community development efforts in two neighborhoods. At the end of 2015, we are blessed to be supporting efforts in seven neighborhoods with two more community engagement efforts under development. This rapid expansion in asset-based community development efforts across Metro Richmond is the direct result of the hard work of our community partners who successfully completed both our Mission Shift training programs and the summer Dream Catcher projects. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to train over 200 church and community leaders in ABCD in 2015. The video below contains the highlights of this past year: The most exciting achievement this year was the expansion of the Dream Catcher project which engaged over 20 neighborhood youth in the community building efforts in their neighborhoods. As a result of their hard work, seven new action teams were formed. These teams are addressing issues of safety, community connectedness, economic revitalization, school strengthening and youth activities. Below is a short video about this project: Additionally, Embrace Richmond turned 10 years old this year and celebrated our 10 year journey with nearly 100 of our closest friends and supporters. We have captured the highlights of this 10 year journey in this video. The amazing year we had would not have been possible without our community partners, our donors, our wonderful staff, the hardworking neighborhood leaders, our board of directors and the countless volunteers who have served so faithfully. Please help us make 2016 even more impactful by...
Embrace Insights: Our First Henrico Partner

Embrace Insights: Our First Henrico Partner

Embrace Richmond had the great opportunity to work with the UUCC of Glen Allen last month and introduced them to our mission shift training. The majority of the group who gathered together to see what mission shift training could do for their ministry thought the opportunity was a rewarding opportunity and opened their eyes to the idea of working “with” their community instead of “for” them. After all of our mission shift training sessions, we ask the participants to let us know what they learned and how their perspectives have changed in result. Here are some of our favorite insights: “I now realize that helping is not always ‘giving.'” “I have a new way of looking at what real help is. It’s facilitating folks in taking ownerships to help themselves.” “It was eye-opening to see social justice work encouraged from bottom up rather than top down.” “It changed me to think less about how it might change me and more about changing the world!” We are so glad that they enjoyed the outcome of their training and are excited to work with UUCC in the future! If you are interested in mission shift training for your community or ministry, e-mail Wendy McCaig at wendy@embracerichmond.org for more...
How We Celebrated Our 10th Birthday

How We Celebrated Our 10th Birthday

This past Thursday, Embrace Richmond invited our partners, supporters and friends to help us celebrate the past ten years’ worth of milestones and accomplishments of our organization. The event was hosted at the Firehouse Theater and funded by our generous Board Chair, Don Reich. Two of our newest merchants from Brookland Park Boulevard, Nomad’s Deli and Streetcar Cafe provided the food for the event with an assortment of wraps, sandwiches, wings and platters to make sure no one went hungry.   We hosted a reception for the first hour, which was then followed by a presentation led by our executive director, Wendy McCaig. The presentation featured firsthand stories from those who have been with us since the beginning and those who have joined us over the years to help us grow Embrace Richmond and the communities we work with.   Close to 90 people came to celebrate with us and we couldn’t be more grateful or humbled to have so many people involved with Embrace.   Thank you for a great 10 years and here’s to 10...

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