WHY WE EXIST
Understanding What We Cannot See
Lynchburg is a city with a population of about 80,200 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016) and a poverty rate of 22.3%. While that is well above state and national averages, the zip code in which Park View is located suffers from an astounding poverty rate of 42 percent, the fourth highest of any in Virginia.
The truth is that many of those we serve are hardworking and honest individuals who have experienced a crisis that has brought them to a place of financial insecurity, such as the loss of a job or death of a spouse. Others live in chronic or generational poverty, and have never been taught another way of life, a way to find that bridge they need to break the cycle. That is why we are working to empower and educate our citizens to recognize their worth and their potential, and live the full lives for which they were created.