WHAT WE DO
"Help, Healing, Hope" isn't just our slogan.
It's also our strategy.
We don't think of it as just a catchy phrase. It's a daily reminder of why we are here.
We are most well-known for our help, providing food and clothing for those in need, but we never want to simply give a “handout.”
We want to do more, with a “hand up,” offering an opportunity for healing… restoring lives by helping people develop new skills and utilize resources to build their own bridge from their present circumstances toward a better lifestyle.
Our passion, however, is to go a step further, by offering a “handshake.” In all we do we seek to build personal relationships. We want people to know that they are loved, and that they can find the hope that everyone needs to live a full and purposeful life.
HOW WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION
Our work is focused in five areas, three of which deal directly with food distribution and two with assistance and education.
The largest neighbor-choice pantry in the state west of Richmond, providing fresh produce, dairy, meat, and bakery items as well as non-perishables.
Now starting its third year, this backpack food program improves the ability of hungry children to learn by providing a bag of nutritious easy-to-fix meals on Friday afternoons, to sustain them over the weekend.
… Park View Cafe
What started 24 years ago as a Wednesday night supper that was open to the community continues today, welcoming over a hundred people each week with a hot meal, cool music, and warm friendship.
We provide neighbors with personal, one-on-one assistance with the critical issues of daily living. Whether in a time of crisis or just a moment of frustration, we help them navigate the complexities of available resources and local agencies. The most requested issues deal with housing, employment, utilities, healthcare, and childcare, but sometimes it's just a need for compassion, understanding, and love.
A collection of free classes helping participants learn healthy and safe living habits and develop important skills for employment. Subjects range from keeping a clean kitchen to using a computer in the workplace. Funding for certain classes is provided through a partnership with the City of Lynchburg and its Bridges to Progress initiative, and by First National Bank, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Career Works, and Adult Career Education.
Along with local colleges, businesses, churches, and individual donors and volunteers, we're working to improve not only the median household income but the quality of life for more families in our community. When that happens, everyone benefits.