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 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 they are respected and 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.
… Food for Families
The largest neighbor-choice pantry in the state west of Richmond, providing fresh produce, dairy, meat, and bakery items as well as non-perishables.
… Food for Thought
Now in it’s second year, this backpack food program improves the ability of hungry children to learn by providing nutritious meals to over 700 students on Friday afternoons, to sustain them over the weekend.
…Park View Cafe
What started 23 years ago as a Wednesday night supper that was open to the community continues today, welcoming over a hundred people with a hot meal, cool music, and warm friendship.
… Community Resource Center
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 showing compassion.
… Life Skills Institute
A series 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.
Along with local colleges, businesses, churches, and other partners, we're working to improve not only the median household income but the quality of life for more families in our community.