WHY WE EXIST
Understanding What We Cannot See
The national poverty rate is about 12 percent. For Virginia, it's even less, but 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.
Many of those we serve may 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, having never been taught another way of life - a way to find that bridge they need to break the cycle. That is why we employ a holistic approach, to empower people to recognize their worth and their potential, and live the full lives for which they were created, as shown in our motto:
Help, Healing, Hope
We don't think of this 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 our neighbors to know that they are loved, and that they can find the hope that everyone needs to live a full and purposeful life.