Boaz and Ruth, Inc.
3030 Meadowbridge Road
Richmond VA 23222
Mission Statement

Boaz & Ruth’s mission is to rebuild lives and communities through relationships, transitional jobs, and economic revitalization. Three key strategies pursue that mission:

· We rebuild lives of formerly incarcerated men and women through a transitional jobs and training program.

· We empower the physically blighted commercial corridor of Highland Park by restoring buildings, incubating and operating businesses, and providing jobs.

· We connect Highland Park and our program participants to the wider Richmond community through activities that bridge racial, economic, and geographic barriers.

All three strategies, intertwined, create a strong rope of rescue for struggling individuals and their troubled community. 

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CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Megan Rollins
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Eacho
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Department of Corrections, Retired
Contact Information
Address 3030 Meadowbridge Road
Richmond, VA 23222
Telephone 804 329-4900
Fax 804 329-0190
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,576,000.00
Projected Expenses $570,000.00
Additional Documents
Boaz & Ruth 10-Year Overview2012View

Boaz & Ruth’s mission is to rebuild lives and communities through relationships, transitional jobs, and economic revitalization. Three key strategies pursue that mission:

· We rebuild lives of formerly incarcerated men and women through a transitional jobs and training program.

· We empower the physically blighted commercial corridor of Highland Park by restoring buildings, incubating and operating businesses, and providing jobs.

· We connect Highland Park and our program participants to the wider Richmond community through activities that bridge racial, economic, and geographic barriers.

All three strategies, intertwined, create a strong rope of rescue for struggling individuals and their troubled community. 

In 2009, Boaz & Ruth was one of 100 nonprofit organizations recognized by the White House for being "creative, results-oriented programs."  Recently, we evaluated our top accomplishments of the past several years:

 - Boaz & Ruth has developed six training social enterprises including a furniture thrift store, moving business, clothing thrift, estate sales, construction team, and Fire House 15 Cafre & Catering.  These enterprises are designed to provide training and employment for program participants and to restore the once-vacant and blighted commercial corridor of Highland Park, filling the emptiness with a positive presence.  Through these businesses, over $2 million has flowed back into the community through trainee stipends over the past three years.

  • The Virginia state rate of recidivism is nearly 30%, while nationally it is 50%.  But less than 13% of Boaz & Ruth program graduates with a history of incarceration have been re-incarcerated.
  • The positive presence of Boaz & Ruth trainees and businesses influenced a 67% decrease in crime in the Highland Park neighborhood over the last twelve years.
Our goals for 2014 include:
- Placing 65% of program graduates in employment positions within 6 months of graduation.
- Ensuring the recidivism rate for graduates with a history of incarceration remains below 15%.
- Ensuring program graduates achieve a minimum of ten self-sufficiency milestones while in the Boaz & Ruth program.
- Increasing revenue from our 6 social enterprise businesses to at least one-third of our operating budget.
Boaz & Ruth (B&R) has a need to grow our six training social enterprises - in revenues and concurrently in number of training job positions.  Secondly, B&R is facing the challenge of replacing funding previously provided by AmeriCorps.  The Board made a calculated decision to end an AmeriCorps contract in August 2011 because, due to changes at AmeriCorps, the partnership was no longer congruent with the mission and values of B&R.  Though a plan is in motion to replace this substantial source of funding, it will take some time to replace those funds with private donations, training business revenues, and rental income.  In the meantime, the organization is reducing expenses and concentrating staff on revenue-producing activities.
The concept for Boaz & Ruth began with long-time Richmond antiques dealer, Martha Rollins, who daily saw the tremendous resources of the wealthy coming in the front door of her shop and the severe need of the poor and often jobless folks living in the neighborhood behind the shop. She began to ask, “How can these resources and needs be connected?” That question would lead to the founding of Boaz & Ruth
Through partnerships in the community of Highland Park, local churches and universities, businesses and associations and individual volunteers, the initial training store, Harvest Thrift, has been flanked by four more training businesses that have employed dozens of neighborhood residents, increased the tax base in Highland Park and encouraged others to take the risk of developing businesses in the area.  This activity has influenced a 67% decrease in the crime rate in Highland Park since 2003.
Since 2002, Boaz & Ruth has served over 200 people in our Rebuilding Lives Training Program and nearly 300 workers in our partnership with the City of Richmond Department of Public Works.  79 clients have graduated from the intensive 12-month program, and of those who spent a shorter time in the program, many left when they obtained jobs, while some were not able or willing to meet the requirements of the program. To date, 64% of graduates obtained a job after graduation; of these 75% maintained a job for at least a year.  Less than 12% of program graduates have been re-incarcerated – the Virginia recidivism rate is nearly 30% and nationally 50% of ex-offenders return to prison. 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Christine Eacho
Company Affiliation Virginia Department of Corrections, Retired
Term June 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Robert Beukema Le Grande Tour
Mrs. Christine Eacho VA Dept. of Corrections
Mrs. Gina Elbert Dominion Energy
Mrs. Elizabeth Harkless Thought Logic
Ms. Kim MacLeod Hunton & Williams
Ms. Tiffany Musselman Virginia Commonwealth University, MCV Hospital
Mr. Ryan Rinn Storefront for Community Design
Ms. Megan Rollins Boaz & Ruth
Mr. Haywood Spangler Work & Think
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Megan Rollins
Experience Megan Rollins, President/CEO

Megan Rollins stepped into the role of Interim President/CEO in January 2013 and was appointed President/CEO in June 2013, building upon six years of leadership at Boaz & Ruth, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.  Megan has an in-depth knowledge of Boaz & Ruth programs, operations, and vision for the future.  Prior to her role as COO, Megan served as Director of Volunteers, Events and Partnerships at Boaz & Ruth as well as the AmeriCorps Director.  

Personal/Professional Awards

2012 Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership

The purpose of the Fund is to help develop effective organizational leadership within the local charitable sector by providing professional development opportunities to nonprofit professionals who have demonstrated the potential to become the future leaders of the community.

GRAVA 2011 Volunteer Administrator of the Year

An annual award recognizing top leaders in the field of volunteer administration within its membership.

Megan was a member of the 2011 class of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program, a member of the 2009 class of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute, and has attended several session of the Duke Divinity School Summer Institute.  She holds a B.A. from Mary Baldwin College.
Former CEOs
Mrs. Martha Rollins Jan 2002 - Dec 2012
Senior Staff
Mr. Paul Morgan Director of Training
Mrs. Megan Rollins Director of Volunteers, Events & Partnerships
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 681
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
The synergy of training, business and community activities has proven to be fertile ground for collaborations with other non-profits, government agencies, and the business and academic communities throughout greater Richmond  Please review our annual reports for a complete listing of partners.
 •     City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW)  - During this partnership, B&R hired, trained and supervised more than 200 refuse collectors, thereby expanding the number of clients we assisted with reentry, at the same time providing a stable, reliable workforce for the city.
  • North Richmond Revitalization Coalition -  a partnership of police, businesses, churches, schools, residents and nonprofits that work in unity for a common vision for North Richmond as a safe, prosperous, vibrant and caring community.
·       City of Richmond Adult Education – GED and computer classes at Boaz & Ruth for B&R trainees and the Highland Park community

·       Richmond Police Department – The department provided a life coaching grant, serves as host for our graduation ceremony, and established its Truancy Prevention Program office in our property at 3096 Meadowbridge Road.

·       Richmond Sheriff’s Department – B & R was a partner in the GRIP program and provided major assistance for the Long Walk to Freedom event.

·       The Healing Place – A reciprocal agreement has been formed to meet the needs of those struggling with addiction. 

CEO Martha Rollins was invited to the White House in July 2009 where President Obama recognized 100 leaders of not for profit organizations in the United States who, in his words are “succeeding where others have failed; getting real, measurable results; changing the way we think about some of our toughest problems.”The White House2009
A summer 2009 article in the Washington Times applauded our partnership with the private and public sector for the dramatic transformation in Highland Park. Among the examples of progress were increased employment, stable housing, a recidivism rate much lower than the national average, enrollment in higher education and impressive community ventures and commerce.Washington Times2009
B&R was a 2009 winner of the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award in the community revitalization category. Our partnership was selected out of 650 applications by a panel of community development and law enforcement leaders for our effective strategy and significant accomplishments. The award is given in partnership between MetLife Foundation and LISC Community Service Initiative.MetLife Foundation2009
Community Leader AwardHenrico NAACP2008
Community Service Award - presented by City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson6th District of Richmond2008
Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award - in the category of National Service Program for its contributions to the life and welfare of the people of Virginia. The award specifically recognized B & R’s partnership with AmeriCorps.Governor of Virginia2007
Boaz & Ruth was one of 44 national and two local recipients of Bank of America’s 2007 Neighborhood Builders Award that includes leadership training and an unrestricted grant of $200,000 over two years.Bank of America2007
Boaz & Ruth was invited to be a 2006-7 partner with the University of Richmond Center for Civic Engagement ‘Build It” – a community engagement partnership targeting Highland Park. CEO Martha Rollins serves on the 15-member CCE Advisory Group.University of Richmond - Center for Civic Engagement2006
B&R was awarded first prize in the 2006 national Partners in Transformation program sponsored by FASTEN (Faith and Service Technical Education) and PEW Charitable Trusts.FASTEN & PEW Charitable Trusts2006
Founding President and CEO Martha Rollins was one of 15 winners (selected from 1500 nominees) for the 2006 Purpose Prize, a national leadership award sponsored by Civic Ventures, with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation.Civic Ventures, Atlantic Philanthropies, John Templeton Foundation2006
B&R was selected as a replicable social entrepreneurial venture by Alcoa Foundation’s International Learning Circle Award Phase II, which provides consulting and training from VCU, the Nonprofit Enterprise Institute and the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise.Alcoa Foundation2006
CEO Martha Rollins was a finalist for the 2005 Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership sponsored by the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central VirginiaThe Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia2005
Veronica Kerns, B & R’s first trainee and graduate, was selected for the National Governor's Association Prisoner Reentry Academy to serve on the Financial Obligations, Financial & Community Resources, & Housing Subcommittee on Reentry. Her participation impacted criminal justice policy.National Governor's Association2005
As COO of Boaz & Ruth, Megan Rollins was awarded the Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership.The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia2012
As Director of Volunteers, Partnerships & Events, Megan Rollins was recognized as Volunteer Administrator of the Year.Greater Richmond Association of Volunteer Administrators2011

The intensive 12–month Rebuilding Lives program provides immediate immersion into a work/life environment and focuses not only on the training of specific skills, but also on developing the emotional and relational competencies essential in obtaining and maintaining a job, as well as establishing positive personal and community relationships. B&R’s comprehensive approach to sustainable change requires trainees to devote an average of 50 hours per week to life skills classes, counseling, “life lab” work experience in B&R entrepreneurial business ventures, and community involvement.

Trainees earn stipends for the work they perform in the five training businesses operated by Boaz & Ruth.  This approach empowers trainees to devote themselves full-time to their restoration while still having money for food and housing.  Equally significant, this approach allows trainees to establish a record of positive employment to build upon when they graduate.  

Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Budget $212,982.00
Short Term Success In 2010, we expect to serve approximately 20 clients in the full-time training program and 40 in the Department of Public Works partnership program.  Our top four priority outcomes for the 2010 full-time training program are:


· 70% of program participants will be placed in employment positions either inside or outside of Boaz & Ruth by December 2011.

· The recidivism rate for program participants will remain below 10%.

· 2010 graduates will achieve an average of 12 self-sufficiency milestones defined by the program.

· 80% of participants will report greater levels of support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, social competencies, positive identity and commitment to learning.

In the 1960s, White Flight left 65% of homes vacant in Highland Park, leading to this neighborhood's eventual decline.  Since 2002, Boaz & Ruth has renovated a dozen commercial and residential buildings in the Highland Park neighborhood.  For struggling neighbors, the reclamation of neglected properties is a powerful metaphor for the restoration of broken lives and a depressed community.

With renovation comes much-needed commercial revitalization.  Beginning with the purchase and reclamation of a run-down, non-productive property in the heart of Highland Park, Boaz & Ruth now anchors a four-block area with renovated buildings including the main retail and training facility, a mixed-use building, a clothing thrift store, eight houses and Fire House 15 Café.  The commercial presence has encouraged other entrepreneurs to open businesses in the area.  In addition, two youth-focused nonprofit organizations have opened space in Highland Park and have begun providing services in the area.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $1,160,596.00
Short Term Success
The goal of our Community Revitalization effort is that Highland Park will become a safe, attractive, thriving "village," and its citizens will participate in and claim ownership of their community's revitalization.  By establishing housing and businesses in the area surrounding Boaz & Ruth, we will provide resources for our own program and participants, for the merchants and residents of Highland Park and, by extension, to the greater Richmond community.

In metropolitan Richmond, significant social and economic disparities exist between different areas of the city.  Differences are often barriers to connecting to “other” people. Through both large events and intimate gatherings, Boaz & Ruth provides opportunities to bring different communities together.  These connecting events are helping to transform our community’s mindset and culture by putting a human face on “other” people, including formerly incarcerated men and women.  In each event, Boaz & Ruth offers a safe opportunity to reach across social, economic and cultural divides and be powerful catalysts for change.  

In 2010, Boaz & Ruth sponsored over two dozen social and educational events that drew together people from around Richmond such as MLK, Jr. Celebration, Juneteenth, Long Walk to Freedom, and Beyond Dialogue, a series that uses film to stimulate honest and open dialogue around racial issues.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $184,992.00
Long Term Success
Long-term, the goal of Boaz & Ruth's Community Connections efforts is for relationships to be developed, stereotypes changed and bridges built across economic, educational and cultural divisions in Richmond.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,576,000.00
Projected Expenses $570,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$51,250$50,000$20,000
Individual Contributions$347,074$396,061$449,910
Investment Income, Net of Losses$101----
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$63,691$113,962
Revenue In-Kind----$17,638
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$478,574$697,117$996,753
Administration Expense$59,810$134,053$165,640
Fundraising Expense$25,250$34,447$53,341
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.930.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%7%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,588,327$3,357,084$3,488,655
Current Assets$313,117$135,459$149,058
Long-Term Liabilities$805,088$1,526,992$1,613,095
Current Liabilities$148,403$205,466$193,902
Total Net Assets$1,634,836$1,624,626$1,681,658
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.110.660.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets31%45%46%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose We are raising capital to improve our existing facilities to a standard of excellence deserved by the Highland Park community.
Goal $1,641,000.00
Dates Jan 2012 to Dec 2014
Amount Raised To Date $255,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audit.
  • Form 990 and audited financial statement prepared by Mitchell, Wiggins & Company.
  • Form 990 represents the financial position of Boaz & Ruth.
  • Audited financial statements represent the combined financial position of Boaz & Ruth and its affiliates.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" may also include support from individuals and churches.