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.
- 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.
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.
2012 Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership
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· 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.
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.
· 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.
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.
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.
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