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Our greatest need is for Neighborhood Connectors -- respected individuals who live in the community and have the ability to mobilize fellow residents around issues they care about. Our partners recognize the value of citizen-led efforts but most lack the funds to hire a part-time connector in communities they support. These would be part-time (6-8 hours a week) positions open only to residents at a cost of roughly $7,500 per community which would include coaching and training in ABCD.Our Summer Dream Catchers project has proven to be the most effective starting place for launching a new ABCD effort. In summer 2015 we launched the project in seven neighborhoods and had to turn away two other communities who wanted to be a part of the project due to our limited capacity. Our desire is to make our summer Dream Catchers project a year-long Young Leaders Program and to hire a part-time program director. Estimated cost: $24,500.
You have heard, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” But what if the fishing pond is unhealthy? Sadly this is the reality in far too many Richmond communities, where residents lack opportunities for advancement. Embrace Richmond seeks to “change the condition of the pond.”
We use an asset-based community development (ABCD) approach that builds on the gifts, talents, and passions of the neighbors themselves. We believe the larger community can play a critical role in the neighborhood transformation story by walking alongside resident leaders and equipping them for works of service they feel called to do.
Our mission is to strengthen neighborhoods from the inside out. We do this by training and coaching congregational and community leaders in asset-based community development. Our vision is to transform Metro Richmond, one neighborhood at a time.
Embrace Richmond was founded by Wendy McCaig in 2005. She was attending Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond then, having left a successful career in accounting. She felt a calling to serve in low-income communities around Richmond.
Society often looks at those who lack material means as “needy,” labeling them based on what they don’t have. As Wendy encouraged her friends to serve others, she saw transformation. Her friends become known as the people who care about others. Wendy did not realize it at the time, but what she had stumbled across was the power of an asset-based approach. Instead of looking at her new friends and seeing all they lacked, Wendy saw their giftedness and, given the chance to use those gifts, they began to see those gifts in themselves and in each other.
More than 10 years later, Embrace Richmond empowers leaders in ten Metro Richmond neighborhoods – Hillside Court, North Central, Brookland Park, Lincoln Mews, Broadwater Townhomes, Shady Hill Mobile Home Park, Crystal Lakes, The Cloisters, The Villiage of Ettrick and Davisville.
For an example of Embrace's impact consider: there are nine, resident-led initiatives in Hillside, engaging more than 300 neighbors of all age groups each month. The initiatives grew out of Embrace Richmond’s paradigm shift, empowering through coaching and training and encouraging leaders to change from within.
Over the two years, Embrace Richmond has experienced tremendous growth. We have gone from two neighborhoods that are applying ABCD principals and practices to ten and we have many more who are moving in that direction. Our greatest challenge is capacity, both within the organization and at the community partner level.
Embrace Richmond supports neighborhood strengthening efforts in the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Henrico County, Village of Ettrick, City of Hopewell, and Chester.
The greatest challenge facing the ABCD movement not only locally but globally, is providing nurture and support of new and emerging resident leaders. Our desire it to continue to grow our ABCD Regional Network which provides a monthly gathering where resident leaders can receive on-going training and support. Through this networks we are encouraging peer to peer mentorship and co-creating best practices for the region.
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