Neighborhood Resource Center
1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond VA 23231
Mission Statement

The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) is an educational and cultural center fostering personal growth and community change in Greater Fulton, a community of 4,600 people in Richmond's east end.  Mission: The NRC strengthens individuals and communities by providing opportunities for neighbors to build relationships, access resources and develop skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community.

CEO/Executive Director Cheryl M Groce-Wright
Board Chair Annette Cousins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
Contact Information
Address 1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, VA 23231
Telephone 804 864-5797
Fax 804 622-7523
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $423,217.00
Projected Expenses $465,620.00
Additional Documents

The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) is an educational and cultural center fostering personal growth and community change in Greater Fulton, a community of 4,600 people in Richmond's east end.  Mission: The NRC strengthens individuals and communities by providing opportunities for neighbors to build relationships, access resources and develop skills to enhance their lives and determine the fate of their community.

The Neighborhood Resource Center has enjoyed a tremendous amount of excitement and growth in the past year.  
Thanks to two generous capital donations, we were able to purchase a 14 passenger mini-bus, which  has made a tremendous impact in our programs by allowing us to visit museums and partners, as well as, increase our outreach activities. Having our own bus has allowed us to dream bigger! To ask the question, “What else can we offer to our neighbors to help them not only survive but thrive?”
We also will be undergoing a renovation of our multi-purpose space into a flexible program space that will allow for program growth, especially in our out-of-school time programs, space for confidential conversations, and a new office area for staff and the Executive Director to perform their duties. Construction will begin in September.
We successfully implemented the YPQI (Youth Program Quality Intervention) tool. Having the ability to collect current data to assess the quality of our program and to build improvement plans fortified by prescribed methods trainings will only make our program stronger and more impactful for the youth we serve. Our youth deserve our best, and we feel that YPQI is making sure we bring our best to our young people each and every day.
For 2017, we will be completing an organizational assessment and revisiting and updating our three-year strategic plan, which we anticipate individual donor growth, facility expansion and endowment acquisition to be a major focus.


To maximize its ability to serve the Greater Fulton community in the short and long term, the NRC will need:  

  • Funds to rent or purchase a new space allowing NRC to run its adult programs in space separate from our children's space.
  • New computers and laptops to update the computer lab offerings
  • Funds to completely repave the center parking lot, and paint lines for parking.  
  • A naming sponsor for the annual Run to the River fundraiser in October ($15-25,000). Persons needed to: recruit and coordinate volunteers, secure business sponsorships, oversee logistics, help manage public relations
  • Volunteers to help youth with homework 3:30-5pm, Monday -Thursday
  • Gardening volunteers to help support and maintain our Learning Garden
  • Funding to completely integrate the Learning Garden into every aspect possible of children's programming, particularly around cooking  

Just beyond Church Hill, bordering Eastern Henrico and Varina to the east and Shockoe Bottom to the west, Greater Fulton is a community of 4,600 people tucked away in Richmond’s East End. Historically, Greater Fulton’s geographic remoteness translated into political isolation and few institutional resources. Until the Neighborhood Resource Center opened (in 2005), Greater Fulton (Fulton, Fulton Hill and Montrose Heights) was an urban village without a school, Head Start program, library, adult education, job training, health or cultural center to support life-long learning and wellness.  The lack of community-based educational resources took a toll in Greater Fulton where 48% of residents 25 years and older do not possess a high school diploma and 41% of wage earners live on less than $15,000 per year. Despite significant public safety and community improvement initiatives spear-headed by the neighborhood’s associations, Greater Fulton youth and adults were falling through the cracks. High drop out rates, street corner drug markets, teen pregnancy, poor health and poverty wages were among the challenges they faced. To begin addressing these conditions, the community needed a hub, a place to centralize resources and magnify community change efforts.  


The idea for a Neighborhood Resource Center in Greater Fulton began when the community’s post office closed (in 2001). Long-time Fulton Hill resident Mary Lou Decossaux saw what it could be.  She approached the neighborhood’s civic and business associations for input. The idea for a neighborhood resource center took hold. With unwavering support from the community’s associations, in 2002 a neighborhood board incorporated the concept, filed for non-profit status and started raising money to buy an old post office.  The board purchased the building in 2004. Led by a committed core of craftsmen from Richmond’s Building Trade Unions, volunteers from inside and beyond Greater Fulton transformed the abandoned building into a vibrant, multi-purpose community center.  The center opened in January 2005.  In response to parents seeking an affordable, neighborhood-based preschool option, in 2006, with guidance and support from Richmond's Montessori community, the NRC opened a sliding-scale Montessori preschool.

CEO Statement


We are engaged in the lives of our neighbors in so many ways; it makes me appreciate how deeply we are all connected. I look forward to us working and growing together.

The NRC, true to its roots, continues to support personal development through educational and cultural programs. At the center, we are working hard to prepare preschoolers for life-long success by laying the foundation for high educational attainment.  We provide resources for adults to equip themselves with the tools they need to find gainful and productive employment,  and school-age children receive support, not only in the form of homework help, classes, meals, events, and activities, but in providing an environment where their skills, talents and dreams are recognized, respected, and nurtured.

The NRC remains committed to positive community change. Through the Greater Fulton’s Future initiative, neighbors are coming together to work toward improved community safety, cleaner neighborhoods, safe and livable homes, a vibrant business corridor, and a Memorial Park to honor the community of Fulton that was lost in the 1970’s.

Greater Fulton is a flourishing community, and the NRC hopes to be the place where every person has access to the resources they deserve, and everyone knows that when you help your neighbor you help yourself, because we are ALL connected. 


Cheryl Groce-Wright
Executive Director 
Board Chair Statement
Keeping pace with the growth of the center is the greatest challenge facing the NRC’s board and executive leadership.  The NRC has grown from a staff of one to a staff of eleven.  Its budget has grown from $11,000 to $575,000 over the last 10 years.  Soaring program development and facility improvements characterize the NRC’s first five years of growth. 
To shore up existing programs, plan for expansion and sustain the organization over the long haul, the NRC will implementing an organizational development plan  as the result of an organizational assessment that acknowledges its need for administrative and communications support staff.
The NRC is committed to having residents determine the fate of their community.  From the beginning, the center has maintained a majority of community residents on its board.  The NRC builds resident leadership which is the key to lasting neighborhood change. 
I live in Fulton Hill. The main reason I joined the NRC’s board is because we share the belief that everyone has the right to live and raise children in a safe and stable community with access to quality education, healthy, affordable food and opportunities to realize their dreams and ambitions. 
Valerie Burwell
Past NRC Board President
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond, City
Henrico County
The Neighborhood Resource Center primarily serves the community of Greater Fulton, including the Fulton, Fulton Hill and Montrose Heights neighborhoods. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Annette Cousins
Company Affiliation Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Annette Cousins Community Volunteer
Chuck D'Aprix Principal
Isabel Eljaiek Community Volunteer
Keith Lewis RESCARE
Paula Long Luck Companies
Will Luckert Capital One
Jon Ondrack Fulton Hill Properties
Peter Wiens Stone Brewing Company
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 60
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
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 Cheryl M Groce-Wright
Experience Cheryl joined the NRC family on September 24, 2012 bringing thirty years of experience in program management. She has held positions in youth programming and development, fund-raising, academic and social science research, substance abuse and family counseling, and college student development.  She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the State University of NY at Oswego, her master’s degree of education in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree of business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is excited to bring her years of work and experience in educational and non-profit settings to the NRC.
Former CEOs
Annette Cousins -
Mary Lou Decosseaux Jan 2005 - Dec 2011
Senior Staff
Salome Fernando Director of Montessori Preschool
Ashley Patrick NRC Works Program Director
Holly Thornton Operations Director
Brandon Walton Food Program & Outreach Director
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Greater Fulton Hill Civic Association, Youth With a Mission, VA LISC, Rebuilding Together, Shalom Farms, Tricycle Gardens, Powhatan Hill Community Center, Valentine History Center, Mt Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary United Methodist Church, Carlisle Baptist Church, Liberation Church International, VA Department of Health, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), Blue Sky Fund, VCU ASPiRE, VCU School of Social Work, VCU Department of Sociology, Peter Paul Development Center, Embrace Richmond, Center for Workforce Innovation, Urban Hope, 
Youth Philanthropy AwardAssociation of Fundraising Professionals2012
Description The NRC is a vibrant community center that offers creative educational programs for youth and their families. Programs include a recording studio and writing workshop for kids to write and record their own songs; an organic garden and commercial kitchen to provide nutrition/healthy cooking classes and apprenticeships; a sliding-scale Montessori preschool; GED classes and after-school tutoring; Girl & Cub Scouts; Modern Dance; Arts and Crafts, Drama, Gardening NRC programs are supported by a library and computer lab with internet access.  NRCWorks, a Financial Opportunity Center, in partnership with VA LISC, helps members achieve employment and educational aspirations and financial stability.  Greater Fulton's Future, also in Partnership with VA LISC, is a community development initiative equipping community leaders with the skills and resources to facilitate change and growth in their own community.  
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $461,700.00
Description The NRC runs a Montessori Preschool program for 2 1/2  - 5 years olds, with tuition based on a sliding-scale  according to a families income and ability to pay.  It includes breakfast, lunch and two snacks daily, and runs from 8am-6pm.  
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $129,027.00
Long Term Success Launched highly successful Montessori Preschool program at the NRC. The Preschool is fully licensed in the state of Virginia and accredited by the American Montessori Society.

The NRC out-of-school time program serves school age children 6-12 years old. We operate from 3:30-6:30pm. Supper is served 3:30-5:00pm and along with volunteers, homework help and tutoring is offered. At 5pm, students have the opportunity to stay for classes and programs that include Gardening, Art, Writers Workshop and Recording Studio, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Dance, Drama, and Food Landscapes.

Our program provides a safe place for youth to have fun with their peers, while providing diverse educational enrichment opportunities, creative outlets for self-expression, and options to develop and practice healthy lifestyles and relationships.

Budget $124,628.00
Long Term Success

The NRC out-of-school time program offers youth ages 6-12 diverse educational enrichment opportunities, creative outlets for self-expression, and options to develop and practice healthy lifestyles and relationships to build competence, confidence, connection, character and caring/compassion.

Description The NRC Works program is a Financial Opportunity center seed funded by VA LISC and operates to help local members achieve Well-being, Opportunity, Relationships, Knowledge, and Stability.  It is a three component program integrated to provide 1) Employment search support and coaching helping members find their way through the employment and educational options open to them, 2) Financial coaching to assist members with learning about their financial circumstances and finding ways to work toward and achieve greater financial stability, and 3) Income supports counseling helping members find their way to food card and cash assistance, bus tickets and transportation support, programs offered through the Department of Social Services, and much much more.  
Budget $111,125.00
Description Greater Fulton's Future is a grassroots initiative developed by and carried out by the residents of Greater Fulton for the residents and neighbors of Greater Fulton.  Five work teams developed out of an extensive visioning process that each set goals and objectives for achieving growth and development in the neighborhoods.  Legacy Work Team produced the Historic Fulton Oral History Project which is housed at the Valentine History Center. Housing Work Team partnered with Rebuilding Together Richmond to repair and renovate 55 homes for elderly and disabled homeowners allowing them to age-in-place.  Economic Development Work Team has worked to revititalize the business corridor at the corner of Government and Williamsburg Roads.  Education and Services Work Team worked to get a monthly visit from the Bon Secours Care-A-Van, the only health care available in the community.  Parks and Infrastructure Work Team has worked to develop the Gilles Creek Park and make it a place for all the enjoy.  
CEO/ED/Board Comments

The Neighborhood Resource Center builds individual, family and community capacity through four program areas:             

Community Education - We provide a full day Montessori preschool with tuition based on a sliding scale, afterschool and summer programs for youth and adult GED classes. Knowing that many of our families live paycheck to paycheck, we charge $40 for each youth to attend our afterschool program per semester, with a $10 deduction for each additional sibling.

Community Health - Youth and adults learn healthy lifestyle skills and eating habits through cooking and exercise classes, gardening classes held in our learning garden, our free summer youth supper and learning program and our seasonal farm stand. We work with senior adults with social interaction, lively informational sessions, and low-impact forms of exercise.

Community Employment and Financial Capability Development - Our NRC Works program provides adults with employment placement and career improvement services, financial education and coaching, and access to public benefits and income supports.

Community Organizing – We serve as the convening agency for Greater Fulton's Future, a multiyear neighborhood revitalization initiative.


Since it opened in 2005, over 5,000 children, youth and adults have used center resources.  The center serves an average of 75 residents each day.  In 2015, 280 children and youth and 320 adults used center resources.  Families who would otherwise be financially locked out of quality educational and cultural opportunities have found an avenue for self-improvement at the NRC.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $423,217.00
Projected Expenses $465,620.00
Spending Policy Income Only
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$55,241$43,740$46,189
Individual Contributions$102,543$419,980$197,225
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$70$279
Membership Dues------
Special Events$5,475$1,150$6,343
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$549,057$488,118$425,119
Administration Expense$58,135$51,685$44,540
Fundraising Expense$38,759$34,453$29,691
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.330.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%5%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$426,219$508,579$311,390
Current Assets$180,090$283,642$131,111
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$15,986$18,338$10,508
Total Net Assets$410,233$490,241$300,882
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.2715.4712.48
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments
Unfortunately, NRC's 2015 annual audit is still being completed by the auditor, Roseline Group.  We will return to this profile and upload it as soon as it becomes available.
The NRC had a challenging year financially in 2016 when three grants that were anticipated, even expected, did not come is as we had hoped, totaling $100,000 in income that we had to find a way to accommodate that loss in income. (Bon Secours $30,000, Robins $22,500, Donor advised $35,000, and a 12,500 cut from City of Richmond General Fund). On December 1, 2016 we eliminated one full-time employee and three part-time employees to bring the 2017 budget into line with the level of income we are certain can be raised in the coming year.  Though cutting staff is always a last resort measure, that line item continues to be our largest expense and therefore where the greatest savings can be realized.  We do anticipate finishing 2016 with a deficit and anticipate making up some ground in 2017 with a development capacity building grant from a corporate partner that we are confident that should bring us close to a balanced bottom-line at the end of 2017.