Neighborhood Resource Center
1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond VA 23231
Mission Statement

The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) strengthens families. We build relationships, sharing resources, and developing skills to enhance lives in Greater Fulton.

  
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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Cheryl M Groce-Wright
Board Chair William Luckert
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capital One
Contact Information
Address 1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, VA 23231
Telephone 804 864-5797
Fax 804 622-7523
E-mail development@nrccafe.org
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
NRC List of Services flyer2017View
Statements
Mission

The Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) strengthens families. We build relationships, sharing resources, and developing skills to enhance lives in Greater Fulton.

  
Impact
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.

 
 
 
 
Needs

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 held annually in mid-October ($15,000-25,000). Persons needed to: recruit and coordinate volunteers, secure business sponsors, 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 and the new Community-Assisted Agriculture (CSA) Garden on Garber St. near our Center
  • Funding to completely integrate the Learning Garden into every aspect possible of children's programming, particularly around cooking, nutrition, and health  
Background

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 
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
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 William Luckert
Company Affiliation Capital One
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2019
Email William.Luckert@capitalone.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Kyle Brackett City of Richmond
James Chambliss Retired
Annette Cousins Community Volunteer
Chuck D'Aprix Economic Development Visions
Karen Earls Altria
Isabel Eljaiek Tricycle Gardens
Ryan Hamlet Blue Sky Fund
Daniel Klein Glass Smith
Will Luckert Capital One
Bonnie Newman-Davis Community Volunteer
Jon Ondrack Fulton Hill Properties
Joseph Stemmle Ameriprise
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Governance
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
Finance
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. After five years at its helm, NRC Fulton continues to benefit from Cheryl's diverse experience in educational and non-profit settings, leadership skills, and enthusiasm for its mission.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Annette Cousins -
Mary Lou Decosseaux Jan 2005 - Dec 2011
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Victor McKenzie NRC Works Program Director
Edie McRee Bowles Fund Development Manager
George Quesenberry Food Program & Outreach Director
Holly Thornton Operations Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
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
Collaborations
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, Feedmore.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
HandsOn Greater Richmond2015
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency2016
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Pat Asch Award for Cheryl Groce-WrightYWCA of Richmond2015
Youth Philanthropy AwardAssociation of Fundraising Professionals2012
Programs
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; Out-of-School-Time youth program (after-school and summer) that includes tutoring; Girl & Cub Scouts; Modern Dance; Arts and Crafts, Drama, Gardening. NRC programs are supported by a 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 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 an Out-of-School Time program (afterschool and summer) for youth, including supper every weekday. For 2017-18 35 youth are enrolled. Knowing that many of our families live paycheck to paycheck, we charge $40 for each youth to attend our after school 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. A recent addition to the program is a LCSW who serves as a case worker, helping individuals in our community, including seniors, identify social service and resources to improve their lives.

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

Since NRC Fulton opened in 2005, over 5,000 children, youth and adults have used center resources.  The center serves an average of 100 residents each day. Families who would otherwise be financially locked out of quality educational and cultural opportunities have found an avenue for self-improvement at NRC Fulton.

 
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$407,000$349,542$185,828
Government Contributions$74,242$55,241$43,740
Federal------
State----$17,208
Local$42,263$38,491$26,532
Unspecified$31,979$16,750--
Individual Contributions$178,697$102,543$419,980
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$50,145$48,231$112,605
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$70
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$5,475$1,150
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$50,511$4,911$242
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$480,073$549,057$488,118
Administration Expense$50,832$58,135$51,685
Fundraising Expense$33,890$38,759$34,453
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.350.881.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%8%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$615,884$426,219$508,579
Current Assets$385,764$180,090$283,642
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$9,851$15,986$18,338
Total Net Assets$606,033$410,233$490,241
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities39.1611.2715.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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
Comments
Organization Comments
NRC's 2016 annual audit is expected from our the auditor, Roseline Group, by early February 2018. We will return to this profile and upload it as soon as it becomes available.