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