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Petersburg YMCA Teen Programs Create Young Leaders

Chrinique Christian is manning the front desk of the Petersburg YMCA like she does most nights. In between answering calls and typing on the computer, she happily waves hello and goodbye to each guest. Chrinique is in her first year of college at Virginia State University, but she’s been a staple at the Y for… View Article

Reach Out for Life Gives Free Mammograms & Peace of Mind

Three years ago, Gloria was on her way lunch when she noticed the sign for Pathways, a community development organization in Petersburg. Filled with curiosity, Gloria wandered inside where she was greeted by Ron Thompson, Pathways Clinic Coordinator. Ron explained that Pathways is devoted to helping members of the community find employment and health care…. View Article

HealthSpace Teen Clinic Makes Strides in Reducing Teen Pregnancy

Nurse Johnee Nedrick takes Joy’s blood pressure during their appointment. Sixteen-year-old Joy* confidently walks up to the Hopewell Health Department. She’s a patient at the HealthSpace Teen Clinic which runs Wednesdays from 2:00 to 5:00 PM in Hopewell and from 1:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Petersburg. “Most of my friends think… View Article

Grant Provides Affordable Dental Care at Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center

Dr. Melba Bryant takes time to show her patient how she will fix her teeth. This patient is able to receive care because of the sliding pay scale offered by the Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center. Dr. Melba Bryant is leaning over a dental patient to check for cavities. This patient in particular, Cora, is… View Article

JRF Grantee “STORY” Lifts Families Out of Poverty

  A young STORY participant colors and talks to a mentor while the rest of the students arrive at Saturday Mentoring. Two kids run past my car and up the steps into the Thomas Rolfe Community Center. Inside, they join a handful of other children coloring around a table. Evans, a mentor sitting at the… View Article

Smart Beginnings | Training Childcare Providers to Create a Brighter Future

Walking up the steps of the 100 year old Woodlawn Learning Center building, it smells like spring. Inside I can hear children laughing and phones ringing. Preschool registration is in full swing. It’s a short walk down the hallways to a large classroom filled with 16 bouncing three-year-olds singing and jumping along to an episode… View Article

Loving Jimmy | Crater Community Hospice

Jean Blackwell opened the front door of her home and greeted me with with a smile and a warm handshake. Stepping inside, I couldn’t help but gasp at the enormous sailfish on the wall above her fireplace. “Jimmy caught that on a business trip,” she said. I responded in amazement, “How? Where? … You can’t… View Article

Fit4Kids Teaches Through Action

Cynthia Piazza is standing at the back of a group of kindergarten-aged children and following along as a young boy leads his classmates through Vrkasana, better known to these children and many others as, “The Tree Pose.” They are practicing alphabet yoga to cool down and calm their minds after rigorous play and learning activities. Not… View Article

SwimRVA’s Learn-to-Swim Drown Proofs Hopewell

A cowbell sounds across the Hopewell Community Center swimming pool as a swim instructor announces that Dante* is moving on to Station Three. The whole room erupts into applause for Dante before returning to their lessons. Ryan Nester, the SwimRVA Learn-To-Swim Program Coordinator, is in the water supporting a student learning to float. It’s obvious… View Article