Embrace Stories and News

Together We Rise Above 2020!

When I started Embrace more than 15 years ago, we were an all-volunteer organization made up largely of my suburban neighbors and individuals transitioning out of homelessness.  We had very little organizational structure and even less financial resources.  What we had was each other and together…

Embrace Chesterfield EDU Project Goals and Timeline

In this video we discuss the goals, partner roles and timeline of the Embrace Chesterfield EDU project. 

Embrace Chesterfield EDU Launch Announcement

Next Tuesday, October 6th 2020, we are launching our first ever online Youth Power Shift for Educators training!  When we developed our online training portal last year through a grant provided by The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond, we never dreamed this would become our primary means for…

Insights for Faith Leaders: Interview with Audrey Smith

Over the past several weeks I have been engaged in numerous conversations with faith leaders who are seeking to figure out how they can support families who are now facing the demands of virtual learning.  Audrey Smith is one of many faith leaders that I have had the privilege of training and…

2nd $5,000 Great Neighbor Grant Awarded

As we shared earlier this year, Embrace turned 15 years old on March 30th of 2020.  To celebrate we are giving away $15,000 in awards to community builders who are using the Empowered Communities Framework to strengthen communities from the inside out using Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)…

1st $5,000 Great Neighbor Grant Awarded for 2020

Over three years ago, after a training with Belmont United Methodist Church, the church made a commitment to strengthen the community of Southwood.  Over the past two years, several small listening projects were conducted, but the low level of trust among the residents made the process slow and…

It’s Our 15th Birthday - So, we are Giving Away $15,000!

On March 30th, Embrace will officially turn 15 years old!  You gave us 15 Years, so to celebrate we are "Paying It Forward" with $15,000 in Great Neighbor grants. In the very early days of Embrace, all we had was a dream.  We were so poor as an organization, we literally rationed toilet paper…

20 by 2020: Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal

  In 2013, as Embrace was turning 7 years old, our board of directors participated in a strategic visioning process.  During that season of discernment, we made the decision to shift from being a practitioner of Asset Based Community Development (doing the work) to being an intermediary (…

It's a New Year & We Have A New Name!

In 2005, when our founding board was established, we chose to incorporate simply as "Embrace" because our dream was that one day we might expand beyond Richmond.  For the past 15 years, we have been doing business as "Embrace Richmond" and our impact was largely limited local communities. Over the…