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Boaz & Ruth, Richmond, Virginia

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Address: 3030 Meadowbridge Road
Richmond, Virginia  23222  
United States
Fax: 804 329 4900
Is 501(c)(3) nonprofit certified by the IRS?: Yes
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 300
Number of People Being Served: 100
EIN: 03-0376726
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Mission Statement


Rebuilding lives and communities through relationships, training, transitional jobs and economic revitalization. We rebuild. We empower. We connect.

Description


The Boaz & Ruth training center located at 3030 Meadowbridge Road provides job training, life skills, and emotional competencies classes for people who are moving from poverty to self-sufficiency. Many of these individuals have been incarcerated. Our goal is for trainees to no longer look to society to support themselves but look to themselves to support society. One long term goal of Boaz & Ruth is for Highland Park to become a safe beautiful, thriving corridor supported by local residents who claim ownership for revitalization. Through growing business in Highland Park ,Boaz & Ruth provides employment experience for trainees while joining other neighborhood merchants in serving as an ecomonic catalyst. Boaz & Ruth also seeks for relationships to developed, stereotypes changed and bridges built across divisions in Richmond. Specifically, we bring together program participants with individuals from other areas of Richmond together in monthly events that cross economic, geographic, cultural, and racial divides.

The Boaz & Ruth training center located at 3030 Meadowbridge Road provides job training, life skills, and emotional competencies classes for people who are moving from poverty to self-sufficiency. Many of these individuals have been incarcerated. Our goal is for trainees to no longer look to society to support themselves but look to themselves to support society. One long term goal of Boaz & Ruth is for Highland Park to become a safe beautiful, thriving corridor supported by local residents who claim ownership for revitalization. Through growing business in Highland Park ,Boaz & Ruth provides employment experience for trainees while joining other neighborhood merchants in serving as an ecomonic catalyst. Boaz & Ruth also seeks for relationships to developed, stereotypes changed and bridges built across divisions in Richmond. Specifically, we bring together program participants with individuals from other areas of Richmond together in monthly events that cross economic, geographic, cultural, and racial divides.

Mission Statement: Rebuilding lives and communities through relationships, training, transitional jobs and economic revitalization. We rebuild. We empower. We connect.

Organizational Statement of Faith


We chose our name–Boaz & Ruth --to remind us of the transforming power of human relationships in both 900 BC and now here in Richmond, Virginia. Boaz & Ruth is the story of a bi-racial family beset by calamity, struggle, hunger, and hardship; a family, who through hard work and the intervention of others, develops loyalty, renewed relationships, stability, and economic success. Twenty-nine centuries later this same story of individual and community empowerment and development of relationships across old boundaries are goals of Boaz & Ruth. We have designed our multifaceted project to be one of intentional relationships that bridge the gap between those who possess wealth and privilege and those who do not. It is a venture to match resources and needs in both populations through a common training center/business enterprise – a used furniture store -- that crosses economic and racial barriers. At first glance the "Boaz" or "wealth sharer" represents consumers for our store as well as employers for the Boaz & Ruth trainees. Included are individuals, businesses, service organizations, and churches that can donate time, jobs, expertise, funds or merchandise. And at first glance the "Ruth" represents individuals needing enhancement of life and workforce skills as they move toward self-sufficiency. The synergy of these two populations produces a lasting source of energy for our vision of a city in which poverty is lessened and our community is strengthened as we come together across old barriers to create economic empowerment. In looking deeper we come to realize that each of us is a Boaz with gifts and each of us is a Ruth with needs. Therefore we say that the most important word in our name is the "and."


Local Affiliation



Program Type:


Rehabilitation Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


No