Summer 09 Gleanings by xumiaomaio


									    P.O. Box 6129
3030 Meadowbridge Rd
                                                                                                                                                  Sharing Our
                                                                                                                                                                         Gleanings from the Field
 Richmond, VA 23222
                                                                                                                                                Common Wealth                                                                                                    Summer 2009

                                                                                                                                                Our Mission:             What Will It Take?                                  (Hint: It Takes You!)
                                                                                                                                              The mission of Boaz &      Many Boaz & Ruth Apprentices ask themselves
                                                                                                                                              Ruth is to rebuild lives   this question everyday. They are working hard             5 Ways to Support Job Placement
                                                                                                                                              and communities            to overcome addictions, educational barriers and
                                                                                                                                              through relationships,     unemployment as they seek to become produc-           1. Provide full or part time employment,
                                                                                                                                              training, transitional     tive citizens. But they know that it will take
                                                                                                                                                                         more than hard work. They know that they                 or a paid internship
                                                                                                                                              jobs and economic
                                                                                                                                              revitalization.            need you to succeed. And your investment in           2. Give referrals to potential employers
                                                                                                                                                                         their future is an investment in your own future,     3. Offer job shadowing experiences
                                              Milestones                                       John Broughman                                                            too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4. Provide wardrobe assistance
    REBUILDING                                                                                                                                                           One way to make this investment is to contrib-        5. Assist with mock interviews and work
                                  With his calm nature and easy smile, you might          Debut Gala), John would                                                        ute financially. But an equally powerful invest-
                                  not suspect that John Broughman has big, excit-         prefer to work behind                                                                                                                   readiness skill development
                                                                                                                                                                         ment can be made by helping B&R graduates
                                  ing plans for his life. In his past, he was a Regis-    the scenes and minister                                                        secure full-time employment. Helping graduates        it takes to help B&R graduates complete this final
                                  tered Nurse, working in the head trauma, car-           to those in prison. He                                                         transition into jobs is a key focus of the Boaz &     step. And they want you to know how you can
   EMPOWERING                     diac care and emergency room units of a hospi-          says, “Giving direction                                                        Ruth program.                                         help (see above)!
                                  tal. His license was suspended due to a felony          to people one-on-one is
                                  conviction so John is working on getting it rein-       very rewarding for me.”                                                        Transitioning from the AmeriCorps Program             To find out more about these and other oppor-
                                  stated. To do this, he is taking contract hour                                                                                         Director to the Job Placement Director, Lloyd         tunities, please call Lloyd Price at (804) 329-4900
                                  classes and spending time with a counselor who          Clearly focused on serv-                                                       Price is leading a team committed to doing what       or email
   CONNECTING                     will evaluate his capabilities. Eventually, John will   ing others, John is cur-
                                  go before the state board of nursing to review          rently mentoring a
                                  his request.                                            young man in his church
                                                                                          who is homeless. Also, the Chaplain at Deep                                    New Church Mission Opportunities
                                  Despite his hard work, nursing isn’t even John’s        Meadow prison has asked him to submit a peti-
                                  first choice for his future. He is also pursuing        tion to begin leading weekly worship services for                              Although churches have always been important        ference in their own hometown. And unlike out-
 We’re on the Web                 enrollment at Virginia Union seminary where he          the men there.                                                                 partners of Boaz & Ruth, we are renewing efforts    of-town mission trips, a trip to Boaz & Ruth offers               hopes to earn ordination in his church. Although                                                                                       to engage churches in ways that help them fulfill   lots of opportunities for continued involvement
                                  he is an accomplished public speaker (you may           John is currently working on his future at Fire                                their mission goals.                                with the organization and its participants. So far,
                                  have had the chance to hear him at the Diamond          House 15. Come visit him for lunch!                                                                                                two churches, Tuckahoe Presbyterian and
                                                                                                                                                                         For starters, Boaz & Ruth invites all of our church Wooldridge Road Baptist, are signed up for week-
                                                                                                                                                                         partners to take a mission trip to the Highland     long mission trips this summer. Please consider
                                                                                                                                                                         Park neighborhood. A work week here is a            joining them!
                                                                                                                                                                         meaningful way for local churches to make a dif-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Besides supporting mission trips, we have devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             oped a program through which congregations can
 Shopping as Mission: Come to Sunny Days!                                                                                                                                                                                    sponsor a Boaz & Ruth participant. In addition to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             financial support for Boaz & Ruth, sponsorship
 Sunny Days Thrift Boutique sells vintage and almost new men’s, women’s and children’s clothing                                                                                                                              can include volunteering, adopting a participant
 in a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere. Offering high quality, name brand clothing at affordable                                                                                                                              into the church’s network of support, spiritual
 prices, select items are sold for only a dollar on Thursdays. Home accessories, wedding gowns                                                                                                                               guidance and possibly even job placement for the
 and formal wear are also available. As a Boaz & Ruth enterprise, the store provides employ-                                                                                                                                 participant.
 ment for B&R Apprentices and financially supports the training program at Boaz & Ruth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Please let us know how your church would like to
 Donations of gently used clothing and accessories are currently needed, especially                                                                                                                                           be involved by contacting Megan at (804) 329-
 summer clothing, men’s clothing, and women’s plus sizes. Donations of contemporary clothing             3001 Meadowbridge Road                                                                                               4900 or
 are especially appreciated!                                                                               Richmond, VA 23222
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Left: Members of Christ Church give new life to a
 Originally opened under a leaky roof, the store was named to put a positive spin on a tough           Hours: Mon-Sat 11 AM-5 PM                                                                                              building in Highland Park.
 situation. Now with a new roof, Sunny Days is open even when the weather is not sunny.                  Phone: (804) 329-4750
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     Board of
      Tom Edmonds               Making the Dream a Reality                                                                                     Diamond Debut Gala Raised $25k! Thanks!
 Virginia State Bar (retired)
                                                                                 Boaz & Ruth is                                                                                Thank you to the 125 people who attended the 4th annual Diamond Debut Gala to
    Darius Johnson                                                                                  blessed to have                                                            raise awareness and funds for Boaz & Ruth! The evening included silent and live auc-
       Chair-Elect                                                               people who work                        a small army of
                                                                                                      behind the scene                                                         tions of close to 100 items. We are grateful to the many individuals and groups who
Consolidated Bank & Trust                                                        prentices turn th                         s to help Ap-
                                                                                                    eir dreams into                                                            contributed these items—especially the members of St. Peter’s Baptist Church, who
                                                                                personally bless                        reality. And I am
                                                                                                  ed to work with                                                              created over 20 gift baskets for the event.
 Twandra Lomax-Brown                                                            caring, hardwor                        such a dedicated
      Vice Chair                                                                                  king and talented                        ,
     Virginia Tech                                                             Some of these in                                                                                We also would like to thank our sponsors: Dominion, Carlos Brown, Consolidated
                                                                                                   dividuals took vol                                                          Bank & Trust, First Market Bank, First Presbyterian Church, Free Agents Marketing,
     Yvonne Haynes                                                             in order to meet                          untary pay cuts
                                                                                                   current financia                                                            Hunton & Williams, Delegate Jennifer McClellan, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Retail
        Secretary                                                              Without excepti                        l challenges.
                                                                                                 on, their commit                                                              Merchants Association, St. Michael’s Catholic
Richmond Behavioral Health                                                    in spite of the lo                     ment is unfailing
                                                                                                 ng, long hours th                       ,                                     Church and Ukrop’s.
        Authority                                                            like to publicly rec                    ey work. I woul
                                                                                                   ognize them and                       d
                                                                             thanksgiving for                            express my
        Steve Mapp              Cathedral Construction Leaders (l to r):                         their dedication
                                                                                                                   , talent and faith
         Treasurer              Calvin Carter, Jim DeVito, James Brown                                                                 .
                                                                            Each team plays
     First Market Bank                                                                           a cru cial role in
                                                                            our mission. Fo                          accomplishing
                                                                                               r those of you wh                               Above: B&R Board
                                                                            be on the front                         o are not able t
       Elaine Avery
     First Market Bank
                                       B&R LEADERSHIP                      of the people wh
                                                                                              lines, I want to o
                                                                                                                  ffer you a glimpse
                                                                                                                                      o        Member Corell
                                                                                                                                               Halsey Moore took
                                                                                                o are working t
                                                                                                                  here.                        home a prized
 Joseph Bartholomew III          Martha Rollins, President/CEO             Blessings,                                                          auction item.
        SunTrust                 Claude Stevens, Chief Operating Officer
                                                                                                                                               Right: Students from
       Carlos Brown              Lloyd Price, AmeriCorps and                                                                                   St. Catherine’s School
        Dominion                    Intake Director                        Martha Rollins,                                                     hand-painted over a
                                                                                             President / CEO
                                 Bonnie Dowdy, Training Coordinator                                                                            dozen chairs for the
     Carole Farnham              Megan Rollins, Volunteer and Connecting                                                                       auction.                                                                              Daisy Stevens & John Baab
   Psychologist (Retired)           Team Coordinator
                                 Jahrrell James, Financial Controller
   Reginald Gordon
Greater Richmond Chapter
                                  Training Program                                                                                             Upcoming Events                                                     Date—
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Save the Date—LWTF
  American Red Cross            Add pictures—take picture of Admin
                                  Fran Kelly, Curriculum
    Addison Hagan               team (Polly, Cynthia, Jarrell, Wendy)
                                  Paul Morgan, Counseling                                                                                                                                                 The third annual Long Walk to Freedom is
   Transamerica Capital           Jane Talley, Family Support                                                                                  June                                                       scheduled for Saturday, October 10. We have a
                                  Tony Jim, DPW
                                Calvin,Scott, James Brown—                                                                                     Juneteenth Celebration                                     goal to educate over 500 walkers this year about the
    Jennifer McClellan          Construction                                                                                                                                                              challenges facing individuals released from jail or prison.
                                                                                                                                               With Dr. Rayfield Vines
Virginia House of Delegates                                                                                                                                                                               Please recruit your family, civic group, youth group, and
                                 LifeLab Training Enterprises                                                                                  Thursday, June 18
                                 James Brown, Cathedral Construction                                                                           6:00 PM—8:00 PM                                            friends to come out and support Boaz & Ruth and other
  Corell Halsey Moore            Ron Brown, Mountain Movers                                                                                    Includes dinner                                            local organizations working for successful reentry.
 Hewlett Packard (retired)       Mike Fox, Parable Restoration                                                                                                              July
                                 Jim DeVito, Cathedral Construction                                                                            Beyond Dialogue                                             Over 300 walkers participated in LWTF last year.
     Tom Nicholson                                                                                                                                                          Discovering Diamonds
                                 Derrick Peterson, Mountain Movers,                                                                            Tuesdays, June 9, 16, & 23
    Nicholson Law PLC                                                                                                                                                       Talent Search
                                    Housing & Maintenance                                                                                      6:00 PM—9:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                            Thursday, July 16
      Claude Stevens             Calvin Carter, Cathedral Construction                                                                         Includes dinner
                                                                                                                                                                            6:00—8:00 PM
       Boaz & Ruth               Ruth Cosby, Sales                                                                                                                          Includes dinner
                                                                                                                                               Informational Lunches
     Charles Summers             Development Team                                                                                              Tuesday, June 2
 First Presbyterian Church                                                                                                                                                  Informational Lunches
                                 Lavetta McCune                            Above:                                                              Thursday, June 18            Tuesday, July 7
    Clarence Taylor              Polly Foster                              Polly Foster &                                                      12:00 PM—1:30 PM             Thursday, July 16
  Boaz & Ruth Graduate                                                     Jahrrell James
                                                                                                                                                                            12:00 PM—1:30 PM
    City of Richmond             Administration/Finance
    Marilyn Wayland              Cynthia Brown, Administration             Lloyd Price
  Free Agents Marketing          Wendy Mueller, Finance                                                                                        For information on any of these events, or to make
                                 Coates Carter, Information Technology                                                                         reservations, please call (804) 329-4900 ext. 203 or
   PRESIDENT, CEO                Lynne Lancaster, Special Projects                                                                             email reservations
    Martha F. Rollins

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