P.O. Box 6129
3030 Meadowbridge Rd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
www.boazandruth.com 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 email@example.com.
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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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
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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
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
Boaz & Ruth Ruth Cosby, Sales Includes dinner
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 @boazandruth.com.
Martha F. Rollins