The joy of the Lord is our strength! Nehemiah 8:10
November 7, 2012
Every Thursday, 5-9pm - Dinner at Fire House 15 - sample menu Every 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday, 12-1:30pm - Informational Luncheon and Tour (starts at 3030 Meadowbridge Rd.) RSVP is helpful, but not required email us or click here. Nov. 11 & 17 - One Voice Chorus presents "Exodus...Out of Bondage". More info here. Nov. 12, 7pm - RISC Community Problems Assembly at Sixth Mt. Zion Church Nov. 17, 9am - Long Walk to Freedom Nov. 21 - Deadline to order holiday catering from Fire House 15 for pick up 11/22 menu Dec. 6, 5:30pm - Participant Graduation at the Richmond Police Academy Dec. 20, 6-8pm - Christmas caroling around Highland Park. Help us spread Christmas joy & enjoy dinner together. This is a great family event, kids love it! Jan. 21, 6-8pm - MLK candlelight walk and dinner. Begins at 5th Street Baptist, ends at B&R
Long Walk to Freedom
"Freedom is not a place but a journey best taken in the company of others"
Boaz & Ruth is pleased to invite you to participate in the sixth annual Long Walk to Freedom. Long Walk to Freedom is designed to achieve two goals: 1) raise awareness of the challenges facing released prisoners and 2) raise funds for programs that provide solutions to these challenges. The walk, scheduled for 9am Saturday, November 17, 2012 will begin at Richmond City Jail and end at Freedom House's Conrad Center-both on Oliver Hill Way. The theme for this year's Long Walk to Freedom is "RESTORE MY RIGHTS TODAY!". We will have a petition to sign asking the Governor to change the VA Law to restore rights to felons when they get out of prison. Registration for the walk is just $15. If you cannot join us, please consider sponsoring someone to walk by making a donation. For more information, visit the Long Walk to Freedom website here and join us on Facebook.
B&R Computer Access Leads to New Job
Charles Ford began his job search in July of 2011. Every day he would use the computer lab at Boaz & Ruth to fill out applications or work on his resume. Charles was around so much that he became a part of the Boaz & Ruth family and often helped host our Informational Lunch & Tour. Charles states, "The key to success is consistency. I was dedicated and consistent Monday through Friday 11am-5pm. Thank you, Boaz & Ruth, for computer access." He is proud to announce that this October he has been hired to work at the new Amazon.com warehouse full time. Congratulations, Charles!
Voting Rights Restored
At Boaz & Ruth we see restoration all around us. This election B&R Graduate Leader, Ray, voted for the first time since 1969. He's pictured here proudly holding his new voter ID card. With him is Priscilla Kasper, a Get Out the Vote volunteer who answered the call to provide transportation to his polling location in Varina. It turns out, by coincidence, Priscilla is the daughter of Boaz & Ruth Board Member, Annie Kasper! Join with us to celebrate Ray's voting rights restoration and the crazy cool way that our B&R family got to be a part of this special day.
Rebuilding Lives: Graduate News
Boaz & Ruth 2008 Graduate Featured on TV
Boaz & Ruth 2008 graduate, Tommy Cox, was recently featured on the Virginia Currents television program. Tommy was invited to share the great work he is doing through the Richmond chapter of Guardian Angels. Tommy's story epitomizes one who has made the long walk to freedom and is celebrated for giving back to the community. After serving 27 years in prison with no place to call home, Tommy came to Boaz & Ruth upon his release. He graduated from our program and lived at B&R 3 years. His passion for giving back to the youth of the community led to a collaboration with B&R Board Member Jo White and together they founded Saving Our Youth and Guardian Angels - both aimed at making Highland Park safer and youth more likely to succeed. Congratulations, Tommy! View the video here.
Boaz & Ruth Holiday "Pop Up Shop" Coming to Carytown
3015 W. Cary St. - Opening November 13 - Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11am-4pm
Our last estate sales was "blown closed" by the threat of Hurricane Sandy. We're going to make lemonade out of these lemons by opening a "Pop Up Shop" in Carytown. Houchang Pirouzan of Pirouzan Oriental Rugs has generously offered us retail space at 3015 W. Cary St. through the holidays. Mark your calendars and join us on opening day, November 13. To see some of the fantastic items you will find, click here.
Sponsored by B&R Harvest Home Thrift Furnishings & B&R Estate Sale Services
Boaz & Ruth Receives Special Gift
An exciting and generous gift of a 66 Thunderbird was recently donated to Boaz & Ruth by Gary Courts, Managing Director of Alternative Energy at Dominion. What a nice ride! We are so honored to receive such a precious gift. This classic is in excellent condition with the original interior and only 85,000 miles. We will be restoring the vinyl top and offering it for sale. Let us know if you are an interested buyer. For more photos, click here.
B&R Receives Economic Development Grant from CCHD
Boaz & Ruth is happy to announce the receipt of a national economic development grant from Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for Fire House 15. This $70,000 grant will help us create 8 new jobs by the beginning of 2014 in the B&R Fire House 15 Cafe and Catering food service training program. The grant will help us create the jobs by expanding our hours to evenings and to Sunday brunch; by selling our food at mobile vending spots; and by expanding our volume of business during our current hours. Among our first new positions is that of Food Service Director - a position filled November 1 by George Mallory. George is an award-winning certified chef who will provide supervision and training to the FH15 staff as well as fresh new recipes and menus. To learn more about our new Food Services Director, an interview with him can be found here. Welcome, George!
Let B&R Cater Your Holiday Meal
This Thanksgiving take it easy and let us do the cooking for you. Order your Thanksgiving dinner or fixings from Fire House 15. View the delicious menu here. Orders are being taken through Monday, November 19 for pick up Tuesday, November 20. Call 329-FIRE and ask for George or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
inLieu Provides Fun Approach to Gift Giving
Geoff Weathersby, a former Boaz & Ruth Bonner Scholar and University of Richmond alumni, has been hard at work since graduation building an online crowd-funding website called inLieu Giving, which is targeted toward supporting nonprofits such as Boaz & Ruth. Learn more about how friends are using this online platform to raise awareness and funds for Boaz & Ruth and to learn how you can help here.
RISC Hosts Community Problems Assembly Nov. 12
The grassroots organization RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Our Communities), will hold its fall Community Problems Assembly on Monday, Nov. 12. The meeting will begin at 7 pm at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Jackson Ward. There will be an update on progress toward an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the city of Richmond. There will be an election of two people to lead the next issue/action on Jobs and Unemployment. Representatives from 12 member congregations will gather. It is open to all who are interested in working for greater justice and equality in our community. For further information contact Charlie Summers, 804-358-2383 or visit their website.
One Voice Chorus Presents Special Concert
One Voice Chorus, a long-standing partner of Boaz & Ruth having performed at graduation ceremonies and community events, presents Exodus...Out of Bondage Sunday, November 11 at 4pm in Petersburg and Saturday, November 17 at 7pm in Richmond. This unique program celebrates the sesqui-centennial of emancipation and the Civil War with two major works with orchestra, including the first full-scale oratorio composed by an African American. Arrive an hour early and enjoy "Harmony in Living Black and White," a thought-provoking conversation. More information is available on their website.
Jenna Moehring, pictured here with her family, is a Boaz & Ruth volunteer, Bonner Scholar, and a senior at the University of Richmond studying Accounting and Spanish. Jenna has been volunteering at Boaz & Ruth since her freshman year at UR. As she wraps her final semester at the University of Richmond, Jenna is reflective when describing what she has taken from her experience at Boaz & Ruth. Hear what she has to say about her time with Boaz & Ruth here.
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