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Spring FIDA Program – The Gift of the White House

Written By: Treatrous Jackson, FIDA Director Tuesday night, our participants for Financial Peace University found their way into our renovated home. Our classes are usually held at a parks and recreations center, but on this night occurred in our newly improved “White House.” For all who don’t know, everyone refers to the house at 782…

CALM volunteer Jonathan Showalter wins statewide mentor award!

Written By: Dylan Rosenthal On March 23, longtime CALM volunteer and current Strive mentor Jonathan Showalter was honored as one of two 2017 Outstanding Mentors by Virginia Mentoring Partnership! Jonathan received his award in a ceremony held at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in front of a packed audience that included his family and Strive…

Just For Clarification…

In our email newsletter article about Rydell Payne’s departure from the directorship of CALM, we used the term “fledgling” to describe the ministry that Rydell stepped into over 17 years ago.  The adjective was meant to describe the age of CALM as a ministry when Rydell assumed the position of executive director.  Dr. Amy Sherman…

Ministry House Gets a Makeover

The Abundant Life Family Center, aka the White House, on 782 Prospect Avenue got an extreme makeover over the winter and spring. The aged farmhouse had long needed improvements if the ministry was to establish a physical presence in the neighborhood it serves. Longtime supporters from Trinity Presbyterian Church organized work crews to replace windows, repair…

My Abundant Life Story by Amdane Sanda

[Pictured: Amdane Sanda and Deveny Watson] Written by: Amdane Sanda My clearest early memories of Abundant Life was first a tutor that I had, his name was David, and from the time we met he stuck with me for as long as he could through my years of elementary school. He really helped me with anything…

Strategic Planning Update

During the past few months, the Board of Directors and CALM staff have been conducting a series of meetings, looking at neighborhood data, and surveying other local non-profits. On March 18, we put our collective brains together to develop “A Strategy Road Map” for the future. Trinity Presbyterian Church gave us a meeting space in…

Abundant Life Family Center Open House, 4/22/17

The Abundant Life Family Center has been “resurrected” and we can’t wait to show it off! Over the last few months, over 50 incredible volunteers have worked to completely renovate the building – both inside and out – and we’re celebrating the official unveiling with an open house event on April 22nd. Come on by…

Strive Fall Retreat Provides Training, Promotes Bonding

Now in its fifth full year, STRIVE – CALM’s one-on-one mentoring program for high school boys – has settled into a predictable rhythm: training new mentors and recruiting new students in August, kicking the school year off with a cookout in September, having an overnight retreat for all students and mentors in October, going on…

Strive Graduate Paul Fry III Blazing a Trail at Radford University

By Richard Feero It was a warm summer afternoon in late August 2007.  I was already getting a little homesick for college, slipping into some nostalgia when I was jarred back to reality with the ringing of the bell to mark the end of the school day.  I was at Buford Middle School, waiting outside…

CALM Teen Leads Effort to Remove Lee Statue

The movement to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from downtown Charlottesville and rename Lee Park, as well as the counter-movement to preserve them, have dominated local headlines over the past week. CALM participant Zyahna Bryant, at only 15 years old, may seem like an unlikely leader of the recent push to remove the Confederate…