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2017 Year in Review – Rejoice with Us!!

Notable Numbers: 90 students in our K-12 programs 93% of 12th graders involved 4 years or more graduated from high school! 180 volunteer tutors, camp/VBS counselors, event helpers, and clerical assistants 2 FIDA participants became home owners for the first time! 21 FIDA participants completed the Financial literacy class; 14 did mentoring 3 FIDA/Cville Works…

From Program Participant to Leader: Cardale’s Journey

By Richard Feero Have you ever met someone who, despite being way younger than you, demonstrated the love of Christ in ways that amazed, humbled, and encouraged you? Cardale, an 11th grader in the STRIVE program, is one of those people for me. In the summer of 2016 as a rising 10th grader, Cardale worked as an intern…

Local Artist Inspired to Donate 50% of Sales Through Friday

On Saturday, local artist and Prospect neighbor Jessica Crichlow announced that the she will donate 50% of gross sales from her Etsy store to Abundant Life through Friday, August 25. Read her inspiring story below and what motivated her to support our work in this way: “My family has lived in the Prospect area of…

Abundant Life Welcomes Angel Feero as New Johnson Tutoring Coordinator

Abundant Life is thrilled to announce the hiring of Angel Feero as Johnson Tutoring Coordinator for the 2017-18 school year! That last name should sound familiar; Angel is the wife of our Director of Boys Programming, Richard Feero! Here is a little bit about Angel in her own words: “My name is Angel Feero and…

Shining Light in the Darkness: A Response to this Past Weekend’s Events

Dear Abundant Life Family and Friends, We are sure you have seen or heard horrifying accounts of this past weekend’s hate-inspired demonstrations in our city by neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and the Ku Klux Klan. Our friends and neighbors are still reporting harassment by those who have lingered or make their home here. These actions have…

ICYMI: Abundant Life wins inaugural United Way Relay championship!

By Richard Feero NEWS FLASH: Abundant Life finished first in the inaugural United Way Relay on June 24! The group started off with old man Richard Feero (Director of Boys Programming) carrying the baton first. With huffs and puffs that could blow almost any house down Richard managed to make it around the track, keeping…

Abundant Life Teen Turns Philanthropist/Activist in Homeland

For many high school students, summer means a chance to make a little money and/or hang out by the pool. But for rising CHS senior and Strive participant Redoane Kondo, it meant returning to his native Togo to visit family and make a difference there with the money he’s saved from his part-time job. The…

A Message from the Board

Dear Abundant Life Community, As many of you know, Abundant Life is in a season of transition as Executive Director Rydell Payne stepped down from the organization in May. We are thankful for his faithful service to the community for almost 18 years! We are also excited for what is ahead and thankful to God…

Thank You, Journey of Awesomeness Riders!

The Third Annual Journey of Awesomeness (JOA) took place on June 10-11 to raise funds for Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, and it was a huge success! The JOA is a two-day, 204-mile trek that begins in Charlottesville and follows the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail to Yorktown, Virginia. While most riders were local, some came from as…

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…