Outreach

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: CirclesRVA

CirclesRVA is a community-based process working to break the cycle of poverty. In CirclesRVA, those working to achieve financial stability work with volunteers who provide moral support and share networks and community resources. CirclesRVA meets once a week for a meal, a  program, child care and personal networking. CirclesRVA launched its first cohort in August 2018 and continues to meet weekly on Tuesday evening in the parish hall. For details, contact Kristen Blalock.

CirclesRVA in Metro Richmond

One of the three major goals of our Strategic Plan is to work to end poverty in Richmond: “Our goal is not simply to alleviate the results of poverty; we will help people move out of poverty. Our parishioners will work hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters who live in poverty.”

Throughout 2017-18, the City of Richmond’s Office for Community Wealth Building and other congregations and organizations collaborated to launch CirclesRVA. Partners included St. James, St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, Boulevard United Methodist, Covenant Presbyterian, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist, Temple Beth Ahabah, the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

How GHTC Started Fighting Poverty

Dr. Ruby K. Payne, an author, speaker, and career educator, delivered the keynote address at Grace and Holy Trinity’s February 2016 speaker series, “What Everyone in Metro Richmond Needs to Know about Poverty.” She discussed the social and cultural aspects of poverty, how those differences affect people’s ability to successfully move out of poverty, and the resources needed for them to do so. This speaker’s forum was made possible by the Scott Foundation through a grant in honor of The Rev. Wm. Hill Brown III.

Recognized internationally for her books, A Framework for Understanding Poverty and Bridges Out of Poverty, Dr. Payne has helped students and adults of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success. An expert on the mindsets of economic classes and overcoming the hurdles of poverty, she has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals, from educators and school administrators to community, church, and business leaders.

You can view videos of the event on our YouTube Channel.

Get involved!

We need volunteers to help with the CirclesRVA work! A number of different tasks and varying time commitments are available to suit your needs. Contact us at circlesrva@gmail.com or write us at CirclesRVA c/o  Grace and Holy Trinity Church, 8 North Laurel Street, Richmond VA 23220.