Everyday, men and women looking for second chances and redemption walk through our doors. They are seeking hope, motivation, and skills in order to make that change.

Through community partnerships and financial investments, REAL LIFE is able to provide clients specifically with what they need: intense case management, an expectant mother program, recovery housing or housing referrals, mental health services, classes and groups, job preparation and placement, transportation assistance, substance use disorder support, educational opportunities, clothes closet, a computer lab and more! And most important – unconditional love and support.

All donations directly support providing services to further our mission of assisting individuals who have been impacted by incarceration or homelessness, or those battling a substance use disorder, to overcome barriers and obstacles faced within the community that hinder their prosperity and ability to have a thriving future.

A Few Ways You Can Support REAL LIFE Services…

$17.50 sponsors transportation for one person for a week

$30.00 sponsors getting a state identification and birth certificate for one person

$60.00 sponsors transportation for one person for a month

$600 sponsors one person to live in the REAL House for 6 months

$888 sponsors one person to receive services at the Center for a year (this cost is down from the initial cost to serve a person for $1,320)

Or – General support in any amount!

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REAL LIFE’s Portraits of Hope Calendar 2018-2019 (July 2018 – June 2019) features art by a REAL LIFE alumni or client! Each month features a different orignial piece of art, of which the original was auctioned off at our Gala in May. Each month and corresponding artwork also comes with a picture and story of the artist – all of which include stories of change, recovery, hope, and motivation!!! Click below to purchase a calendar (while supplies last)!

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We also would appreciate if you would consider volunteering to assist us in furthering our mission. We look for volunteers who are able to fulfill the following roles.  

  • Mentor
  • Budget Coach
  • Teach classes
  • Job Prep/Resume
  • Faith-based Programming

Don’t see what you are interested in volunteering to do? Shoot us an email or give us a call and lets chat about your idea! We love hearing new ideas and possibilities.

Checks can be made payable to REAL Life and be mailed to: PO Box 27372, Richmond, VA 23261

REAL LIFE Community Community Center: 406 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA  23261

Connect in other methods: (804) 322-3311 ** ** Facebook: REAL LIFE Community Center

All donations are tax-deductible. Tax ID number: 37-1797980