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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 vision to serve individuals impacted by incarceration, homelessness, or substance use disorder by giving them an opportunity to overcome their personal and community barriers that hinder their pathway to a Thriving Life.

A Few Ways You Can Support REAL LIFE Services…

$17.50 sponsor transportation for one week for a Lifer, helping them get to interviews, probation, and their work before getting paid.

$30 cover the cost of state identification necessary for a Lifer starting employment

$115 supply the materials necessary for a Lifer to complete the REAL LIFE curriculum

$260 cover the cost of basic necessities for a new Lifer coming in from homelessness or from jail

$600 support a new Lifer to live in the REAL House for one month – we allow all Lifers to move in for free

$1,000 sponsor case management and holistic wrap around services for a Lifer for one year

$5,100 furnishes a new REAL House, creating a home for Lifers in recovery

Or – General support in any amount!

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Interested in volunteering to assist us in furthering our mission. We look for volunteers who are able to fulfill the following roles, such as:  

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

To get started, we have a REAL LIFE information and ways to get involved session each month. Join one us in one of those and see if we are a fit for you and what our current needs are! Click HERE to sign up for an upcoming session!

Checks (and mail) can be made payable to REAL LIFE and be mailed to us at the Community Center.

P.O. Box 27372, Richmond VA 23261

Connect via phone: (804) 406-4111