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Community Partners

A Better Day Than Yesterday

Our Mission is to Educate, Empower, and Equip at-risk families on how to overcome adversities caused by incarceration, divorce, and military deployments.The goal is to guide and empower parents affected by the system to maximize their potential, strengthen their families, increase their opportunities for successful reintegration into society and to become productive citizens of their communities.

Drive Smart

DRIVE SMART Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on the principle that traffic fatalities and injuries are preventable. Through education and outreach programs, DRIVE SMART Virginia promotes traffic safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded in 1995, the organization is led by a diverse Board of Directors including safety advocates, associations, corporate Virginia, and law enforcement.

DRIVE SMART Virginia is dedicated to raising traffic safety awareness among all road users to save lives and reduce injuries on the roadways of Virginia.

Our mission is advanced by fostering community partnerships, offering interactive simulator programs, giving workplace and school presentations, attending outreach events, advocating for traffic safety initiatives, and conducting an annual Distracted Driving Summit. DRIVE SMART Virginia also creates, designs, and distributes educational campaigns and materials

Help Me Help You Foundation (HMHY)

Help Me Help You Foundation (HMHY) serves as the Reentry Hub for the City of Richmond. HMHY is a public foundation designed to assist in poverty reduction and the reintegration of returning citizens into the community. Our goal is to reduce jail/prison recidivism, and improve public safety through addressing the educational, employment, healthcare and family relationship needs of returning citizens. HMHY provides support and connection to needed services in the community after the returning citizen has been released. HMHY seeks to position itself as a solution to the problem and not just an articulator of one; HMHY seeks to partner with individuals and entities to bring power back to the lives of former offenders. Empowerment comes in many forms: Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Economic, and Political. HMHY seeks holistic empowerment to bring about holistic change.


HumanKind’s mission remains the same. We strengthen individuals and families and lift them up to instill hope. Since 1903, HumanKind’s mission has been consistent, providing guidance and assistance to those striving to live better their lives. We believe community well-being starts with a solid foundation for everyone. Our unique wrap-around approach helps our neighbors and communities achieve stability and strengthen their capacity to thrive. We offer the community support with transportation and credit building through our character-based vehicle lending program Ways to Work. No-cost coaching services are available in the Financial Opportunity Center, and our Financial Navigators help our community members locate resources needed for financial stability. Additionally, we help our community members obtain and advance their employment through our Workforce Services available to all residents of the Greater Richmond Area.


Opportunity. Alliance. Reentry (OAR) of Richmond, a 501-c3 non-profit that works to support those affected by the criminal justice system. As the community leader in reentry services, OAR of Richmond provides evidence-based and person-centered approaches to empower those impacted by incarceration to find individual success. OAR offers case management, workforce development, including resume assistance and employment search assistance, securing identification documents, on-site clothing closet, community referrals, and more.

Oxford House of Virginia

Oxford House is a national network of self-governing, self-supporting transitional recovery residences for individuals with substance use disorders. There are over 150 Oxford Houses in Virginia. Membership in an Oxford House requires maintaining abstinence, paying an equal share of household expenses, and contributing to the operation of the house. Research funded by National Institutes of Health found that Oxford House has a success rate of over 87%.

Virginia Career Works

Virginia Career Works – Capital Region specializes in programs that benefit both businesses and jobseekers. For jobseekers, we offer career development, counseling, and training resources in order to facilitate a strong connection. We do this through our two career service programs called the WIOA program and the Career Advantage Program for Youth. These services assist in providing on the job training, work experience, certifications, and all at no cost to you.

Our business solutions team provides resources to businesses with hiring needs. Our network provides local businesses the essential services to support their workforce needs, as well as a variety of related resources at no cost. We offer services such as labor market information, recruiting & screening, employee development, and consulting services. Learn more by visiting our website and click get started to begin your journey down a new career path.

Virginia Paternity Establishment Program

The biological father must be legally identified before his name can be added to the child’s birth certificate if he is not married to the child’s mother. This process is called establishing paternity. Without a legal father, a child may miss out on many of the things that children of married couples are provided. For example, the child may not receive financial benefits, such as Social Security and inheritance rights. If paternity is not established, the father’s name will not appear on the child’s birth certificate. The Virginia Paternity Establishment Program strives to enrich the lives of children by educating all unmarried parents. Benefits of paternity range from raising a child’s self-esteem to establishing a health history. We believe that the advantages of establishing paternity will help families, one child at a time. We want to ensure as many children as possible leave the hospital with paternity established and receive all the benefits that a legal father provides. Visit our website for more information.

The Workforce Partnership Team

United Way: We empower individuals and drive systemic change to provide everyone with a clear path to success.

The Workforce Partnership Team (WPT) brings together workforce professionals and those providing wrap-around services from across the Greater Richmond region. The goals of the team include streamlining services by building a network with strong referral mechanisms, sharing curriculum and best practices and providing professional development opportunities for team members. United Way provides backbone support to the Workforce Partnership Team. The Workforce Partnership Team is supported through funding from the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation.

Way to Go

Way to Go empowers low-income workers in Harrisonburg-Rockingham (VA) to improve their quality of life by assisting them with their transportation needs. In our blended rural-suburban area, public transportation is not widely available which requires residents to rely on a private vehicle to access the greater community in which they live. However, private vehicle ownership is significantly more expensive than the cost of utilizing public transportation which further constricts the budgets of low-income workers who often struggle to afford basic household necessities. Therefore, Way to Go services predominantly focus on assisting low-income workers with either maintaining their current vehicle or helping them to obtain a vehicle. Reliable and affordable transportation enables low-income workers to experience success as members of the workforce and moving forward in their quest for economic security and upward mobility.