Give Thanks to the Lord. For He is good. His love endures forever. -Psalm 118:1
September 3, 2013
Upcoming Events
September  19, 12pm Join us and bring your friends for an Informational Lunch & Tour the first Tuesday and third Thursday of every month. 
September 19, 8am - Meet & Greet with CEO Megan Rollins at Fire House 15 Cafe
October 18, 7:30pm - Benefit Concert for B&R, Salisbury Presbyterian Church 
October 18, 6-8pm - Spaghetti Dinner at Fire House 15 Cafe 
October 19, 9am-12pm - Long Walk to Freedom
October 24, 31, November 7, 14 - Beyond Dialogue Series
November 9, 6pm - Boaz & Ruth Gala at the Torque Club at RIR 

Empowering Economy

100 Days Challenge

We have entered our 100 Days Challenge where participants, graduates and staff are empowered to create strategies to increase revenue for each of our social enterprises and improve our organizational culture. Going through the process of brainstorming, planning, assigning and completing tasks has been a great learning experience for everyone. We have already seen great improvement. Now is the best time to support this great work by eating, shopping and moving! Learn more.

Rebuilding Lives 

Meet Roland

Participant, Roland Nutt has become an integral part of our community. He has flourished as a member of the Cathedral Construction team and often a B&R tour guide. When asked what do you love about Boaz & Ruth, he responded, "What don't I love? It is so family-oriented, open and loving. They don't care about your past, just who you are as an individual." He has plans to move back home to start a vegetable stand to help those who do not have access to fresh produce. His work in the Highland Park Community Garden will certainly help him reach this goal. With many milestones already completed, Roland is on track to graduate this December. Stop by and say hello next time you come to Boaz & Ruth or take a tour with Roland as your guide! Learn more about him here.


Rebuilding Lives 

Renovation Update

Our construction team is still hard at work improving our flagship store and office building. They have painted the ceiling which now shows off our new lights. They also built and hung grids so we can now feature light fixtures for sale. Now is a great time to donate your light fixtures.  Stop by Harvest Thrift to see the huge difference this team has been making.


Special Award

Our Own Hometown Hero

Our founder, Martha Rollins, was recently named an Allen & Allen Hometown Hero. This is no shock to us - Martha has been a hero in Highland Park for many years. We're so thrilled she was honored in this way. The Hometown Heroes award honors individuals who are responsible for community initiatives and acts of kindness. She attended a special concert where the 50 heroes were featured. We're sure she was dancing the night away. Congratulations, Martha! 


Connecting Community 

Sharing Our Story

We love to share our story! Recently Jorge, a graduate of our Rebuilding Lives program and now Kitchen Manager at Fire House 15, shared his personal journey with Movement Church where pastor, Robby Christmas, is Jorge's mentor. Also this month CEO Megan Rollins, Board Member Marilyn Wayland and Participant, Raymond went to Vacation Bible School at Christ Church Episcopal where they shared the Book of Ruth and how we can all be a Boaz. We would love to share our stories with your congregation or civic club. Please contact Greta Kidd at for more information. See more photos from these events here.

Empowering Economy 

Altria Employees Support Boaz & Ruth 

Boaz & Ruth was recently awarded a grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund. This grant is possible because of the generous support and donations from employees of the Altria family of companies. We participated in their Community Day at the Philip Morris USA's Manufacturing Center August 12th where we met many of the great employees who supported this fund. Thank you, Altria!

Empowering Economy 

Benefit Concert for Boaz & Ruth 

Join us for a benefit concert for Boaz & Ruth at Salisbury Presbyterian Church October 18th at 7:30pm. This concert will feature Joseph Martin, an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer. As a concert artist, Mr. Martin is known for his brilliance, his delightful humor and his deep spiritual sensitivity, combining to provide the audience with an unforgettable evening of music and worship. For directions and more information, visit our website.

Connecting Community 

Work Days Made an Impact

We were blessed with two work day groups this month - Camp Hanover and Grove Avenue Baptist Church. Camp Hanover helped Ruth clean and organize Sunny Days Clothing Thrift Store. Grove Avenue Baptist Church weeded, sanded, cleaned, and painted about 100 feet of picket fence and stained two picnic tables in front of Fire House 15 Cafe. In addition to these great projects, we were most blessed by the relationships built by having these groups join us. If you'd like to bring your group for a service day, read more here.


Event Recap

Richmond's Got Talent: Discovering Diamonds

Thank you to all who came out to perform or be an audience member for our Discovering Diamonds Talent Search. Each year this event brings us all together for a few evenings of just plain fun. The talent in our community is astounding and the participants this year were no disappointment. Pictured here are the winners Corey Entzminger (3rd), Charmaine Wyche (1st) and Ebony Witcher (2nd) with our MC for the finale. Congratulations! Thanks to all who made this a success! Start practicing your talent for next year!

Staff News

New Food Services Director Becomes Deacon

This July we welcomed Charles Williams to the staff as our new Food Services Director. Charles has a long history of business and nonprofit management and has made a difference in many lives in the Richmond area from his work at Richmond Hill and Bible studies at the Richmond City Jail. Charles recently became a deacon at St. Paul's Church. Read the full article about Charles here and come by to meet him at Fire House 15!



Boaz & Ruth participates in United Way (code 5017), the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (code 3491) and Federal employees CFC (code 16046). We'd love to be part of your monthly giving!


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