6/8/17 (Richmond, VA) – Earlier this week, River City Givers, Richmond’s newest women’s philanthropy group, presented their second local donation, a check for $5,300 to Sheriff C.T. Woody, Jr. for the non-profit REAL Life.
The donation will help bolster rehabilitation, recovery, and re-entry efforts post release and build upon skills learned in the Recovering from Everyday Addictive Lifestyles (REAL) Program.
“REAL Life is there to help those residents who participated in the REAL Program once they leave the Richmond Justice Center,” said Sheriff Woody. “These men and women face many obstacles once they are released; just because they are out of jail does not mean their lives will automatically get better. While they have been given a great foundation through their work in the REAL Program, many of these residents have no choice but to return to the same environment they were in before they became incarcerated. There is a financial component necessary for things like transportation, housing scholarships, and job training. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from River City Givers; it will be put to good use, and will benefit the Richmond community in the long run.”
With 53 current members and the goal of reaching 100, River City Givers donates $100 per person each quarter to a charity voted on by members. “River City Givers is thrilled to support the amazing work of the REAL Life Program,” said Angie Strickland, co-founder of River City Givers. “After a powerful presentation by one of our members, Nikki Nicholau, our membership voted to support this organization and we are excited to help further their mission.”
A representative from the REAL program will be in attendance at the next River City Givers meeting on July 18, 2017 to further explain how the funds are being used.