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Transforming Lives
By The Community Foundation / July 28, 2016
Transforming Lives

For years, Judy and Dick Nelson have involved their daughters and grandchildren in philanthropy through a family fund at The Community Foundation. Recently, their collective passion for serving others was personified when the Nelsons’ daughter Debbi fostered and adopted her youngest child.

Upon learning that Virginia ranks 50th in the United States for the rate at which youth age out of foster care with no permanent families, the Nelson family knew they needed to act. They unanimously elected to support The Possibilities Project, a new collaboration between Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Richmond’s Better Housing Coalition. Leveraging the strengths of both organizations, this groundbreaking initiative provides vulnerable youth with the trauma-informed supports they need to become independent, engaged community members. Services include housing, counseling, mentoring, financial literacy and more.

“The Community Foundation has been instrumental in exploring the interests of our entire family and bringing so many great options to the table. We would not have known about The Possibilities Project without them,” said Debbi. “Given our personal connection to the foster care system, this gift was especially meaningful.”

The Possibilities Project launched in 2016, providing housing, mentors and other support services for the first 10 youths exiting foster care. Tariq says that having a safe, stable apartment is like living a dream while he pursues the next one - a career in health care.

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