“For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:35-36
Strengthening Community Through Faith
Jesus set an example through a life of service. With two locations we want to play an active role in our greater RVA community. To embrace Jesus’ spirit of generosity and engagement, we serve our greater Richmond region through a number of programs.
Crestwood serves the local community with bags of food on an as-needed basis. Food bags are distributed from the Richmond campus on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month with the help of a team of volunteers. Over 400 bags were distributed in 2017. Food is collected through donations and monetary designated offerings. Collection bins are located at the Richmond and Midlothian sites. Individuals or families may also shop with a specific list and fill a grocery bag for the Food Pantry.
On the second Saturday of each month, Crestwood folks prepare, deliver and serve delicious homemade meals to 20 to 30 men that reside at the Home Again Men’s Emergency Shelter on Grace Street in Richmond.
Elijah House Academy
Elijah House Academy (EHA) provides a Christ-centered and accessible choice in education that cultivates the hearts, minds, and bodies of our city’s children for God’s glory and Richmond’s flourishing. Opportunities for engaging with our mission partner include: tutoring in their Academic Support Center (Monday to Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. during the school year), providing food or setting up for the staff luncheon during Teacher Appreciation Week in May, and volunteering at the Community Fall Festival cohosted with EHA which provides fun, food, and fellowship for families in the Richmond Campus Community in October.
Throughout the year, Crestwood men participate in a faith-based re-entry program at Deep Meadow Correctional Center in Powhatan serving as instructors addressing basic life issues and skills needed for re-entry into society, and mentors, both prior to and following inmates’ release. At Christmas, Crestwood folks, through Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program, purchase and deliver gifts to the children of inmates, on their behalf and in the name of Jesus Christ.