Kelly Mindful Mornings 2On February 1, Homeward Director Kelly King Horne spoke at the monthly Mindful Mornings session. Mindful Mornings is “a monthly forum for do-gooders who want to create a more well-world.” Kelly was invited to offer insight into the challenges and successes of homeless services in Greater Richmond. Her first axiom to share with the audience was her unwavering belief that “homelessness sucks and is a stupid problem [for our community] to have.” She went on to acknowledge that our understanding of homelessness and adaptation of related services in Greater Richmond are driven by sophisticated data analysis and collaboration, but did not deter from the fact that there are enough resources to overcome an issue as complex as homelessness.

In closing, Kelly urged the crowd that in order to end homelessness in our community we must focus on identifying what works and who can do it best. A great place to start thinking about this process is the resource we shared with the Mindful Mornings audience, Creative Ways to Engage is Ending Homelessness in RVA.

We encourage you to take a look at Mindful Mornings RVA’s Facebook page and be a part of their next community conversation.  

Homeward's Executive Director, Kelly King Horne had the privilege of guest blogging for Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR), a community leadership development and engagement organization. Kelly is an alumni of the LMR's Leadership Quest Program (Class of 2011). Her blog discusses how Homeward uses data to support our work in homeless services and why other leaders should look to data to improve organizational capacity. Read the blog post here.

The National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service honors the lives of our neighbors who passed away while experiencing homelessness over the past 12 months. Homeward and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church partner each year to coordinate the Richmond region’s recognition of those lives lost here at home.

We invite you to join us for the ceremony on the longest night of the year, Thursday December 21, 2017 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. St. Paul’s is located at 815 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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We are just six weeks out from our 11th annual Project Homeless Connect! The event will be on Tuesday, November 14 from 9AM-4PM at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Although many of you are seasoned volunteers, many people aren’t aware that the origin of Project Homeless Connect expands beyond Homeward and the community that we serve. The first Project Homeless Connect was held as a public event in San Francisco in 2004 to meet the needs of people living in the streets of SF. Since then, the PHC model has been adapted by nearly 300 cities!

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The impact of the Richmond PHC is multi-faceted: First and foremost, where there are usually lengthy barriers facing people trying to get the help they need to get off the streets, Project Homeless Connect provides immediate access to the services that help people resolve their homelessness. Secondly, more than 40 service providers coordinate with each other at the event to make an even bigger impact in their community. Lastly, it introduces over 500 volunteers to the tangible needs of people in our community, thereby inspiring all of us to take action beyond this one day event.

Homeward welcomes the challenge of managing this event every year, precisely because of the consistent results it produces for people living on the streets. However, this is a large undertaking for any organization, and it equates to a 13th month in Homeward’s budget. The Convention Center has proven to be the most convenient location for our event guests and Homeward raises the cost of the venue, food, and coffee for PHC. If you would like to contribute to these efforts, we welcome your support in making this year’s event as impactful as our previous events!

Here is what your tax-deductible contribution can offer:

$10 pays for DMV Photo ID so that clients can apply for jobs and housing

$25 pays for the meals shared between one client and one volunteer

$125 pays for one person to have access to over 40 services

Thank you for your continued support. We will see you at Project Homeless Connect 2017! 



Randall Hicks Award- Fletcher Johnson, Liberation Veteran Services

Steve Neathery Award- Geenen Howard, Housing Families First

Homeward Volunteer- Karen Stanley, CARITAS

Homeward Community Champion Award- Bill Shelton

Homeward Community Connector Award- Matt Leslie


Steve Neathery Award: Freddie Gibbs, The Daily Planet

Randall Hicks Award: Carolyn Leung, CARITAS

Community Champion Award: Richmond's First Baptist Church

Zero:2016 Leadership Award: Jacob Snow, Commonwealth Catholic Charities


Randall Hicks Award: Georgi Fisher

Steve Neathery Award: Jimmy Fenner

Innovation in Homeless Services Award: Greater Richmond Regional Hotline

Community Champion Award: Darcy Oman, The Community Foundation

Zero:2016 Leadership Award: Celie Weaver, VA Supportive Housing


 Randall Hicks Award: Crystal Rivera

Steve Neathery Award: Lindell Sykes

Outstanding Faith Partner Award: Cool Spring Baptist Church

Special Commendation for Services to People Experiencing Homelessness: Commonwealth Catholic Charities 

Homeward Volunteer of the Year Award: Christy Jones

Bon Secours Community Impact Award: James E. Ukrop

Outstanding Business Partner Award: Capital One


Randall Hicks Award: Tenelle Walker

Steve Neathery Award: Greg Johnson Innovation in Homeless Services Provision: Richmond Area Collaborative to End Chronic Homelessness

Bon Secours Outstanding Community Partner: Furniture and Restoration Team of Specialists

Outstanding Volunteer: Natalie May


Randall Hicks Award: Walter Randall

Steve Neathery Award: Calendria Jones Innovation in Homeless Services Provision: Flager Services for Homeless Families

Bon Secours Outstanding Business Partnership: Freedom House and Admiral Security

Outstanding Board Member: Ali Fannon and Tom Thomson

Homeward's Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Beverly Aurand

2011 Innovation in Homeless Services Provision: Project HOPE Unit

Outstanding Business Partnership: CARITAS and Estes Trucking

Outstanding Board Member or Volunteer: Channy Franko and Lynn Bevins

Excellence in Case Managment Private Sector: Virginia Supportive Housing Housing Team

Randall Hicks Award: Rick Harris

Steve Neathery Award: Donna Rowe

Homewaed's Volunteer of the Year: Providence UMC Missions Team


Innovation in Homeless Services Provision: Virginia Supportive Housing

Outstanding Business Partnership: Caritas and PODS

Outstanding Board Member or Volunteer: Anna McKenney

Excellence in Case Management Private Sector: Cheryl Hunt

Randall Hicks Award: Ashley Menendez 

Steve Neathery Award: Charles Fitzgerald

Homeward's Volunteer of the Year: Jenny Bliley

Homeward's Connecting Compassion to Solutions Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry Chaney

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