By Kia Croom
From Left to Right: Eddie Morris, Brian Hancock, Rick Fortenberry, Kimberly Graves, Ivory Mitchell, Malcolm Jones, Antwon Cloird, Ralph Cook, Frank Hancock, Cedric Armistead. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, BAPAC.
Men and Women of Purpose (MWP), a new community-based nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding safe, healthy and whole communities, will host an open house, noon to 3 p.m., Friday, May 18 at 820 23rd street in Richmond.
The group’s multi-service programming is designed to address community risk factors such as recidivism, homelessness and chronic unemployment.
According to founder and Program Director Antwon Cloird, the organization places a high value on transparency and collaborative partnerships to ensure community members are able to easily access needed services.
“I go to a lot of community events, and it seems as though nonprofits in our city are not really collaborating, so clients are not getting the quality services they need to get a second chance,” he said.
In the spirit of collaboration, MWP has partnered with Neighborhood House of North Richmond to place clients into inpatient treatment at Faruso, Neighborhood House’s inpatient treatment site.
MWP is also partnering with Reach Fellowship to provide female clients with services such as job readiness training and education.
“I want to make sure there is not just a paper trail, but a body trail—meaning clients are accessing all the services they need such as case management, support groups, mentoring, education and crisis intervention, job readiness and outpatient substance abuse treatment,” Cloird said.
Men and Women of Purpose is located at 823 23rd St. in Richmond. For information visit www.mwpurpose.org or call (510) 837-4695.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.