RICHMOND (WRIC) - There's a place in Church Hill giving neighbors the help they need to help themselves.
The East District Family Resource Center is where people come when they truly need a shoulder to lean on.
This place is Brandi Daniels' passion.
"I smile, I give hugs because that support
is important in letting people know that someone is here," she says.
She grew up in Church Hill, left for a few years to attend UVA and then came back to give back.
There are several programs under one roof all designed to help put adults and children on the path to self-sufficiency.
Clothing and food pantries meet basic needs.
There are after-school leadership workshops and an initiative that focuses on
"When you live in a food desert such as Church Hill in which fresh produce and grocery store access is a low commodity, it's important that they understand their options," Daniels says.
Daniels wants everyone who comes through these doors to reach their fullest potential. Some go on to get their GED.
Shenika Edwards comes here to strengthen her
"It improved my life to the point that I'm able to go to get any kind of job that I want now," she says.
Volunteers work with Daniels to make a difference and lead by example, anything is possible.
"I'm a walking testament that it can happen," Daniel says.
"She done changed me from being kind of scared from everything to I can conquer the world," Edwards says.
That's why Edwards and others who step foot in the East District Family Resource Center will tell you it's positively Richmond.
"I can guarantee you'll come out with a smile."
The center opened in 1998 and has grown so much, but Daniels has even bigger dreams.
She plans to keep building relationships with local schools to let students know they can achieve anything.
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