“To begin to deal with a problem or task in a determined and vigorous way”
“Powerless, disenfranchised, lacking well-being and the resources to obtain well-being”
Strengthen under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization and basic needs
Our work involves partnering with the local church to adopt pockets of poverty and launching what we call: “FRIENDS INITIATIVES”. We love bringing together communities of resource with communities of need. Our Friends Initiatives are long-term partnerships with local churches, residents and stakeholders who are committed to community transformation. Our initiatives include: in-school student support, after school programs, literacy, GED completion, job readiness training and home repair.
FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS THAT DRIVE US
There are two types of poverty: Situational and Generational. We focus on breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
Generational poverty cannot be changed with small, soft-hearted plans. It must be directly addressed with great intention through mutual relationships.
Generational poverty is a complicated spiritual, relational, mental-attitude, educational and financial issue.
Faith in Action
We work with the local church to model what can happen when people work together for the common good.
Developing platforms that strengthen faith and provide outlets to put faith into practice
We will honor our word as we work with and serve others. We are committed to transparency as we steward the God-given resources entrusted to us.
Pursuing honest and transparent relationships that build trust and lead to transformative action
We work to awaken the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. It’s about development, not charity. It’s a hand up, not a hand out.
Increasing the capacity of individuals and systems, leveraging assets to break the cycle of generational poverty
We can’t do this alone; we get excited about partnering with other nonprofit organizations, churches, corporations, local government, leaders, stakeholders and residents, working together towards a healthier, sustainable community.
Building connected relationships to foster transformation in under-resourced communities
We understand the connections between: a decent place to live and a living wage job for healthy families, spiritual health, quality education, child care, basic and financial literacy, transportation and access to health care for sustainability.
Restoring the wholeness of people and communities to God’s design
In 2009, Richard Logan became the Missions Pastor at River Pointe Church and began to research areas in close proximity to his church with a high concentration of need. One day, he got in his car and just began to drive. Remembering people talking, several years back, about an “at-risk” area on the North side of the railroad tracks in downtown Richmond; Richard decided to go and take a look for himself. He was so moved by the need and possibilities for the church to partner with others in the community to bring about lasting transformation. After many conversations with city leaders, stakeholders and local residents, and pastors, Friends of North Richmond was born! The following year, Friends of Uganda was launched. In an effort to mobilize more churches and set the stage for future growth, Attack Poverty was founded by Richard Logan in 2011 and was granted 501c3 status! We are excited for all that God has in store as we look to the future and empower people to attack poverty in their life and community!
One God, to be Creator and Ruler of the universe; He has always existed outside of the boundaries of time and has shown Himself in history in three distinct persons – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit- these three distinctions form the Trinity.
Jesus is the Son of God, sent to earth to be the sinless sacrifice for our sins. He was both fully human and fully God. He was at the creation of the world, and by Him, all things were made. He rose from the dead after three days, and has complete power over sin and death. He will return one day to complete God’s plan of redemption for all who believe, as well as creation itself.
The Salvation of lost and sinful mankind through the shed blood of Jesus Christ by faith alone.
The Holy Spirit is the third distinct member of the Trinity, co-equal to God and Jesus. He has been presented to this world to convict mankind of his sin, and make them aware of their need for Christ. He is present and active in each person from the moment they believe in Jesus as their Savior, and gives us power to defeat sin and the ability to understand God’s truth.
The Bible is the story of the redemption of mankind by God. It is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe the entire Bible points to the work and person of Jesus Christ.
The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the body of Christ. It is God’s primary and intended instrument to serve the poor and bring about community transformation.