Volunteers sought to help revitalize, beautify GRIP

GRIP seeks volunteers to help prep 800 meals daily for County's homeless
GRIP shelter located at 165 22nd St. in Richmond.

Community members are encouraged to join an annual effort to revitalize and beautify the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) headquarters.

The Project Hope event is set to take place this Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GRIP center at 165 22nd St.

GRIP is a collaboration of multiple congregations from varied faiths working together to help community members in need, including the homeless and hungry, transition to self-sufficiency. Its food pantry serves over 15,000 people annually.

GRIP’s services have been even more important in recent years as the city sees an uptick in homelessness. Last month, GRIP expanded services to include a Warming Center to feed and house the homeless. It opened in the wake of the city of Richmond’s abatement of a growing homeless encampment located just across the street from the GRIP facility.