Richmond community bands together to beautify GRIP

Community volunteers help to beautify the GRIP center in Richmond as part of Project Hope on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

By Rafael Lima

With homelessness on the rise, the Richmond community came together Saturday to help beautify the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) in Richmond.

GRIP,  the center that provides people in need with shelter, food, basic needs, and intensive case management to help them get back on their feet, has been working in overdrive to ensure community members in need don’t fall through the cracks. In April, the center opened a daily warming center after a large homeless encampment across the street was closed down by the city.

And so many in the community saw the 2nd Annual Project Hope cleanup at GRIP on Saturday as particularly important. The list of sponsors and/or volunteers was long and included individuals and local businesses Among them were Wells Fargo, BART, Chevron, Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, AC Transit, Kiwanis, Sims Metal, Green Remedy, 7-Eleven, Supervisor John Gioia’s Office, Cesar Zepeda, the Richmond Tool Library, Caltrans and Union Pacific.