Saturday was one of the largest Blessing Day Events we have had at Embrace Richmond in the four year history of the event, with more than 100 individuals from all over the city turning out to bless Hillside court. MCV brought over a dozen health care professionals and students who assessed the health care needs of more than forty residents during our health fair, roughly 80 coats were distributed, two families received furnishings and volunteers from five different congregations walked every section of the community greeting residents and praying for the families of those who have lost their lives in Hillside court in the past six months. The night prior to the Blessing Day, yet another youth was shot in the Hillside community. Thankfully the young man was not killed.
As a part of our debriefing process we ask volunteers three questions. First, “What will you leave behind as a result of this experience?” Secondly, “What memory will you take with you?” Lastly, “What will you do different as a result of this experience?”