PPDC’s programs serve the children, families, and senior citizens of the East End. The flagship Youth Program, Richmond Promise Neighborhood, the Senior Citizens Program and Food Distribution Program bring resources and support to serve our community.
Peter Paul Development Center’s flagship Youth Program helps students attain success in school and prepares them for a life after high school graduation. Our intensive, individualized programs supports East End students ages 7 to 18 (grades 2-12). We serve students through two components: the After School Learning Immersion Program and Summer Promise. Both components of the Youth Program have been intentionally designed not as drop-in programs, but ones with clear expectations of regular attendance, academic performance, and good behavior in school, at the Center, and in their community. In addition to the primary academic focus, students participate in enrichment activities, are fed healthy meals, and receive transportation to and from the Center and all activities.
In July 2014, PPDC welcomed the Richmond Promise Neighborhood (RPN) initiative as a program of Peter Paul. RPN’s alignment with PPDC placed RPN in the heart of the community it aims to serve, and allows both entities to provide more comprehensive services to the East End. The goal of RPN is to surround families with a unified community of support so that the students thrive and reach their potential. Primarily, these identified supports are through parent and family trainings and engagement. PPDC’s Outreach Coordinator launched the start of the Promise Family Network in 2014 as part of the RPN programming. Through the Network, parents of students in the Youth Program commit to the Promise Family Pledge, join a community of parents committed to the same pledge, and gain access to family events, programs, and services for the parent and children. Partnerships with service organizations and residents through identified community needs serve as the backbone of RPN and its community development work.
The Senior Citizens Program is for senior citizens who live in the Peter Paul neighborhood and are 50 years of age or older. Participants can attend twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays to enjoy lunch, chair exercises, and a variety of activities, including field trips, speakers, Bingo, and more. The goal is to keep senior citizens engaged and allow for social opportunities in the community. PPDC welcomes The Senior Center of Greater Richmond to facilitate the program for our seniors.
Each month Peter Paul serves as a distribution site for the Central Virginia Food Bank (FeedMore). The twice monthly food distribution, on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, reaches more than 700 individuals from the Peter Paul neighborhood. Volunteers and additional food is provided by the (Episcopal) Diocese of Virginia, area churches, civic organizations, and businesses. For more information, contact Adrienne Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 780-1195.