The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) Executive Director Ralph Payton’s monthly report outlines the organization’s key updates, financials, and programming highlights including a politician’s visit, listing of GRIP apartments for sale, and some updates for the children staying at GRIP.

The VA apartment building and property is now listed on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for $1.25 million and has generated preliminary interest, but no offers have been placed yet. The multi-unit building also includes eight parking spots. The staff did tremendous work to beautify the property and stage the apartments in preparation for sale. The listing is available here:  The board voted to sell the units to focus on its main mission, the soup kitchen, outreach and homeless services, and the main transitional shelter for families.

FACILITIES: GRIP is seeking project partners to help revamp the children’s playground, including remediating water damage under the protective mats and updating equipment and design. Also, a solar panel replacement project is now underway, improving efficiency and environmental sustainability, funded by the county’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

CLIENT SERVICES: The search for a case manager applicant is making progress, with the verification of references planned for this week. In terms of client programming, GRIP is introducing health-related workshops by LifeLong, planned twice monthly starting in August, and parenting groups facilitated by the Early Childhood Mental Health Program.

OUTREACH: The past month has seen GRIP representatives networking at Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Rotary Club events. Additionally, GRIP is anticipating an office visit from Assemblyperson Buffy Wick (D-East Bay) on May 30th.

GRIP is also collaborating with the City of Richmond’s encampment outreach team to support the relocation process for residents, highlighting the organization’s commitment to community partnerships.

GRIP continues its mission to support the west county’s underserved communities through these comprehensive efforts and partnerships.

NOTE: This report includes some content originally drafted by ChatGPT 4.0, but was re-writen, edited, and reviewed for accuracy by a human.