Building the fundamental
element of community.
The Relationship Foundation of Virginia, formerly First Things First of Greater Richmond, recognizes that the strength of our community and the future of our city lies in the health of the family.
When our families and relationships are healthy, life is richer and more fun. Without strong, lasting relationships, life can be harder, feel emptier and lead to more challenges – not only for us, but for our communities.
As our name suggests, Relationship Foundation of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to building the fundamental element of strong communities: healthy relationships and families.
For youth, we deliver programs that teach self-respect and respect for others. For individuals – single or in long-term relationships and marriages – we lead engaging programs to create awareness and provide the practical tools to pursue and sustain strong relationships.
For new and expecting dads, we equip them with the skills to be active, committed fathers for life. We provide all with the confidence and strength to thrive.
By understanding the complexity and joys of relationships, we help everyone we serve be more successful, which makes our community a better place to live.
A native Virginian, Chris spent the first part of his career teaching at the elementary and middle school levels. Inspired by his students, he coordinated fundraisers that helped shed light on the challenges they were facing. After several successful events, it led him out of the classroom and into the non-profit world. More than six years later, Chris draws from his experiences as an educator, a father to four boys and a loving husband to lead the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.
Our approach to programs and outreach.
RFVA stands on four foundational pillars. These core elements guide how we communicate and act as an organization. They shape the way we teach our programs and develop relationships within our community. Upon these pillars, we help build our community into one rooted soundly in relational wellness, strong youth, and stable families.
We take a holistic approach, knowing that by creating more healthy relationships we build a stronger community.
Our approach focuses on building, strengthening and preparing individuals for healthy long-term relationships.
We provide tools, education and experiences that are accessible, relatable and applicable to today’s modern world.
The nature of our work is engaging and fun, reflecting the idea that although relationships may take work, they are rewarding and a source of joy.
Jay Grant, Board Chair
VA Department of Housing and Community Development
Brittany Griffith, Vice Chair
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Amie Carter, Past Chair
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Jerald Williams, Secretary
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