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Richmond Community Action Program (RCAP) was started in Richmond as an integral part of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty in 1965. RCAP's mission is to act as a bridge between poverty areas and surrounding cities, counties, and social service agencies and to develop and institute new and innovative projects to meet the needs of the impoverished. Additionally emphasis is placed on providing community residents with resources to help themselves.
Two Senior Centers serve about 50 seniors four days a week with a meal and social activities. RCAP operates four neighborhood centers, which provide emergency assistance and outreach services. During the past year over 16,000 persons have received food from these centers. Virginia CARES assists ex-offenders in Richmond and Petersburg with employment, housing and transportation. RCAP also provides youth tutoring (Another Way) and college preparatory programs (Project Discovery) for over 200 middle/senior high youth, as well as Freedom School for 100 elementary school children. Cars to Work have provided donated cars to nearly150 welfare to work consumers. Child Care Food Program provides nearly one million meals annually to children in home-based childcare. Computers R Us provides afternoon and Saturday computer instruction for youth at 4 schools.
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