There are hundreds of homeless teenagers in Richmond area public schools who are struggling to earn their diplomas and become successful, independent adults.  There are also college students who have nowhere to stay over their breaks and holidays.  To address this critical issue, Change the World RVA, Children’s Home Society, Great Expectations and St. Joseph’s Villa have joined together to create the Richmond Youth Host Home Program.

This centrally organized program will place students in volunteer host homes and provide ongoing guidance for both the family and student.  This program is currently in its early (but exciting!) stages.  There is such a need for respite, temporary, and long-term host homes that we must move forward–with your help.

Our Host Home Training Program will be held on Saturday, April 21st at Change the World RVA (1010 W. Laburnum Ave. in Ginter Park United Methodist Church) from 9:00 am–3:00 pm.  The training will be an interactive and engaging combination of workshops, panel discussions, and conversation.  The workshop is limited to 20 participants, so please sign up early!  Please join us and share with others.  Breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in becoming a short- or long-term host family for a high school or college student, please click here to complete the preliminary application and workshop registration.

The stability of a home can change everything for a young person. Thank you for considering this opportunity!

 Please Kaylee McGuffin with questions about the workshop.

Comments (2)


  1. Will this be offered again? I am unable to come on the 21st but feel really called to help with this.

  2. Michelle, thank you so much for your interest! If you complete the application using the link above, Kaylee McGuffin (email link also above) will reach out to you with more information.

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