Forward-Thinking Approach to Healing

Jenkins Foundation commits $1 million to The Healing Place


The Jenkins Foundation envisions a community in which all residents have access to the health care they need to lead safe, healthy and productive lives. This includes an ongoing commitment to substance use recovery and treatment services for vulnerable men and women in the Richmond region.

After learning about a promising model in Louisville in 2000, the Foundation’s Board of Directors knew they needed a seat at the table to bring a similar long-term recovery program to Richmond. In 2003, The Jenkins Foundation committed a lead gift of $1 million to support The Healing Place for Men, a program of CARITAS, with the hope of building a foundation for a complementary program for women. Today, the Healing Place has helped more than 10,000 men find a path to recovery, while acting as a catalyst to revitalize the Manchester neighborhood where the facility is located.

With the emergence of the heroin epidemic, The Healing Place has been unable to meet the growing demand for recovery services, leaving an estimated 10,800 Richmond-area women in need of treatment for illicit drug use.

This past year, the Jenkins Foundation was the first to commit another $1 million to support the creation of The Healing Place for Women, a cornerstone program of the new CARITAS Center opening in early 2019. This 120,000 square foot warehouse on Stockton Street will house recovery services and housing for women, as well as CARITAS administrative offices and workforce development programs.

“The Jenkins Foundation consistently gives bravely and boldly,” said CARITAS CEO Karen Stanley. “They understand how difficult it is to serve the most challenging health issues facing our community, but have faith that it is possible.”

The CARITAS Center will provide innovative best-practices to address homelessness and substance use for women in our community who need it most. The Jenkins Foundation’s vision and partnership with forward-thinking partners will continue to impact healthcare access in Greater Richmond for years to come.