The Action Alliance officially moved into our new space on a chilly Friday the 13th. Over 100 crates and several dozen boxes held years of memories, materials, and supplies as we moved from our previous home in Richmond’s West End to the freshly painted and carpeted digs located just a block west of VCU’s bustling campus.
With the anticipated on-boarding of several new staff members and ever-growing work projects, the move to this new larger space came right in time. We were able to bring (almost all) the staff together in offices just off of the main hallway, creating a more connected and synergistic work space. We also doubled the size of our training center, enabling us to accommodate larger meetings more comfortably. Our Hotline staff members also have more space to stretch their legs in their roomier digs, and soon they will be joined by new members of the legal resources team.
“It’s exciting to be more visible to the community,” says Emily Robinson, Senior Hotline Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator. “We are closer to the heart of the city and people can see our presence. We are very close to VCU, so students who may be interested in volunteering with us can get to us very easily.” We are also surrounded by some of Richmond’s coolest cafés and eateries, and we haven’t hesitated at all to check them out!
Though our walls are temporarily bare, we have plans to line the halls with the beautiful artwork we’ve collected over the years.
We are also looking to create a permanent installation of the Art of Surviving exhibit, a powerful display of art created by survivors of sexual violence.
We hope you will stop by and see us in our new space. We’d love to see you and give you a tour!
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