our Community Partners

​​​​​Ben Plummer

Is committed to community involvement. He has served on several boards including Richmond Behavioral Health Authority.  

Our mission 

We are committed to assisting those with significant barriers move from a state of crisis to stability to economic mobility.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Libby Tofflemire, LCSW
An empathetic, knowledgeable Case Manager and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Tofflemire has extensive experience working with and coordinating services for veterans experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues. 

Celie Weaver

Has served at-risk communities throughout her career. From Training Developer to Program Director, she’s provided therapy and crisis intervention to help stabilize families, children and veterans in need. She joins the Board with considerable knowledge of outreach worker best practices in navigating Fair Housing and the VA system. 

Our Staff

organization History

Our director

Tonita Christmas

Is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in the areas of mental health, clinical research, human resources, management and information technology. As a HR Director and Practitioner at River City Comprehensive Counseling Services she's well versed in facing the challenges of at-risk populations.

Arian Terrill, M.A.
Bi-Lingual Army Veteran Peer with expertise in planning and operations of social assistance programs in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Afghanistan. 

Along with numerous employers in the region, we thank these organizations for supporting our participants' success: 

recent advocacy

FOR recently participated in South by Southwest's Social Impact Sessions. 

our board of directors

Melissa Canaday, M. Ed., has over 25 years of experience in community-based participatory programming, activism and non-profit management. The experience of poverty, unemployment and homelessness instilled in her the passion to effect change. She received her Bachelors of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore, and her Masters of Education with a concentration in Community Counseling from the College of William and Mary.  She is currently a Resident in Counseling.


FOR welcomes individuals with special skills to aid in our mission. Please see the Make a Difference page for more information.

2011 - Focused Outreach Richmond, Inc. established as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity

2013 - Formed a board of directors and established quarterly meetings

2014 -  Received a contract with the Department of Corrections to provide residential alcohol and other drug treatment programming

2020 - Received Incarcerated Veteran Transition Program (IVTP) grant from the Department of Labor