volunteering

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

Our director

Marcellia Faltz, MSHSA
A Senior Case Manager & Team Lead that has extensive experience working with and coordinating services for veterans experiencing homelessness, substance abuse and mental health issues. 

our Community Partners

​​​​​Ben Plummer

US Army Veteran committed to community involvement. He has served on several boards including Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) and as Chair of RBHA's Finance Committee. He is actively involved in the recovery community and has served as Policy Chair of the Virginia Regional Convention Corporation of Narcotics Anonymous.

organization History

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

Jeff Fricker, BSW, QMHP-A
Empathetic US Army Veteran Peer and Case Worker. Graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University.with a Bachelors in Social Work. Experienced in Crisis programming and Community Mental Health.  

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


2016 - Received a Cooperative Agreement Award  to Benefit Homeless Individuals from HHS-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


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

our board of directors

Commonwealth Catholic Charities

recent advocacy

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

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

Melissa Canaday, M. Ed., LPC, 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 a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

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 Chief Operating Officer at River City Comprehensive Counseling Services she's well versed in facing the challenges of at-risk populations.

Our mission 

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