Impact Report

From the Director

Dear Family:

Great things are happening at City of Promise! 

Before joining the City of Promise family just over a year ago, I thoroughly researched the amazing work the organization had done within the community. Yet no amount of research could compare to seeing the mission carried out first hand, and playing a role serving the neighborhood that raised me.

It has truly been an honor to watch our families, neighborhood, and organization grow over the past year. I have witnessed strong, powerful voices rise from a community that once felt voiceless.  A single father in our neighborhood is now a home owner, and moms at Westhaven have regular support as they raise their little ones. Students have a team of dedicated coaches helping them reach their academic goals through in-school connections, after-school tutoring, and field trips that broaden their horizons

In the upcoming year, we look forward to continuing our journey toward organizational independence by attaining 501(c)3 nonprofit status. We are also poised to play a stronger role as an agent of change as Charlottesville confronts its history. We have a seat at the table with other thought leaders, seeking to address the achievement and opportunity gaps. As part of those conversations, we remain true to our core belief that everyone deserves high-quality education and support regardless of their address. Our model has proven that change occurs through trusting, authentic relationships, and a community of people willing to invest.  

Thank you for believing in our mission. Our success is the community’s success. With the ongoing support of our donors, partners, and volunteers, City of Promise is ready for the challenges and achievements ahead. We appreciate you and look forward to our future together.



Denise Johnson

Program Director



Children and adults served


Summer pool passes issued


Kids enrolled in local camps


children received holiday gifts


kids and adults enjoyed field trips


volunteers made a difference











Since 2012,  our neighborhood has seen a 42% decrease in households receiving child welfare services. Aspirational thinking and opportunities for personal thriving make a difference!

60%  Students aspiring to attend 4-year colleges

40%  Middle school absences

70%  Ninth-grade absences


Every day of the year, children, parents, and volunteers work together to reach personal and collective goals. We are a thriving community.

City of Promise helped my mom get the job she currently has. It has helped me stay on track with afterschool programs and activities. Now, I see myself going to college and becoming an entrepreneur when I graduate.

Noah Ivery, Student

8th Grader at Buford Middle School

 Latara Ragland is a gem. She worked lovingly and diligently with the families in Westhaven in a way I have never seen a social worker do. There are many needs in this community. Knowing children outside of school is key.

Sydna Julian, Volunteer

Retired nurse, psychotherapist, and social worker