Short History of GRIP…

The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program began in 1966 at the time of racial unrest in many cities of the United States. Fires were burning in the streets of Detroit, Watts, and …Richmond.  Clergy from white and Black congregations in Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish met together and “resolved to unite our thoughts and actions… to work together to address issues of racial unrest, economic disparity and social justice.” In the first 25 years of its existence, GRIP founded and subsequently spun off programs which are still serving the community as follows:
1971 – Richmond Emergency food Pantry
1974 – West County Rape Crisis  Center
1983 – Richmond Farmer’s Market
1986 – 1st  Annual Harmony Walk
1990 – Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond
1993 – GRIP Partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build eight houses in Richmond
1996 – The Multi- Service Center
1999 – East West Gardening Project
2000 – West County Faith Collaborative
2001 – Multi-Congregational Breast Cancer Partnership
2001 – GRIP Community Land Trust
2001 – Contra Costa County Shelter Fiscal Management
2009 – GRIP a collaborative partner initiating the County’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) – Providing Rental Assistance In West Contra Costa County
2010 – GRIP Social Services Committee actively involved on issues of affordable housing, immigration reform and efforts to end the death penalty
2011 – GRIP lunches “Career Pipeline Initiative”, sponsored by Chevron Richmond Refinery, provides on-site vocational training leading to jobs for homeless clients
2012 – GRIP awarded California Child & Adult Care Food Program to provide nutritious meals for children residing in the GRIP Family Shelter
2013 – GRIP initiates collaboration with the White Pony Express; volunteers deliver food and support GRIP Souper Center and Family Housing Programs