Love Your Neighbor, Honor the Sabbath
- To instill the next generation with a life-long vocation of Christian community development modeled by John M. and Vera Mae Perkins
- To honor, renew and build community in the historic Venable & 10th & Page Neighborhoods.
Director of House Operations - Garrett Trent has lived in Charlottesville for over 12 years and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010. He went on to receive an MS Commerce - Marketing and Management degree from the McIntire School at UVA in 2011. Garrett worked on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years before transitioning to work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Garrett lives in the Venable neighborhood two blocks from the Perkins House and helped launch the initiative in 2016.
Director of Community Formation - Marian McCullough is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina who journeyed to Charlottesville,Virginia about seven years ago to attend UVa. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Master’s in Elementary Education, Marian began her journey as a classroom teacher in Charlottesville about three years ago. As a former University student and current Charlottesville homebody, she has been keenly positioned to witness the transformation of Charlottesville over the past several years and has seen the deep need for more authentic, neighborhood/community partnerships. Marian was drawn to work with the Perkins House ladies after seeing the unique opportunity for reconciliation that the Perkins Fellows offers . She hopes to assist the Perkins House in facilitating community partnerships and developing a strong relationship amongst themselves in order to love neighborhoods of Charlottesville well. When she isn’t working, Marian also loves reading, being outdoors, and running.
Director of Program Evaluation - Nadine Michel went to Duke University and was part of the Duke Chapel Pathways program. During that time, she experienced intentional Christian community, local community engagement, exposure to issues of urban development, and personal growth in her faith. After completing the program she moved to Charlottesville to begin an M.D/Ph.D program at UVA. Since her experience with the Pathways program she has sought to be more active in issues of social justice in Charlottesville by being an active part of initiatives to increase diversity in graduate and professional programs at UVA, leading discussions on race relations in the local church, volunteering in jail ministry, and most recently, being part of the leadership team for the Perkin’s House.
Program Advisor - Christen Yates lives in Charlottesville with her husband and four children, completing a journey begun when she graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. Christy serves as Associate Director for Theological Horizons and is a member of All Souls Charlottesville. Christy has lived from Washington, DC to inner city Boston to Vancouver. She’s studied theology, mentored college students, and developed a community arts initiative. Christy is also an artist: christenyates.com. Her husband Chris is a writer and professor of philosophy and aesthetics.
Advisory Team Members
Selena Cozart, Brendan Jamieson, Josh Kaufman-Horner, Lisa Keller
We are now receiving applications for the 2020-2021 year. If you are interested in The Perkins House Charlottesville, but still unsure, we encourage you to go ahead and apply. The initial deadline for applications is November 1, 2019. Please send to Christy Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation
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The New Perkins House - Isabella Hall (2017)
Last September, I met UVa alumnus Garrett Trent through a mutual friend and over the course of our very first conversation arose the question, “Who is my neighbor?” We talked at some length about what it means to be a neighbor, to love ones neighbor, what this looks like in each of our lives. As students, our lives orbit around the University and for many, this means never leaving the familiarity of Grounds and missing out on the opportunity to be a part the city of Charlottesville. Many students feel disconnected from the larger community which surrounds the University and in this disconnect, there is an opportunity for reconciliation. Garrett shared about his experience of moving to the 10th and Page area and living with intentionality in a neighborhood that is multi-ethnic, economically varied, and complex in many ways. Garrett offered up the idea of creating an opportunity for undergraduates at UVa to live with the same sort of intentionality and learn what it means to be a good neighbor.
Garrett also shared that he was a member of All Souls and mentioned that the All Souls community was deeply concerned with justice, mercy, and racial reconciliation. A couple of days later, I attended All Souls for the first time. I remember feeling deeply moved as the congregation kneeled and prayed in solidarity with the men and women of Charlotte, NC in the midst of violence and protest. I saw a church passionately seeking shalom.
Over the next few weeks, with the counsel of Christy Yates, Brendan Jamieson of All Souls, and several other individuals, the vision of this project continued to be developed with prayer and careful consideration. The name of the Perkins House was selected in honor of John M. Perkins, a civil-rights activist, minister, and theologian. John Perkins excelled at developing communities and founded the Christian Community Development Association, as well as the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. Inspired by the work of John Perkins, the newly named Perkins House has increasingly become devoted to the tenets of faithful presence within the neighborhood through building relationships with residents and practicing Sabbath. When the vision was shared with students, there was an encouraging amount of interest, not only as prospective residents, but as partners in prayer and supporters of the vision of the Perkins House. Since that time, the Perkins House has become a reality and next fall will mark the inaugural cohort of Perkins House ladies.
Throughout the past few months, as all of this has unfolded, I have become increasingly humbled by all that the Lord has provided in this process and the realization that the Venable neighborhood has so much to teach all of us who are becoming a part of this community. On behalf of all the Perkins Ladies, we are unbelievably excited and deeply grateful.