About Us

In 1971, Victor and Carmen were on a National speaking tour with Richmond, Virginia as their first stop. At the time, they didn't realize that Richmond would become their permanent home and a base for their outreach ministry. Realizing it was God's plan to remain in Richmond, they began reaching out on the streets of Richmond, ministering in front of night clubs and in prisons. The need was apparent, and they started bringing the hurting youth into their own home, allowing them to sleep anywhere they could fit a bed, some even sleeping on the floor. Victor and Carmen were bringing hope and change to broken lives.

In 1972, realizing that they would need more space, they rented a house on the Southside of Richmond, continuing to bring young people suffering from addiction into their home. However, because of the overwhelming need, they soon they outgrew the house. So they purchased their home at 315 Dundee Avenue and in no time had 30 students living in the home, known as the " Jesus House ". Young men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds sought help at the "Jesus House."

Unfortunately, the drug and gang problems in Richmond, VA were growing and New Life For Youth was filled to capacity. With a vision of expansion, the Lord led them to Beaverdam, Virginia. In 1976, an 118-acre farm was purchased, "The Ranch," allowing New Life the opportunity to accommodate as many as 100 students. Eventually, an addition was added to the property for greater capacity, and several other homes for post-graduate study and internship were acquired.

Years later, the women's home was moved to Broad Rock Boulevard, and in 2006 the women's facility was expanded to establish the beautiful Carmen Torres "Mercy House." This year, our newest property was purchased to become a 40-bed home for women on Walmsley Boulevard, the "Mercy House."

Throughout the past 50 years, thousands of students have received help from New Life For Youth. Today, the program's homes can accommodate 120 students. Students live in our homes for a 12-to 18-month period, receiving residential care, practical mentorship, vocational and life-skills training, as well as an opportunity for recovery from the life-controlling problems that are destroying their lives.

Help--A HAND UP NOT A HAND OUT--is provided without regard to race, social background or creed.