Individual Client Partners
Tricia first got into trouble with the law when she was just 14 years old. She also struggled with drugs and alcohol, and would spend more than a decade of her life in prison. Now 41, Patricia was released from prison in 2013 and has been determined to turn her life around and make up for lost time with her two children, now 22 and 26 years old.
In 2018, support from the Fountain Fund helped Tricia finally pay her court costs, allowing her to get a driver’s license that made it possible for her to work two jobs and be there for her children and grandchildren. Before the loan, she says that she had little hope that anyone would be willing to help.
“The Fountain Fund listened to me and guided me,” says Tricia. “They had enough faith in me to give me a chance.”
After moving to Charlottesville from Detroit, Martize graduated from high school and almost immediately went to prison for 6 years as a 19-year-old. After he returned home, he fell into the common reentry pitfall of what he describes as “doing the same old things.” Without confidence and support, Martize found himself back in prison.
After his second stint in prison, Martize surrounded himself with a strong network of people. “They tried to blossom what was inside of me and I became a better, productive member of society.” Through that process, Martize started a partnership with The Fountain Fund–then a new nonprofit—back in 2017. “It has been awesome ever since.”
His relationship with the Fund went beyond just a check in the mail every month. Through the loan process, Martize says he felt connected, seen and supported. “I don’t consider them a nonprofit; I consider them my second family,” he says. “I was able to look forward to the future because they put me in the position to win.”
Client Partner Businesses
Many of our Client Partners have used their Fountain Fund loans to start their own businesses. Please consider supporting these hard-working individuals, listed below.
EDWIN MELTON – MELTON HUSBANDFORHIRE INC. – “Not Your Typical Handyman”
Edwin Melton came up with the idea for his home concierge service when his father passed away and he began to notice how much help his mother needed around her house. He now helps with outside and inside maintenance, moving and assembling furniture, paint jobs, and much more. Edwin is there to help for just about any assistance you need with your home.
DUANE WASHINGTON – Duane Washington & Son Truck & LLC
Duane began his business journey by taking classes at Piedmont Services to become more equipped to own and operate a dump truck. Soon after earning his licenses, he purchased a dump truck of his own, and he now provides dump and hauling services throughout Virginia and in the community. He credits his success to the help of the Fountain Fund for giving him his loan and therefore giving him the opportunity to provide for his family as well as helping others create income for themselves.
PHILLIP SPARROW – Mountain Life Automotive
Phillip started with only $100 and has since grown his business to able to serve across Virginia and even parts of West Virginia. He builds, repairs and does custom conversions on ATVs, trucks, and other off-road vehicles.
RANDY COLEMAN – Majestic Lawn and Landscaping
Randy came up with his business idea and model while incarcerated. After doing research on how to start a business, he came to the Fountain Fund with his plan. He now oversees the upkeep of more than 20 lawns and his business continues to expand.
JOHNATHAN METCALF – Advanced Concepts
Johnathan has been working on the upkeep and repair of vehicles since he was young. He loves what he does and can operate on and repair just about any vehicle.
CJ CHAMBERS – CJ Trucking LL
CJ started with an ambition for driving 18-wheelers and turned it into a business. He’s driven big trucks for 18 years, so you can trust that your shipments are in experienced hands. He operates both flatbeds and open trailers.
SHANNON HAYWOOD – DNJ Services
Shannon used to work for bigger, less personalized repair companies before starting his own. He now serves the Richmond and Louisa areas, specializing in washing machines, dryers, microwaves, stoves, dishwashers, and more.
Client Partner Connections
Monthly gatherings bring Client Partners and Fountain Fund staff together for conversation, providing opportunities to listen, learn and build community. These Client Partner Connections meetings are another way the Fund supports its partners and creates opportunities for partners to draw strength from one another.