Ministry Program Offers Recovering Addicts a Bright Future

Rosa Linda Rivera, the executive director for the New Life For Youth program, says the money made at these two locations goes back into the community and to support the programs services.

“It helps us with our prevention programs, it helps us with our food bank,” Rivera said. “So if you come to our car wash, not only are you changing the lives of young guys, but a family of five is fed through our car wash.”

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New Life For Youth Awarded Virgina Governor’s Award

Virginia’s Governor's Award – New Life for Youth has successfully assisted broken families by providing spiritual, educational and job training for Virginians with substance abuse and other life-controlling addictions. Thousands of students have made significant life...

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Style Weekly- Top 40 Under 40

Rosalinda Rivera, 38 Executive Director, New Life For Youth For Rosalinda Rivera, helping others is in the genes. As executive director of the nonprofit New Life For Youth, she's taken over where founders Victor and Carmen Torres, her parents, left off. A graduate of...

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Victor’s Validation

“Us kids grew up there with all these guys and girls coming in off the street, and we used to give up our beds,” recalls Rosalinda Rivera, Torres’ daughter and co-director of the church’s New Life for Youth program. “We would sleep on the floor.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Movie depicts Richmond pastor's path out of heroin addiction, gang life By LAURA KEBEDE Richmond Times-Dispatch   Victor is more than a name. It’s a statement of character in the life of Richmond Pastor Victor Torres, who is the subject of a new movie “Victor” being...

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Focus On Faith: Furniture For Change

All of the items are new, shiny, and some are even on sale. However, this store is different from other furniture stores.

“Every purchase saves a life,” said Rivera.

They save the lives of all the young ladies who work inside the store. In fact, the ladies run the store, managing everything from its layout to pricing.

The ladies are part of the Mercy House, which is operated by the faith-based New Life for Youth charity, which started 44 years ago by Rosalinda Rivera’s parents, Victor and Carmen Torres.

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Rio Car Wash Donates $2,511 To New Life For Youth

“We are extremely grateful to Jeff Small and the entire Rio Car Wash team for this very generous donation, said Rosalind Rivera, Executive Director of New Life for Youth. “Support from area businesses like Rio Car Wash is crucial in allowing us to carry out our mission.”

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Furniture Today

Rivera, who has a background in retail, is the daughter of Victor and Carmen Torres, who founded New Life 43 years ago. Over the years, the faith-based organization has served more than 10,000 people from around the country, most in their 20s and 30s.

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Women’s Voices Magazine

Here, people who struggle with addiction learn job skills as they learn to live a sober life. The charity is partially funded by Furniture For Change, a retail store that helps sustain New Life For Youth through social enterprise, an idea fostered by Rosalinda, the youngest entrepreneur ever to own and operate mall-based retail stores in the Richmond, Virginia area.

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