The R.I.C.H house started in 2000. We partnered with the US Attorney's Office under the Weed and Seed Initiative Grant. The grant amount was $250,000. Qualifying factors for the grant was high crime and poverty stricken neighborhoods. The grant ended in 2005. Once the grant was awarded, a safe haven for the at-risk children had to be established. The duplex was owned by the City Of Tampa and had sat abandoned for 5 years. All of the materials and manpower to rehab the duplex was donated from local area businesses. Volunteers from the police department, fire department, and local residents did all of the work. The city pays for the electric, water and phone expenses for the R.I.C.H house. Donated funds pay for alarm and internet service. All programs, food, materials are paid for through in kind donates or purchased with donated funds. Three years ago the program started to see pay off from its efforts; more kids are graduating from high school, and less teen girls are becoming pregnant. This year we had 11 students graduate high school, 7 are now enrolled in college and 4 have gone to the military. Please look at the rest of the website to get a real good feeling of what we do. Feel free to contact us and find out how you can be apart of this great cause!