Pouches' Community Corner

Since opening its doors to the community in 1997, the Bragg Hill Family Life Center has served low-income and underprivileged families and at-risk youth families in the greater Fredericksburg region.

Dr. Joseph D. Henderson, Sr. and Dr. Doris S. Henderson, former residents of Bragg Hill and founders of the Bragg Hill Family Life Center, envisioned a place where people in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city could find refuge. Once they opened the doors, this former youth detention center went from a place of despair to a center of hope for people seeking to gain the knowledge and tools necessary to overcome their socioeconomic setbacks.

Bragg Hill Family Life Center’s goals are threefold as it aims to fulfill its mission to build people:

  • To provide opportunities for mental, moral, spiritual, and educational growth.
  • To serve as an outreach organization for the community and a referral source for individuals needing assistance from local agencies.
  • To be committed to family empowerment.

“This is a great role model for how we can be addressing these issues nationwide.” – Fmr. U.S. Senator Jim Webb

The Bragg Hill Family Life Center achieves these goals through programs geared towards educating adults and seniors, offering assistance through its food pantry, providing emergency and holiday assistance, and hosting annual community events throughout the year for people of all ages.

As a community partner, Bragg Hill Family Life Center emphasizes youth programs aimed at helping the present generation of kids flourish in today’s society, through programs such as sports, academics, or arts and crafts. The directors of the Center also encourage other community organizations to use its facilities to host events and meetings in an effort to make the community better for all people.

What: Brag Hill Family Life Center
Where: 400 Bragg Hill Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Contact: Danielle Henderson, Program Specialist - (540) 371-3662

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