The sale of the Lora M. Robins Family Learning Center (LMRFLC) to Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority (VCUHSA) has been finalized. The childcare center at LMRFLC which has been operated by VCUHSA since 2010 will continue to operate under the new ownership.
In support of our commitment to children and families in Richmond’s Northside, we plan to invest proceeds from the sale to support organizations and programs in the Northside and throughout the region that align with the community needs and assets identified in our Northside Report (Portrait of Vulnerable Families & Community Needs in Richmond’s Northside). This report highlights the importance of creating safe and enriching spaces for children and families, investing in accessible quality early child development services, and connecting families to jobs that have the promise of a family-sustaining wage.
This sale provides the opportunity for us to make an impact investment so that we can continue advancing innovations and initiatives that benefit children and families in the Northside community. Our founders’ vision was to collaborate and engage with others working to nurture a greater, stronger Richmond for all. We will continue to build on this vision.
Throughout our exploration for transitioning ownership of the building, the priority was to find a buyer capable of and committed to increasing the impact of the facility on children and families in the Northside. We have been working closely with VCUHSA throughout the pre-sale period to ensure that, as the new owner, they will uphold the commitments we have made to this community.
Robins Foundation was established in 1957 by E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. and Lora M. Robins. Our vision is to advance the greater Richmond community through strategic partnerships, collaborations and education, all of which will serve as a model for creating an environment of fairness and opportunity for everyone to thrive. To achieve this vision, we continue to conduct and support initiatives that encourage policy shifts, align with peers and nonprofits around community issues, and make investments that cultivate and support innovative solutions.