About Us

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The Up Center has served as a
safety net for our community
for 135 years…

When we were founded, we ran an orphanage for abandoned children, provided coal to poor families to heat their homes, and gave shoes to children so they could walk to school. Over the years we have evolved. We no longer run an orphanage, but we’re providing foster care and adoption services for children and many other programs.

Today, we help over 10,000 people in Hampton Roads each year.

Our mission… is to change the trajectory of families from crisis to wholeness. 

The agency touches ten thousand lives a year. There are few other institutions that can make that claim. The impact, from early childhood to the senior years, in areas ranging from mental illness to financial literacy, is really overwhelming.”

Maurice Jones
Deputy Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Former Up Center board member

Our vision… is a healthy community where children and families thrive. 

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