Our Work

Families with children battling severe illness face tremendous challenges every day. Countless hours seeking treatment and ever-changing protocols that can create logistical nightmares, bringing both financial and emotional burdens to bear.

While help has been widely available for families in Richmond fighting well-known illnesses like cancer and autism, no family support services previously existed for children with complex medical illnesses.

Since 2017, Better2gether RVA has provided mentorship, counsel and recreational programming for families of children diagnosed with complex medical illnesses, plus valuable resources for managing treatment and its associated costs. With continued support, new programs are being added and more families are gaining access to previously non-existent support every day.

Tyler-Nicholas and SMILE Buddy Matt
Allie, 7
Allie with Better Bag and SMILE Buddy


Better2gether RVA was founded on the belief that all families of children battling illness — regardless of the diagnoses — deserve access to the same resources and support services.

Mentor Support Program

Connecting families experienced at managing a child’s complex medical care with those of more recently diagnosed children, this program provides valuable guidance and support navigating the medical care system as well as family and financial hurdles.

Resource Coordination

Caring for an ill child can be devastating. But with the right tools and resources, families will find a community of people and programming to support them along their journey. We work together to address the fragmentation of support and unequal access to care that families of children with medical complexity face. Better2gether understands, supports, and equips families of children with medical complexities with the tools to care for their child. Resource Coordination is the link to providing a whole health approach to care.

Financial Assistance

Caring for a child with medical complexity generates a financial burden on families, and we assist families with associated costs of seeking treatment such as meals, transportation expenses and more.

Moments Caregiver Support Group

A partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, this monthly support group provides opportunities for caregivers to connect in a safe, nurturing and supportive community through workshops, speakers and other educational opportunities.

Virtual Speaker Series

Better2gether is working with community partners to bring you speakers to address topics related to caring for your medically complex child. Each month we will address a new topic and have a new speaker. Each event is free of charge but requires a RSVP to receive the individual login link.

With continued support from donors, community partners and organizations, we hope to launch new programs such as Music Therapy and Care Coordination, and help more families gain access to previously non-existent support services.

Learn more about how you can help or donate to support us today.