Make a difference


The Power to Overcome.

Your giving has the power to transform lives!

The Sheltering Arms Foundation team of volunteers and professionals fuels the missions of Sheltering Arms Institute; a collaboration with VCU Health as well as the Fitness, Wellness and Recreation programs known as Partners for L.I.F.E.

Since our humble beginnings in 1889, generous donors have been the lifeblood of Sheltering Arms and have enabled central Virginia to become a nationally recognized destination for advanced physical rehabilitation.

The Foundation team will assist you in finding ways that align with your interests and values to fuel this vital, transformational work. Welcome and thank you for your interest.

Patients Impacted

Current Initiatives

Learn more about what we have going on at Sheltering Arms Foundation.


Advanced Technology

Our team of physical therapists conducts ongoing clinical research to ensure they are offering the most advanced and effective treatment in the field of physical rehabilitation. This expertise, combined with state-of-the-science rehab technology, continues to result in exceptional outcomes for patients at Sheltering Arms.


Annual Fund

Your donations allow us to acquire the tools and technology that have helped our patients recover abilities and conquer challenges once thought impossible. It is an honor to help people find the power to overcome some of life’s greatest challenges. 


Club Rec

Community, possibilities, lifelong learning, adaptability, respite care, and fun are all ways to describe Club Rec. Activities range from spirituality group, adaptive fitness and wellness, community outings, coping skills, music therapy and expressive arts programs. Club Rec uses leisure and wellness activities to provide physical, social, emotional, and cognitive opportunities for its members.


Fitness & Wellness

Sheltering Arms is your Partner for LIFE and we believe fitness is for everyone. Exercise Physiologists will partner with you to develop a personalized fitness plan based on a holistic approach to help you continue your recovery. Giving to this fund is an investment in the fitness goals of those in our community regaining their strength and mobility following an injury or illness or diagnoses of Parkinson’s, MS or other life events.


Project Gratitude

A special opportunity for patients and family members to express their thanks in honor of the exceptional care received at Sheltering Arms. Gifts of gratitude support state-of-the-science technologies, educational opportunities for our care teams along enhancing patient experience. Choose to honor a caregiver, clinician, or family member by making a gift today.



Sheltering Arms cares for the whole person – body, mind, and soul. An Interfaith chaplain provides services and care that respects the religious beliefs of all people. The Spirituality program provides respite and shelter to all patients in an environment promoting healing and recovery.

Have an Impact

Join us in making a difference in your community. Together we can strive to provide the best possible service and resources to our region.