Pastor Bob Becker founded Open Hand in 2002 as a ministry of New City Fellowship. Incorporated in 2004, Open Hand of Fredericksburg is an outgrowth of a vision for a cross-cultural community-development ministry.
A Summer Youth Intern Program (now called GRAD) began to hire youth from low-income families to work in a summer internship with local companies and non-profits and placed the youth with job mentors who taught them job-specific skills and work ethics. The GRAD program features education classes in job readiness, character formation, life skills, career counseling and financial literacy, all to add to the student’s abilities to prepare for college or other postsecondary education and to be able to have a sustainable employment in the future.
In the Fall of 2009, Open Hand began providing job readiness and life skills training as a paid consultant to James Monroe High School’s STARS GED program. The STARS program meets twice a week during the school year and incorporates academic enrichment for students using practical real-world experiences.
Today, Open Hand of Fredericksburg continues to serve the community by providing its programs to those in need.