Virginia Quality Life, Inc. (VQL) was founded in 1996
when it assumed the 501.C.3 corporation of the Campbell Memorial Presbyterian
Church foundation. A new board of directors was elected and began operation
with the purpose of raising funds to build buildings on a campus for
health, education and recreation.
Many families enjoy a good quality of life on the Lower Northern Neck.
Many other families, unfortunately, do not. Unemployment is high, the
public school system has real problems, and the worry is that drugs
and crime will spread as they have in Richmond and elsewhere.
Virginia Quality Life was developed to help ameliorate
these problems and improve the quality of life for all residents on
the Lower Northern Neck. VQL is a joint cooperative
effort whereby the Rappahannock General Hospital, the River Counties
chapter of the American Red Cross, the Northern
Neck YMCA and the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic
could obtain the new facilities they needed without expensive
duplication and enjoy the benefits of an indoor swimming pool.
In August of 1998 General Colin Powell visited the campus site in Kilmarnock
to inspire and kick of the project. He labeled the ambitious project
as “A field of Dreams.” At that time VQL
presented nothing but a field, a parking lot and dreams. The goal was
to raise $5.2 million dollars to build the project. Over the next 11
years VQL raised approximately $12 million dollars
to build a hospital rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic; a state
of the are 8,500 square foot free health clinic with 5 dental stations;
a 36,000 square foot YMCA building with exercise rooms, racquet ball
courts, basketball courts, computer room, recreation room, weight and
exercise room, steam rooms and saunas, and finally, women, men and family
separate locker rooms; plus significant office space for the Red Cross.
An additional bonus was in 2007 the completing the rehabilitation of
a former fitness center into a state of the art Wiley Child Development
leases land for the Free Health Clinic, YMCA and rehab and sports medicine
facilities, yet it owns the land that houses the child development center.
Under separate entrances the building includes a full sized four land
The building and fund raising projects were essentially completed in
2007, however VQL must manage the leases to for the
Free Health Clinic and YMCA buildings. In addition, it must maintain
the Child development center, swimming pool and grounds.