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Crystal’s AmeriCorps Story

“I love coming here every day,” said Crystal Lester. “It always feels like family.” Crystal is an AmeriCorps Service Member at The Healing Place. As a case manager, she helps men in the Overnight Shelter quickly connect to resources including housing, jobs, and more. She recently earned her Associate’s Degree with the help of her AmeriCorps service educational […]

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CARITAS Volunteer of the Year: Tim Regan

Starting a Volunteer Journey at CARITAS CARITAS is able to change lives and improve our community in large part thanks to the efforts of volunteers. Each year, more than 18,000 volunteers help CARITAS stretch the dollars of its donations and extend the reach of the hands of our staff members. CARITAS recently celebrated the holidays with […]

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A Family Affair: From Addiction to Med School

Deciding to Stay Ethan remembers the day his mother dropped him off at The Healing Place in 2009. He had left his wife and five children behind to seek help. When he arrived, he was surprised to learn that it was a recovery program for homeless men. He thought that it wasn’t the right place for […]

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A New Beginning at CARITAS AfterWorks

“I’ve only ever saved money in a shoebox before,” said Moe, a CARITAS Works graduate and CARITAS AfterWorks participant. Before he found his way to CARITAS, Moe had been using and selling drugs for years. “I would be dead or locked up by now if it weren’t for these programs,” Moe said. Toward the end of […]

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Local Congregation Creates New Way to Turn a House Into a Home

For the past several months, a local church has taken a very creative approach to collecting furniture and household items for the CARITAS Furniture Bank. Cool Spring Baptist Church has long hosted shelter for CARITAS and participated in furniture builds. In fact, the group recently hosted a table build. CARITAS serves nearly 30 families a […]

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CARITAS and Partners Honored by Local Philanthropy Organization

The life changing work at CARITAS is possible because of individuals, companies and organizations who donate their time, talents and resources to support our mission.  We are incredibly grateful and proud to call so many of you our partners. On November 17, Ledbury and the The Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Fund at VNHC will both […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Gravino

“Called to Serve” Sue Gravino is much more than a weekly volunteer at the CARITAS Furniture Bank.   Sue has a master’s degree in speech pathology. She has dedicated her life to helping others in various capacities. Sue has taught many different age groups and subjects and has a passion for both global and local […]

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David’s Story: From Self Loathing to Self Start-Up

David likes to work with his hands. He always has. When he was in high school, he dreamed of going to art school. His parents set a good example by working hard and long hours to support his family. But, David’s parents worked so hard that they often weren’t home at night. David was able […]

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CARITAS is One of the Best Places to Work in Richmond

CARITAS was honored as one of the top 35 small businesses to work for in Richmond at the 2016 Sterling Workplace Awards. We are so proud to make a difference while living out our passion! The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Workplace Dynamics, and Richmond SHRM recognized CARITAS and other local organizations and businesses on May 5 as […]

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A Leader Among Us: Karen O’Brien Receives Leadership Award

Congratulations to Karen O’Brien, CARITAS’s Chief Operation Officer! She received the Stettinius Nonprofit Leadership Award from The Community Foundation. Karen was recognized as an outstanding professional who provides effective organizational leadership. We’re so proud of her, fortunate to have her guide our ship, and are looking forward to her year of growth during which time […]