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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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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From Rx to Addict

At age 23, Steve fell 30 feet onto a concrete slab while working on a construction site. He broke both of his elbows and he describes his foot as merely hanging on by skin after the fall. He endured nine surgeries to put himself back together after the accident. The weeks following his accident, he […]

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Growing with CARITAS: Michael at the Furniture Bank

Michael is our energetic and creative procurement manager at the Furniture Bank. He manages the pick-up and donation services that keep the Furniture Bank full of furniture and other household items. These items find renewed life in the homes of families and individuals referred to CARITAS by more than 80 local human service agencies and […]

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From the “Ground Up”

John first joined the CARITAS family in 2010 when he entered The Healing Place (THP) addiction recovery program.  Before coming to THP, John had struggled with alcoholism starting as early as his teenage years. His addiction created many roadblocks and frustrating false starts throughout his young adult life. He had participated in other treatment programs […]

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From a Mother’s Perspective

“Jordan is a brilliant 21 year old, who is one of the hardest working and most caring people a person could meet,” says mother Laurie. Like many moms, Laurie has dedicated as much of her time, heart and faith as she possibly could to raising her child.  When you talk to her, you can feel […]

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The Heart of a Volunteer

Deb Gray More than 15,000 volunteers from 160 congregations around Richmond provide shelter to men, women, and children who are in trouble. These volunteers do much more than provide a place to sleep. They are a bridge for people on their journey back to self sufficiency. River Road Church Baptist has been providing shelter to […]

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CARITAS Client Pursues his Master’s Degree

Montel is an only child raised solely by his mother who relied on child support to remain stable. When Montel turned 18, his mother lost this financial support she relied on so heavily.  Shortly after his birthday, Montel became homeless. Montel and his mother found their way to the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Homeless Point of […]