Learn About CARITAS
The more you learn about homelessness and CARITAS, the more equipped you will be to help us end this emergency facing so many of our neighbors and citizens.
Knowledge leads to understanding. Understanding leads to empathy. Empathy leads to solutions.
We give tours and information sessions every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at 1125 Commerce Road, Richmond, VA 23224. To find out more contact Sharon Drennan, the Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org. BE IN THE KNOW! Come meet the staff, see the vision, catch the passion, understand the need and identify how YOU can make a difference!
Learn how to become a part of keeping the immediate crisis of homelessness from becoming the definitive story of a life.
Together we can end homelessness--one life at a time.
10 Things You May Not Know About CARITAS
1. CARITAS is the only shelter in Central Virginia that accepts families with fathers.
2. Every willing guest of CARITAS is assigned a case worker who individually works through the legal, mental, medical, or financial obstacles standing between that guest and self-sufficiency.
3. CARITAS is the only shelter in Central Virginia that accepts families with adolescent males.
4. 65% of individuals completing the intensive recovery program at The Healing Place will remain sober at least 1 year after completion of the program.
5. All children are enrolled in school within 24 hours of entering the CARITAS Shelter.
6. 78% of clients completing the 5 week CARITAS Works program will find employment within 3 months.
7. All guests of CARITAS in case management are required to save 75% of their income earned into an escrow account, which they will use to secure permanent housing.
8. The CARITAS Furniture Bank is used by over 90 charitable organizations to provide furnishings for refugees, victims of natural disasters or violence, veterans, and those finally able to secure permanent housing.
9. The Healing Place shelters each guest for less than $20 a night. The CARITAS Shelter costs only $26 a night. A night of jail costs $46. A night of prison $85.
10. Last year, 184 congregations and 18,560 volunteers gave over 100,000 hours of their time to provide 38,631 nights of shelter to over 1,000 guests through the CARITAS Shelter. The Healing Place provided 72,518 nights of shelter, an average of 198 per night.