The REAL Program and CARITAS Works Forge new Partnership

“I want to be a prep cook,” James Bullock said, a graduate of CARITAS Works Class 53. “I expect to be working soon —it’ll be my first job in many years.” His favorite things to make include lasagna and spaghetti. Until now, James hadn’t considered pursuing a career as a cook. For 40 years of […]

Helping Fathers Reconnect with their Children

Stephen Vicoli is a father of a 16-year son and an 18-year old daughter. He lights up when you ask about them. Stephen is also in recovery. Like many fathers who struggle with substance use disorder, his relationship with his children suffered.    His substance use led to a court order that prevented him from […]

Youth Groups Help CARITAS Build Tables and Beds for Families

Sounds of power tools and laughter rang throughout the Furniture Bank on a Wednesday afternoon. Middle school volunteers from Christ Church Youth Group came with smiles and lots of energy to build kitchen tables for fellow community members. “CARITAS is probably the most mentioned, most satisfying service that we’ve done at Christ Church Episcopal,” said […]

Furniture Bank Volunteers Turn Houses into Homes

“It’s very hard to stop volunteering when you see the need,” Ginger Bomar said. She is a two-year volunteer shopper veteran. “Most of the people are so grateful for that service, that’s very affirming when you see their personal reaction.” About 30 people shop at the Furniture Bank on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings each […]

CARITAS Works Sends Students to Quick Start Construction Training

 Joseph Carter started selling drugs at 14 years old. His father struggled with alcoholism, and his mother had a substance use disorder. Unable to break the cycle of addiction, Joseph fell into a life of selling and using drugs for more than two decades. Last year, Joseph found The Healing Place, which led him to […]

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CARITAS named “Top Workplace” in Richmond: Find Out Why

Last year, CARITAS reached more than 5,000 people in our community with shelter, case management, job training, recovery services, and furniture. Each year that number grows. Our talented, driven, and expert staff are always working behind the scenes to make that possible. Earlier this spring, CARITAS was honored as the one of the best small businesses to work for […]

Saving Time and Money With CARITAS Solutions

On a sunny spring morning on the southside of Richmond, a CARITAS truck sits outside of a beautiful home. You can hear rustling inside and see a stack of boxes laying on the driveway. Soon, two men come outside carrying a large couch. They are part of the CARITAS Solutions team on site to help Kay […]

The CARITAS Shelter: More Than Just A Place to Sleep

The CARITAS Shelter served more than 1,000 clients last year. We are able to serve so many of our most vulnerable neighbors with the help of 150 congregations throughout the Richmond community. These volunteers provide a safe place to sleep, food, laundry services, showers, and hospitality. Helping families sleep safe and sound is important. Our mission at CARITAS, […]

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 […]

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 […]