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March 7, 2017

CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

THE CARING PLACE ANNOUNCES NEW RETAIL STORE

Georgetown, TX, March 7, 2017. The Caring Place is excited to announce plans to open an additional retail store on Williams Drive in northwest Georgetown.

The Caring Place thrift store revenues cover 100% of the organization’s operating expenses so that all financial donations to The Caring Place go directly to services supporting people in financial crisis in Georgetown and rural Williamson County. The new thrift store in northwest Georgetown is scheduled to open at the end of spring or beginning of summer and will fulfill the organization’s need for additional retail space. Purchases at the new and the existing thrift store, The Shops at The Caring Place on Railroad Ave., help The Caring Place assist families in financial crisis.

“Our area is growing so fast and The Caring Place is experiencing a marked increase in the demand for basic human services,” said Barry Haag, President of the Board. “Sales at the new retail location will help The Caring Place continue to realize its mission, assisting more families in financial crisis in our community.”

“The new thrift store will carry antiques, collectibles and other really cool stuff,” said Ann Lind, Retail Operations Director and 10-year staff member at The Caring Place. “I am so excited about our new retail store. This new location will help us generate more revenue so that we can help more people who count on us for services. It will also give The Caring Place a special place to showcase the beautiful vintage items donated by our generous community. I think our customers are going to love shopping at the new store, knowing that the proceeds of their purchases go directly to helping people in the community.”

The Caring Place will continue to receive donations of these items at its Railroad Ave. location only. Item donations will not be accepted at the new northwest Georgetown store. Additional information about the store’s location and hours will be announced soon.

The Caring Place will continue operating its thrift store, The Shops at The Caring Place, at 2000 Railroad Ave. in addition to the new location. The organization is in need of volunteers and is accepting applications. For additional information about volunteering at The Caring Place, please contact Rita Turner at 512-943-0702.

The Caring Place is a non-profit social service agency, serving families in financial crisis in Georgetown and rural Williamson County. Services include assistance with rent and utility bills, food, clothing, transportation, basic household items, certain medical costs and prescriptions, educational programs and minor home repairs.

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CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

THE CARING PLACE PLANS FOR CONTINUED GROWTH

Georgetown, TX, January 24, 2017. The Caring Place, a local nonprofit organization providing assistance with basic human needs to families in crisis, recently conducted an analysis of its past and projected growth in services to clients and its thrift store, The Shops at the Caring Place. As a result, The Caring Place intends to maximize space for its services at its existing facilities on Railroad Avenue, and seek opportunities to open an additional retail space west of I35.

“The demand for the types of services we provide at The Caring Place is growing as our community grows,” states Barry Haag, The Caring Place Board President. “Our current configuration constrains our ability to respond to the growing demand for our services. We believe that there are several things we can do to redesign the existing space at our Railroad Avenue locations so that we can serve our clients and customers better.”

One of the steps that The Caring Place intends to take in 2017 is moving its Client Services Department from its main location on 2000 Railroad Avenue, across the street to its Annex building at 2001 Railroad Avenue which will provide more space to deliver services to people in crisis. In addition, The Caring Place believes this move will allow for further on-site expansion of its food pantry and retail operations.

Since 2013, The Caring Place has experienced a significant and steady increase in demand for the services it provides, and has noted a substantial increase since June 2016. In December 2016, The Caring Place served 2,125 people through its food pantry program – the highest number ever served in one month.

In addition to the population growth in Williamson County, The Caring Place believes that the growth is due, in part, to a 6-month Pilot Outreach Project it conducted from June to November, 2016. The pilot program provided on sight assistance to people in its more rural service areas including Florence, Granger, Jarrell and Bartlett, who have barriers to transportation. The pilot program resulted in greater community awareness of services offered by The Caring Place.

“We had a successful pilot program, and with the help of committed partners in each community, we were able to meet the basic needs of those who came to us for services,” said Erin Becnel, Client Services Director.

“In order to keep pace with the growth we’re experiencing while being the best possible stewards of our existing resources, we are going to focus our efforts on the services we offer in Georgetown,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director. “We will continue to work with our partners in each community to identify clients who may need assistance with transportation to our Georgetown location, and revisit our capacity to provide outreach services in outlying communities later this year.”

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas

December 11, 2016

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director

512-943-0700

 

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THE CARING PLACE RECEIVES HIGHEST RATING FROM

CHARITY NAVIGATOR

 

Georgetown, Texas, December 11, 2016        The Caring Place receives the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, for the third year in a row.

The award is given to nonprofit organizations that exceed industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work. Only 15% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Caring Place apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” says Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, in his letter to the organization.

Profiled by Forbes, Business Week and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, Charity Navigator focuses upon accentuating the work of efficient and transparent nonprofit organizations.

“We are honored to receive this award from Charity Navigator,” says Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place. “Our Board of Directors, volunteers, staff, supporters and generous community all deserve recognition for this award. Without them, we would not be able to serve so many in financial crisis,” she said. “We work very hard to serve our community in an efficient, compassionate and sustainable way. It is rewarding to receive recognition for our efforts.”

The Caring Place, a 501C3 organization, provides assistance to qualifying individuals and families in financial crisis in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. Their programs include food and clothing, household items, utility bill payment and rent assistance.

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2000 Railroad Ave.
Georgetown, Texas
CONTACT:
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 September 26, 2016
 
The Caring Place and Its Partner Agencies Hold Open House for the Community

 

The Caring Place in Georgetown, Texas and its partner agencies, invite the community to learn about services available in The Caring Place Annex, 2001 Railroad Ave., on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Free to the public, attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from several partner agencies that specialize in meeting human needs.
Recognizing the opportunity to help families beyond their basic human needs, in 2013 The Caring Place expanded to an Annex building across the street from its main location and added services available to all clients through its partner organizations. “This is a great opportunity for us to offer services not provided by The Caring Place,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director.
Nonprofit partners of The Caring Place and the services they provide, include:
  • Samaritan Center, offering individual and family counseling, play therapy, integrative medicine, and military informed care for veterans and their families.
  • STARRY, another mental health provider, offers individual and family counseling.
  • United Way of Williamson County, through its VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, offers IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax return preparation for free, as well as monthly Budgeting and Debt Management workshops.
  • Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties provides utility assistance, classes and budget counseling. 
  • Goodwill Industries offers job readiness and placement assistance.
  • Central Texas Food Bank provides application assistance for SNAP and food stamps.
  • Lone Star Circle of Care provides help with applying for Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP, Medicare savings, the Marketplace, and sliding scale services.
  • Williamson County and Cities Health District provides assistance with applying for SNAP, TANF and medical aid.
  • The Georgetown Project provides parenting education and English as a second language classes.
  • Habitat for Humanity provides information about their home building program.
For further information about the open house or partner services, please contact Kerstin Cochran, Resource Coordinator at The Caring Place, 512-943-0700.

 

 

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August 15, 2016

 

The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, TX 78626

 

CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

 

 

THE CARING PLACE ESTABLISHES OUTREACH OFFICE IN BARTLETT, TEXAS

 

Georgetown, TX, August 15, 2016. The Caring Place, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Bartlett, has established an outreach office in Bartlett, Texas where it will provide services to people in financial crisis on the first Thursday of each month beginning September 1, 2016. This new Bartlett office, located at First United Methodist Church, 645 W. Clark St., in Bartlett, is part of an outreach effort by The Caring Place to offer services in the more rural areas of Williamson County for people who have limited access to resources. The pilot program which began in June, 2016, initially established outreach offices in Florence, Granger, Jarrell and now Bartlett, on a 6-month pilot basis.

“We know that transportation can be a critical barrier to peoples’ ability to receive the help they need,” states Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place.

The Caring Place works with partners in these rural communities, including the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Jarrell United Methodist Church, Granger Fire Department and First United Methodist Church of Bartlett, which serve as host sites where The Caring Place offers assistance on a limited schedule. Services include help with rent and utility bills, transportation, prescriptions, certain medical, dental and optical procedures, assistive medical devices, food, clothing, household items, minor home repairs to accommodate persons with disabilities; and, referrals and education.

All services of The Caring Place will be available at the outreach locations, however those who need food, clothing or household goods will need to visit The Caring Place in Georgetown to access those services. If warranted, The Caring Place will provide a gas voucher or CARTS pass so that transportation is not a barrier to receiving those services not provided at the outreach locations.

At the end of the 6-month pilot period in November 2016, The Caring Place will evaluate the outreach initiative, and determine next steps in each community.

“We are very excited about the pilot project and look forward to serving even more people who need assistance,” Ms. O’Connor stated. For more information, contact The Caring Place at 512-943-0700.

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July 21, 2016

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CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700 goconnor@caringplacetx.org

 

THE CARING PLACE RECEIVES PLATINUM DESIGNATION BY CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK

 

 

Georgetown, TX – Voted “The Best Place to Volunteer and Give” in Georgetown for the past five years, The Caring Place has received Platinum level designation from Central Texas Food Bank. This designation means a 33% reduction to the handling fee charged by CTFB to The Caring Place for the food it orders to feed hungry families. Only 5 agencies out of the 248 that partner with the Food Bank reached this level.

 

“This cost reduction helps us purchase more food for less money so that we are able to serve more people in need,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place. “Our Pantry and Client Services teams have done an outstanding job of helping us reach this level of efficiency and accessibility while also connecting clients to other resources.” The Caring Place has also expedited the process for obtaining food, clothing and other basic necessities, ensuring that people in need receive these items as quickly as possible.

 

The Platinum level designation is based upon ratings on pounds received through CTFB, nutritional content of food ordered, access and availability, and providing clients with additional social services including SNAP, health and economic opportunity.

 

Last year, The Caring Place provided over 601,000 pounds of food from its Food Pantry to over 17,000 individuals. It also provided 202,121 pounds of fresh produce impacting 19,588 individuals. In addition to the food it purchases from CTFB, The Caring Place receives donations from Walmart, HEB and the community.

 

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OUTREACH OFFICES OPENED IN RURAL AREAS

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April 28, 2016

The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, TX 78626

 

CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

 

 

THE CARING PLACE ESTABLISHES OUTREACH OFFICES IN RURAL AREAS

 

Georgetown, TX, April 28, 2016. For the first time in its 31 years of service to the community, The Caring Place will establish outreach offices in Florence, Granger and Jarrell on a 6-month pilot basis. The purpose of this initiative—scheduled to begin in June 2016—is to provide services to people in the more rural communities of Williamson County who are experiencing financial crisis and have limited access to resources.

 

“We know that transportation can be a critical barrier to peoples’ ability to receive the help they need,” states Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place. “We feel that it’s the right time to venture out from our location in Georgetown to assist people in crisis in the outlying areas that we serve.”

 

The Caring Place will work with partners in these rural communities, including the Granger Community Food Pantry, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and Jarrell United Methodist Church which will serve as host sites where The Caring Place can offer assistance on a limited schedule. Services will include help with rent and utility bills, transportation, prescriptions, certain medical, dental and optical procedures, assistive medical devices, food, clothing, household items, minor home repairs to accommodate persons with disabilities; and, referrals and education.

 

All services of The Caring Place will be available at the outreach locations, however those who need food, clothing or household goods will need to visit The Caring Place in Georgetown to access those services. If warranted, The Caring Place will provide a gas voucher or CARTS pass so that transportation is not a barrier to receiving those services not provided at the outreach locations.

 

“The Outreach Pilot Program will be a big blessing to the residents of Granger,” states Judy Gotcher, Chairperson of the Granger Community Food Pantry. “Granger has a large population of elderly who barely make it month to month. When something major happens, whether medical, physical, or material, the cost is overwhelming to them. They pray that help will come. Our poverty level in Granger is high. Just to know help is there will be a welcome relief.”

 

At the end of the 6-month pilot period in November 2016, The Caring Place will evaluate the outreach initiative, and determine next steps in each community.

 

“We are very excited about the new pilot project in Florence, Granger and Jarrell and look forward to serving more people who need assistance,” Ms. O’Connor stated.

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The Caring Place Responds to Needs in Growing Community

The Caring Place featured on KEYE TV 5-25-16

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April 28, 2016

 

CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

THE CARING PLACE OPENS OUTREACH OFFICES IN RURAL AREAS

Georgetown, TX, April 28, 2016. For the first time in its 31 years of service to the community, The Caring Place will establish outreach offices in Florence, Granger and Jarrell on a 6-month pilot basis. The purpose of this initiative—scheduled to begin in June 2016—is to provide services to people in the more rural communities of Williamson County who are experiencing financial crisis and have limited access to resources.

 

“We know that transportation can be a critical barrier to peoples’ ability to receive the help they need,” states Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director of The Caring Place. “We feel that it’s the right time to venture out from our location in Georgetown to assist people in crisis in the outlying areas that we serve.”

 

The Caring Place will work with partners in these rural communities, including the Granger Community Food Pantry, the Florence Chamber of Commerce and Jarrell United Methodist Church which will serve as host sites where The Caring Place can offer assistance on a limited schedule. Services will include help with rent and utility bills, transportation, prescriptions, certain medical, dental and optical procedures, assistive medical devices, food, clothing, household items, minor home repairs to accommodate persons with disabilities; and, referrals and education.

 

All services of The Caring Place will be available at the outreach locations, however those who need food, clothing or household goods will need to visit The Caring Place in Georgetown to access those services. If warranted, The Caring Place will provide a gas voucher or CARTS pass so that transportation is not a barrier to receiving those services not provided at the outreach locations.

 

“The Outreach Pilot Program will be a big blessing to the residents of Granger,” states Judy Gotcher, Chairperson of the Granger Community Food Pantry. “Granger has a large population of elderly who barely make it month to month. When something major happens, whether medical, physical, or material, the cost is overwhelming to them. They pray that help will come. Our poverty level in Granger is high. Just to know help is there will be a welcome relief.”

 

At the end of the 6-month pilot period in November 2016, The Caring Place will evaluate the outreach initiative, and determine next steps in each community.

 

“We are very excited about the new pilot project in Florence, Granger and Jarrell and look forward to serving more people who need assistance,” Ms. O’Connor stated.

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas

 

April 27, 2016

 

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director

512-943-0700

THE CARING PLACE ANNOUNCES VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

 

Georgetown, Texas, April, 2016       The Caring Place in Georgetown held a special event for its volunteers on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the City Lights Theater in Georgetown. The crowd of about 250 volunteers and their guests were treated to the new movie release: Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, snacks and an award presentation.

Awards were given in two categories to the following volunteers:

The Doris Krohmer Memorial Service Award

Doris Krohmer was a visionary volunteer leader who demonstrated empathy and compassion. This award recognizes a volunteer who consistently exceeds expectations and embodies the spirit of this dedicated and giving person. Award Winners: Lucile Byerley, Gary DeRemer and Sue Moore.

 

The Caring Heart Award

The Caring Heart Award recognizes demonstrated excellence that exceeded a client’s, customer’s or peer’s expectations. Award Winners: Marilyn Bergren, Cashier Team, Gerry Carolan, Pet and Mike Clark, Bill Dalton, Nell SanGregorio.

 

Last year, 480 volunteers gave a total of 51,794 hours of service to The Caring Place. “We are so blessed to have such an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director. “Congratulations to all the winners.”

 

Voted as the Best Place to Volunteer and Give in Georgetown for the fifth year in a row, The Caring Place, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving its clients and communities by responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and rural Williamson County.

 

 

 

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April 26, 2016

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CONTACT: Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

 

24th ANNUAL LETTER CARRIERS STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE BENEFITS THE CARING PLACE FOOD PANTRY

 

 

Georgetown, TX – The Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Non-perishable food donations from the community benefit The Caring Place Food Pantry.

 

The Postal Service will place bags in mailboxes in most communities, however, any type of bag is accepted. Residents can participate by placing their non-perishable food donations next to their mailboxes well before the normal mail pick-up time on May 14th. Volunteers from The Caring Place pick up the donations from the post office.

 

Last year, The Caring Place received nearly 15,000 pounds of food from the Drive. “We look forward every year to the Letter Carriers Food Drive and are so grateful for the donations that help stock our Food Pantry for families in financial crisis,” said David Earl, Facilities and Donations Director for The Caring Place.

 

“In 2015, we distributed 601,685 pounds of food to 17,191 individuals through our Food Pantry,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director for The Caring Place. “We really appreciate the food our community donates during The Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.”

 

The Caring Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving its clients and communities by responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and rural Williamson County.

 

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas 78626

 

February 1, 2016

 

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director

512-943-0700

THE CARING PLACE RAISES FUNDS FOR COATS FOR KIDS

AT ITS 26TH ANNUAL SOUP SUPPER

 

Georgetown, Texas,        The Caring Place is holding its 26th Annual Soup Supper on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow Street to benefit Coats for Kids. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at www.caringplacetx.org or by contacting Rita Turner at 512-943-0702.

 

Since its inception, The Caring Place has relied on the support of the community. “The Caring Place Soup Supper is an opportunity to break bread with our volunteers, donors and all those who support The Caring Place while raising funds to purchase coats for kids,” says Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director. “We look forward to socializing and sharing delicious soup, cornbread and dessert with our neighbors and friends.” Hundreds of people typically attend this annual event.

 

Voted as the “Best Place to Volunteer and Give in Georgetown” for the fifth year in a row, The Caring Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving its clients and communities by responding to the basic human needs of people in Georgetown and rural Williamson County.

 

 

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas 78626

 

October 28, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

goconnor@caringplacetx.org

 

The Caring Place Helps Families In Need With Holiday Assistance Programs

 

Georgetown, Texas The Caring Place wants to ensure that no family goes hungry or child is cold this holiday season. This year, as in the past, The Caring Place, through its Holiday Meal Assistance and Coats for Kids programs (collectively known as Holiday Assistance), is asking for help from the community to meet the needs of a growing population of families in financial crisis.

 

The Caring Place provides a $20 Coats for Kids Walmart card for a coat and an H-E-B Holiday Meal Assistance card for a holiday meal to qualifying families. “We want to help families in need have a joyous holiday by making sure that children are kept warm and that families have a good meal for the holidays,” says Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director. “Through our Holiday Assistance programs, families can make their own selection of the foods and children’s coats that meet their tastes and traditions.”

 

The community can help provide assistance by making monetary donations to The Caring Place. In 2014, The Caring Place provided 1,764 coats for kids. And they aided 3,072 people by providing H-E-B Holiday Meals. They anticipate an even greater need this year as the Georgetown area experiences unprecedented growth.

 

You can give online at www.caringplacetx.org or mail a check to The Caring Place. Please indicate “Coats for Kids or Holiday Meal Assistance” in the comment box online or on the memo line of your check. Or you can contact Rita Turner, Community Engagement Manager at 512-943-0702 or rturner@caringplacetx.org.

 

The Caring Place is a local, faith-based non-profit organization that addresses the basic human needs of people within its service area, and collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life of every client.

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October 28, 2015

 

CONTACT:                                                       

Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

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COATS FOR KIDS: THE CARING PLACE ASKS FOR HELP KEEPING CHILDREN WARM THIS WINTER

 

Georgetown, Texas The Caring Place wants to ensure that no child is cold this winter. Through its Coats for Kids program and the help of the community, The Caring Place provides Coats for Kids Walmart cards to qualifying families with children. “We want to make sure that every child who needs a coat gets one,” says Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director. “Many of the families we serve barely make a living wage. Non-financial assistance, such as purchasing a coat for their children, makes a positive impact on their finances.”

 

The community can help children and families in Georgetown and rural Williamson County by making a monetary donation to The Caring Place. “We really appreciate how the community steps up and helps us with Coats for Kids each year,” says Rita Turner, Community Engagement Manager. “I know with the community’s help, we’ll be able to help even more children than last year.”

 

In 2014, The Caring Place provided 1,764 gift cards to parents to purchase coats for their children. They anticipate an even greater need this year as the Georgetown area is experiencing unprecedented growth.

 

You can give online at www.caringplacetx.org or mail a check to The Caring Place at P.O. Box 1215, Georgetown, TX 78627-1215. Please indicate “Coats for Kids” in the comment box online or on the memo line on your check. Or you can contact Rita Turner, Community Engagement Manager at 512-943-0702 or rturner@caringplacetx.org.

 

The Caring Place is a local, faith-based non-profit organization that addresses the basic human needs of people within its service area, and collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life of every client.

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas 78626

 

October 28, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor

Executive Director

512-943-0700

goconnor@caringplacetx.org

 

HUNGER FREE HOLIDAYS: THE CARING PLACE SETS GOAL TO COLLECT 250,000 POUNDS OF FOOD BY DECEMBER 31, 2015

 

Georgetown, Texas        The Caring Place wants to help make sure that no family in Georgetown and rural Williamson County goes hungry, especially during the Holidays. So it has set a goal to collect 250,000 pounds of food between October 1 and December 31, 2015. Called Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive, The Caring Place is asking individuals, businesses and other organizations to help meet this program goal by donating non-perishable food items or by organizing food drives.

 

“Food drives are one of the best ways people can help us feed the hungry,” says David Earl, Donations and Facilities Director. “And we try to make it easy by delivering and picking up barrels from your location and keeping track of the pounds donated.”

 

The Caring Place provides barrels or you can furnish your own receptacles. For further information, please visit The Caring Place website at www.caringplacetx.org and click the “GIVE” tab. Or you can contact David Earl, Donations Director at 512-943-0710 or dearl@caringplacetx.org.

 

The Caring Place is a local, faith-based non-profit organization that addresses the basic human needs of people within its service area, and collaborates with community partners to improve the quality of life of every client.

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The Caring Place

2000 Railroad Ave.

Georgetown, Texas

 

September 23, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director

512-943-0700

 

The Caring Place Provides Assistance to Victims of Fire at Indian Creek Apartments

 

(September—Georgetown, Texas)     On the morning of September 21, 2015, a fire ripped through Indian Creek Apartments in Georgetown, completely burning Building 3. This left 18 families homeless. In response to this tragic fire, The Caring Place is providing emergency assistance to victims of the fire. “We want to make sure that the people who lost their residences can get immediate assistance,” said Rita Turner, The Caring Place Community Engagement Manager.

 

The Caring Place is assisting families with rent and utilities, as well as emergency food supplies from our Food Pantry, vouchers for clothing and basic household items. “We want to do everything we can to help families displaced by the fire so that their basic needs are taken care of,” said Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director.

 

The Caring Place is working in partnership with the Victim Services Division of Georgetown Police Department and Georgetown Salvation Army, as well as local churches and businesses to provide additional resources. “We are asking churches and businesses to adopt the remaining families to assist them with furniture and other household items.

 

Due to the large number of families affected by the fire, we are hoping that the community will adopt specific families and directly provide the furniture they need to establish a new residence,” said Ms. Turner.

 

To help or get additional information, please contact Rita Turner at 512-943-0702 or rturner@caringplacetx.org.

 

The Caring Place is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance with basic human needs to qualifying individuals and families in financial crisis in Georgetown and rural Williamson County. Programs include food and clothing, household items, utility bill and housing assistance.

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