Announcements

IMPORTANT UPDATE – Help for Hurricane Survivors 9/1/17

If you know of someone who has been affected by Hurricane or Tropical Storm Harvey and needs assistance with food, clothing or transportation to a shelter, please refer them to The Caring Place. We are here to help.We are able to provide immediate assistance because of the donations we receive from the community throughout the year.

We have received inquiries about whether we can accept donations specifically for Hurricane Harvey victims. While we are grateful to accept general donations as usual, The Caring Place is not equipped to receive, process, distribute or warehouse these special donations.
For those in Williamson County who would like information about how to help or where to make specific donations related to the disaster, please refer to the organizations listed in the Statesman article here. Additionally, the American Red CrossSalvation Army and United Way continue to accept financial donations related to the disaster. Also, the Central Texas Food Bank is in need of volunteers.

Below is a list of local shelters and other resources that may be helpful. Please note that this is a partial list and the availability of resources may change from day to day.
Office of the Texas Governor

Click here for: GENERAL MAP OF SHELTERS

Accepting Donations (Not a complete list):
American Red Cross
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN): relief fund for physical needs
United Way of Greater Houston
United Way Williamson County

Find other resources at:
Wilco.org
Williamson County Resources Page
Austin 311; from Georgetown, dial 512-974-2000

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IMPORTANT UPDATE – Help for hurricane victims 8/30/17

Our hearts continue to go out to the many victims, families and friends of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Thanks to the generous donations from our community all year long, The Caring Place is able to provide immediate assistance to evacuees with food, clothing and transportation to shelters in Austin that are specifically designed to assist them.

If you know of someone who has been affected by the hurricane and needs assistance with food, clothing or transportation to a shelter, please refer them to The Caring Place.

We have received inquiries about whether we can accept donations specifically for Hurricane Harvey victims. While we are grateful to accept general donations as usual, The Caring Place is not equipped to receive, process, distribute or warehouse these special donations.

For those who would like to make a financial or material donation specifically for hurricane victims, please contact the state and national agencies that specialize in disaster relief such as American Red Cross or Salvation Army. These organizations are in the best position to receive and administer disaster-related donations.

The Caring Place seeks to help in any way that we can. We will continue to provide assistance to evacuees with basic needs and transportation. We will also continue to monitor the availability of other local resources outside of The Caring Place for referring evacuees.

Below is a list of local shelters and other resources that may be helpful. Please note that this is a partial list and the availability of resources may change from day to day.

Click here for Map of shelters

AUSTIN SHELTERS
Delco Center
4602 Pecan Brook Dr., Austin

Lanier High School (on standby)
1201 Payton Gin Rd., Austin

Other shelters listed at KVUE.COM and KXAN.COM

Accepting Donations (Not a complete list):
American Red Cross
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN): relief fund for physical needs
United Way of Greater Houston
United Way Williamson County

Find other resources at:
Wilco.org
Williamson County Resources Page
Austin 311; from Georgetown, dial 512-974-2000

 

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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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The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Ave.
Georgetown, Texas
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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September 26, 2016

The Caring Place
2000 Railroad Ave.
Georgetown, Texas
CONTACT:
Ginna O’Connor, Executive Director
512-943-0700
 
 
 
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2016

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 27, 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 Wins Charity Navigator Award!

 

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