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Leaders are often where we look in hard times felt by the masses.  I remember September 11th, 2001 with clarity, like most Americans alive at the time probably do.  Certainly, this is an example of a hard time.  A hurtful event in which we all struggled with the ‘why’ and the ‘how could you’ of the situation.  A nation mourned together and vowed to never forget...

We all know it's true; teachers are some of the most creative and dedicated workers around.  They've followed a career path that gives them a day filled with surprises, challenges, blessings and children, lots and lots of children!  One of our own volunteers here at The Caring Place, Kim Denning-Knapp, is a high school teacher in Round Rock ISD...

Empowerment is a big word and well, it should be. It is the cornerstone of case management or ‘service partnerships,’ as we like to say here at The Caring Place. We partner with our neighbors when their basic needs are not being met over time, impacting their quality of life. The partnership is rich in engaged sharing, learning, testing new resources, planning for future needs, collaborating with local service providers and advocating for oneself and others. Here at The Caring Place we introduced a new service partnership in April for folks sixty five and older. We call it SIP – Senior Independence Program. Pour yourself up a cup of coffee or a cold sweet lemonade and take a listen to a story about how one neighbor was empowered through a service partnership...

I grew up in the 80s and 90s; a time of Espirit outlet shopping, Girbaud Jeans, Dooney & Bourke purses and Guess or Gap anything. I am sure a lot of you can relate to the middle school fashion struggle. To be honest I have no idea if the loyalty to a ‘brand of the moment’ is still the same as it was back then...

People come to our stores for so many reasons. We love all the reasons and all the customers. But, there is one customer we have that really gets us. Find out about why this customer is so surprising and what they do that is out of the norm.

Recently, The Caring Place hosted an intern from Southwestern University right here in Georgetown. Senior, Abby Wilson received credit for her internship here, but she shared with me some information that might make other young adults perk their ears up to the idea of volunteering...

Do you love looking at facts and figures? When you support a non-profit, it’s often important to review the Annual Report which includes this information. We recently released ours and you may have seen it in the newspaper, in the mail, on our Facebook page, in our newsletter or on our website. Why do we share it?

At The Caring Place, things are always changing and evolving. At just under 500 volunteers and 30 staff, I find myself sometimes wondering how this place works the way it does. This is probably a question people often ponder from the outside looking in, too. So, let me start by talking about the heart of our organization...

It’s probably no surprise that our volunteers often have the best ideas on how to give even more by incorporating giving into their everyday lives and encouraging others to do so...

Geology is not something we ponder much at The Caring Place, but when one special rock arrived on Ginna O'Connor's desk, we had to dive in just a bit.

Food Pantry Volunteer helps clients, experiments with unusual ingredients

You think you know a building after working in it for a year or two. Then you run into someone such as Marie Young, a 16-year volunteer, and you realize that you don’t know the place as well as you thought.

A quick witted man, Mark’s sense of humor belies the fact that less than a year ago, his financial situation found him hungry and nearly homeless.

Calvin spends two days a week at The Caring Place, sorting CDs and DVDs and testing the usability of luggage and electronic toys. His critical thinking, materials management and problem solving abilities, gained from his work as an engineer, make him a perfect fit. However, if you ask Calvin, it’s the opportunity to be around and learn from others that bring him the greatest joy.

If the live music and Circuit of The Americas don’t bring a person to Austin, the mild weather and nearby tourist stops will. That’s what brought Midwesterner Cindy Triggs and her husband of 39 years, to the Austin area, and eventually to Georgetown in 2014.

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