Since 1985, The Caring Place has provided basic human services for families in financial crisis in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. Through two thrift shops, The Shops at The Caring Place and Second Helping, both in Georgetown, the organization is able to pay for the operating expenses to serve a growing community in need. All monetary and food donations benefit neighbors needing food, utility, rent, transportation or medical assistance. The Caring Place is a community-based, community-supported organization, working to improve the quality of life for every client.
With your help in 2017…
- The Caring Place provided over 1,080,388 pounds of food to area families through our food programs. Utilizing the conversion formula provided by the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin of 1.2 pounds of food equaling one meal, The Caring Place provided 900,323 meals to area families in 2017.
- The Food Pantry alone provided 871,045 pounds of food through 24,887 visits to our pantry. Each 10 day supply of food given is valued at $59.50 per person.
- $468,614 was spent by The Caring Place to pay rent or mortgage payments for 2,398 individuals to avoid foreclosure or eviction.
- $192,071 was paid by The Caring Place for utility bills for 2,616 people so that their service was not disconnected.
- $198,900 in vouchers were provided to 5,015 individuals needing clothing or household items, which they redeemed in our thrift store, The Shops at The Caring Place.
- 261 people received resources for medical assistance valued at $18,251.
- Fresh Food For Families provided 128,336 pounds of fresh produce impacting 10,600 people.
- 1,295 children received new coats through our Coats for Kids program, valued at $25,900.
- 2285 seniors, age 55 and over, received supplemental groceries once a month through HOPE (Healthy Options Program for the Elderly) which provides a supplemental food order to help them meet nutritional requirements. 19,647 pounds of food was given out through HOPE.
- 61,360 pounds of bread and other baked goods were provided through Our Daily Bread because of the dedication of our volunteer drivers and through the generosity of the Georgetown HEB and Walmart Stores.
- Our Holiday Meal Assistance Program aided 2,157 people by providing families with gift cards to purchase their holiday meal at H-E-B, valued at $10,000.
- Facilitated emergency transportation for 725 neighbors valued at $20,715.
Williamson County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and that growth is reflected in the increased number of clients we serve. In 2017 we served 971 new families and served 2,446 new individuals compared to 2016.