The Mission of The Caring Place is to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.
One unclear aspect of this mission-based culture implementation was, how would it hold up during a pandemic? That’s not something you normally plan, and we didn’t plan for that. So, how do we live out this Mission during a pandemic?
The Caring Place will scale up Donation days and Store hours as we are able, however there are several things driving those decisions right now. We get asked about it a lot, so we thought we’d share with you the answers to some frequently asked questions which may reveal a little about why we do what we do!
Executive Director, Ginna O’Connor shares, “We are pleased to announce a modest increase in store hours at both The Shops at The Caring Place and Second Helping. We hope these additional hours will allow more customers to find their way to making ‘Shopping for Good’ part of their shopping habits. Hours at our stores will be 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. beginning September 1st. Second Helping remains by appointment only. In addition, we are changing our Food Pantry Drive Through hours to Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Our goal is to increase capacity in other areas of our organization while providing food support on a regular basis to our neighbors in need. For the last several months, we have struggled with doing everything we do with fewer people. With some of our volunteers returning, we are looking forward to scaling up as we’re able, and these changes in hours will allow for some additional flexibility.”
Due to COVID-19, operating hours and services at The Caring Place are modified. Please view our COVID-19 page before arriving at The Caring Place as programs and stores have new hours. This includes Donations.