We'd love to share some information with you that we hope will give you an inside look at what is happening at The Caring Place...We know these changes have caused some inconveniences to those wishing to donate items, but in order to best carry out our mission with the people power and resources we have had this year, they have been the right choices for us.
People are the heart of The Caring Place. Volunteers are a huge part of that. Prior to the pandemic, on any given day, you could find volunteers sorting and pricing items for our stores, providing superior customer service, merchandising store displays like pros, serving neighbors with food, coordinating information to assist those in need and so much more.
My basic needs were met. Having those needs met makes life fairly stable and easier to weather even with a few hiccups. It made it easy to get excited about a rock on a hike. But what if I lost my job? What if a family member got sick and I couldn’t pay for expenses? What if I was evicted or couldn’t put food on the table for my family? What if I sunk into depression due to a loss? My patience made me an easy person to live and work with during this past year, but would I still have that easy going nature and sense of calm if my world was crumbling around me? Would I still see a heart-shaped rock on a hike and discover a spark of joy or hope?
Recently, we interviewed Board Member Dayne and his wife Pam Carlson about why they give. They’ve always been generous, but during Amplify they participated in our Board Match. Dayne shared with us that he grew up in the Methodist church and he remembered something John Wesley said about giving, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” Dayne said that quote stuck with him through his life and is one of the many reasons he and Pam give today.
...As I continued walking, I realized I couldn’t see the sidewalk. I was weaving over the area where I thought it might be. There was no beginning or end in sight. By day 8 of this wintry mess, that was how I was feeling about our Texas winter weather. Will it have an end? ...Having temporarily gone without electricity and water over the last week has made me realize how important and basic those things truly are.
Time really does fly and it has for Darla Townsend, but she never has forgotten the help she got from The Caring Place over 20 years ago. Last year she gave us a monetary gift and a wonderful thank you.
I think we can all agree, 2020 has been an imperfect year...
A letter from our Community Outreach Manager along with a thank you video for our many supporters! We thank you!
This is my second year as president of the Board of Directors of The Caring Place. The only thing worse than having a pandemic during your second year as president is having a pandemic during your first year as president. Nobody wants to be at the helm of a previously-
perfectly-healthy, 35-year-old ship that is headed into a squall of epic proportions.
A cheerful and boisterous “Hello!” or “Good Morning!” and the flashing of a smile is how we often see Belinda. She regularly drives through our almost “contactless” Food Pantry to gather food and other supplies for her family of 6. She says, “you make your day what you want it to be” and one way she does that is by maintaining a positive attitude. She adds, “You can make another person’s day if you just show them a little, ‘I care’.” That’s what she tries to do for our team in the drive-through. And she does! You can’t help but smile when you receive a greeting from Belinda.
Reminiscing about The Caring Place summer in exactly 1000 words...
What is “Shopping for Good?” This is the act of shopping in support of a cause. In our case, when you shop in these ways, you are supporting The Caring Place mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. Revenue generated from these various forms of shopping help The Caring Place support its neighbors in need with food, rent, utilities and other critical bills. When our neighbors are in crisis, The Caring Place is a lifeline.
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!
There’s probably no greater recent example of this than a forklift gift we just received. Therese and Carlos Verdonk-Vertruyen have always been ready donors. We could rely on this couple to make a donation at our annual fundraising event, Deep in the Heart of Caring. When the pandemic-induced closures occurred, they gave again, knowing how The Caring Place impacts those in need. Then, in late July, The Caring Place reported incredibly disappointing news. Our fence and a piece of equipment we heavily rely on was damaged in what appeared to be an attempted theft.