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.
Most of us are one crisis away from needing help.
Never has that hit home harder than now, when people all over the world are facing the same catastrophe. Georgetown citizens have stepped up to help one another, from sewing masks for depleted hospitals to delivering meals to the hungry, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has lived here long enough to know our community’s generous heart.
This crisis is hard. It’s worldwide. It’s impacting how we socialize. It’s shifting our priorities. It’s changing how we value healthcare. It’s weakening our economy. It’s modifying how we teach. It’s altering how we see our fellow humans. The list goes on and on. It’s no small thing. The COVID-19 pandemic is one for the history books. The children of today will grow up telling stories about it.
Have you ever thought of what would happen to you if you could not afford healthcare? What if you had a health problem that greatly affected your life, so much so that you could no longer work? Where do you turn? How do you take care of yourself when times are already hard? What sacrifices do you make? Antonio and Cynthia were in this situation.
Remember the age old adage when traveling with children and in their eagerness to reach the destination they repeat every few minutes, “Are we there yet?” This is the same kind of curiosity we have in our Programs & Services department at The Caring Place. We consider programming to be a journey, and it is our job to understand the needs of our community on that journey. Are we making an impact on those needs and, “Are we ‘there’ yet?”
Donald Thomas was our guest speaker at our October fundraiser. He shared his story of living on $791 a month and how The Caring Place brought him to a better place through hard times. This is his speech:
Tommy said, “I remember thinking, we have to fix the car and keep a job or pay the light bill. We chose to fix the car to keep the job, and we got further behind on the light bill.”