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.”
“It’s not just street people.” That’s how Tim Eagan began his interview with me. He wanted to be clear that The Caring Place is for everyone and is helping more people than you think. Tim wanted to dispel some myths as well. The way Tim excitedly described The Caring Place, he brought to light that everyone in our community...
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The Caring Place recently was awarded a $24,000 grant by Seeds of Strength to further develop our Senior Independence Program. Our Program Manager, Kathleen Hopkins, shared a little about the program on the organization’s grant voting night. One of her program participants shared a personal story as well. Since this program is so new and the stories that come out of it are so impactful, we wanted to share that presentation with everyone. Find below Kathleen’s unabridged presentation to the group.
In the very back corner you may hear a couple ladies talking or laughing or maybe the smell of popcorn and sometimes the smell of jewelry polish. That final smell gives it away. This is the jewelry team.
In the month of February, I had the good fortune to meet with two different groups. They had a lot in common despite first appearances. I’d love to tell you about them.
When Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association heard about our upcoming Amplify Austin campaign, they came to us with a generous donation and requested that it be donated during this special campaign. Why did they choose to donate during Amplify Austin?