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As she volunteered as a pricer in the pricing warehouse, she realized The Caring Place could help her make her house a home again. Trena was on a tight budget as her previous relationship had also destroyed her credit, but through the years has replaced items to her taste. Dishes, housewares, decor, and clothing were all purchased at The Caring Place at affordable prices.
In an effort to be more energy efficient throughout our buildings, The Caring Place hoped for automatic doors that provided a better barrier between our indoor and outdoor space. Our old, floppy and cumbersome doors were not cutting it. Therese and Carlos made that dream a reality.
Effective September 6, Donation hours at The Caring Place are Mon-Sat, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. This marks the return of afternoon hours after a temporary adjustment due to extreme heat this summer. All locations of The Caring Place are closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.
Like many of us, I have a work history in retail that no longer fits on my professional resume. Although those jobs no longer fit on my list of experiences, I will never overlook the valuable skills I learned in those jobs.
Now a longtime active volunteer, Isaac was initially made familiar with The Caring Place over 17 years ago through his neighbor, Doris Kromer, who was one of The Caring Place’s founders.
“Spare Change for Change.” That’s what the little boxes that rest on our cash register wrap at the front of the store read. That means if you pay in cash and receive change back, you are welcome to place it in the red box.
Carol’s favorite thing about being a part of The Caring Place is simple: “Of course, I love the people. I like working with books. That pretty much sums it up.”
Community volunteering means a lot to Kim. It is one of the ways she addresses Social Justice in her community. If you glance at Kim’s arm you’ll see a stack of books tattooed there. The books are titled Science, Art, Literature, History, and Poetry. These are areas of knowledge that Kim is most interested in which fuel her mind and soul, but the book on the bottom of the stack acting as the foundation is titled, Social Justice. She shared that the idea of community and being connected to the community through volunteering was powerful for her.
“I want to tell anyone having a rough time, that there is help out there. All you have to do is ask. Keep your head up. I was a victim, but I never felt that should determine who I am. I am more than that. I am a strong mom and have come a long way.”
On her sales, Teri noted, “Back in 2020, I had given everything I could to people I knew already, so I had to get creative. I knew I could sell them for cheap and donate the money. And, especially at the time, I knew there was a need for food, clothing—for basic stuff—because so many were out of work.” To respond to this great need in our community and her own need to pare down her overflowing yard, Teri had her first plant sale in the Spring of 2020, not knowing if it would do well. In true pandemic fashion, Teri put the plants out with a can and a sign that read “Plant Sale. Benefits The Caring Place.” It was an honor system; put your money in the can and take your plant. The Setup proved effective, as she made a couple of hundred dollars. People, receptive to the cause, often added more to the can. Happy with the first turnout, Teri said, “Well, okay, that’s good. It’s something I enjoy doing, and people enjoy buying.”
A few weeks ago, I did not know much about The Caring Place beyond some faint recall of kind faces and overflowing boxes from sporadic trips through the donations drive-through when I was a kid. As a Georgetown native, current resident, and Southwestern student, I generally knew The Caring Place had a significant, lasting presence in our community. I generally knew it was a place that lived up to its name and cared in various and necessary ways. Because of this, when Southwestern posted an opportunity for a summer internship here, I excitedly pursued it. Interested in nonprofit work, education, and finding stories, I knew there was much to tell and much to learn. Before beginning, I merely knew the facts: The Caring Place takes donations, has a thrift store, offers food services, etc. Without meeting the people, without further experiencing the place, I did not understand all that meant. Before feeling it myself, I did not fully understand The Caring Place’s extent of care.
Despite being a busy Social Work student and now living in Austin, Patricia prioritizes volunteering in The Caring Place’s Food Pantry. Every Friday, she makes the trip to The Caring Place to stock shelves and assist shoppers. She says, “Even though it’s a little more of a drive, it’s worth it.” Volunteering has always been worth it to Patricia and an essential part of her life since she was 12 or 13. “I’ve always volunteered at places: food pantries, animal shelters, senior homes, etc. I grew up in a tough situation, but no matter how bad our situation was, there were always people to help us. We always tried to help back.” When Patricia moved to Texas a couple of years ago and was looking for a place to “help back,” she saw that The Caring Place not only had a Food Pantry but also had Programs and Services and thrift stores. Impressed with the breadth of the operation, Patricia said, “It had so many options and seemed like a great place to get involved. I don’t even think I went anywhere else. I immediately learned about The Caring Place and said, ‘yeah, that’s it’ and started.”
At The Caring Place, it is a constant moving puzzle to figure out not only what donated items are, but also what they should be priced at and where they should go. Michelle, describing her job, said, “I do mostly intake of donations. I do pricing. I also take care of the greeting cards, and we do a lot of greeting cards and paper things. It’s a lot of packaging and putting things together—stuff like that. Basically, I’ll do anything and everything that needs to be done that day.” In other words, Michelle is one of the dedicated solvers of the continuous The Caring Place puzzle.
Rosemary is a prime example of why being at The Caring Place is so fun. For the last ten years, she has contributed to the lively atmosphere as a volunteer pricing purses, hats, and clothes. I assume much of this time involved laughing and joking because just about our whole conversation did! Rosemary said she initially got involved at The Caring Place because she had retired and was getting bored. The Caring Place ensures she is not bored, and she is one of the individuals that ensures The Caring Place is not boring!
As I sat down at the linen station in the warehouse to visit with Linda Cole, a volunteer at The Caring Place since 2010, I immediately realized how terrible I’d be at her job. I am convinced the world is divided into people who can fold a fitted sheet and those who cannot. I am the latter. Or perhaps there is a third category: those who become proficient at folding fitted sheets after over ten years of doing so. In this category, there is Linda. “I’m not that good at it either. Or wasn’t. But it’s been a while, a long time. And I’ve always done this same job. Initially, I didn’t want to. But then you make friends and you keep going.” Linda explained how she initially planned to volunteer in the Food Pantry, but, at the time, volunteers were needed in the linen department. Linda started with linens and stuck with linens because she said, “You gotta have linens, let’s face it! Everybody needs linens, so there you go.” Laughing, Linda added, “Plus, nothing terrible ever happens with the linens.” I guess this is true, so long as you don’t find bins of fitted sheets terrifying.
Anyone familiar with The Caring Place has likely seen and been impressed by the dedication and kindness of the staff and volunteers. That’s why, as I sat down with Betty Miller at her station filled with purses and hats to discuss her experience as a longtime volunteer but as possibly one of the longest active volunteers, I felt kind of silly to begin by asking the obvious, “So, how long have you been volunteering here?” I did, however, ask a version of this to hear the impressive number of 33 from the woman herself. Betty began our discussion laughing and showed me her 30-year pin that she received “oh, a few years ago.” This means that since the early days of The Caring Place, Betty has been working to sort, inspect, price, and put out shoes, purses, and hats in the stores. While I’m sure she has worn many hats throughout her life, with such commitment to The Caring Place, one “hat” has undoubtedly become and still is hats.
As 2022 progresses, The Caring Place is seeing that times are tough for new members of our community. As this year doles out fresh challenges, we hope our community knows we will meet you where you are in your circumstances and continue working to meet basic needs in our community.
“James and I, we worked hard all of our lives. But we got in a position in our life where we didn’t know which way to go. The Caring Place here in Georgetown got us through it, plain and simple.”
Effective immediately, Donation hours at The Caring Place are Mon - Sat, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. This temporary change at our 2000 Railroad Avenue drive-through is due to this summer's extreme temperatures.
Sometimes a crisis happens. We’ve all been there. We can often prepare for that single crisis and move past it. What if you are experiencing multiple unexpected events almost all at once? How do you pull through? Would you need help or support? Would you ask a friend or neighbor? What if your resources are simply exhausted? Maybe The Caring Place is that neighbor to help you lift a burden or two as you prioritize each crisis?
Thinking back to the past again, Sharon shared, “We had four deaths in a 9-month period, then the next month a breast cancer diagnosis, so we used quite a bit of money up that we had saved for this point in my life. Since I am disabled and can’t work, I’ll never get it back. Places like this make a big difference, and I am sure it does for a lot of people.”
Enjoy 40% off Wednesday, June 29th and Thursday, June 30th at both of our thrift store locations from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm. The Shops at The Caring Place is at 2000 Railroad Avenue in Georgetown. Second Helping is open at 3700 Williams Drive.
Please note that our stores will be closed Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd for inventory. The Donations drive-through will remain open on those days from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. All locations are closed Monday, July 4th for the holiday. See you at the sale!
The Caring Place is recruiting new volunteers in almost every department to help continue scaling up programs and services. Community members will find volunteer positions on our crisis and case management team, as cashiers, pricers, merchandisers, Food Pantry workers, and Food Warehouse workers. All positions at The Caring Place support the mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. If you are ready to join The Caring Place’s efforts, fill out an application or learn more at caringplacetx.org/volunteer. You may also email Jim Tillman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The handwritten note on the back of the old clock radio read in red marker, “door prize Caring Place ‘92 Vol’trs’ dinner.” If you have any connection to The Caring Place, those written words might bring a smile to your face or maybe an astonished, “Wow!”
Beginning in May, the Food Pantry will be open at 2000 Railroad Avenue on Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, 9 AM - 4 PM.
Free choice Food Pantry begins on Monday, April 4th. This change in process will require some rearranging, therefore the Food Pantry will be closed on Friday, April 1 to prepare.
This is a reminder release of new hours at The Caring Place.
As we enter some colder weather, we would like to remind you of The Caring Place's Inclement Weather Policy.
In the last several years, The Caring Place has implemented a modified mission statement which we think better clarifies who we are and what we do.
What was your resolution for 2022? Are you focussing on family, friends or maybe some much needed self care? What about nonprofits? Are you supporting one this year? I named several in this post so it’s not lost on me that we have a lot of places that need our time, talents and gifts in Georgetown. With MLK day this month I’d like to challenge you to do something meaningful.
Won't you join us in helping others? Since 1985, The Caring Place has provided for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.
Let's go get those questions answered as we expand our hours!
The Caring Place will launch new, expanded hours January 10th.
A few reminders as we begin the new year...
As a former Executive Director here, John certainly has some inside knowledge of this organization and it led me to ask him a few questions about why The Caring Place is special. John has experience in a number of nonprofits, so why does he still support this one and encourage you to as well? Please enjoy this interview.
Kerri and her husband, Roland, started a Holiday Food Drive tradition 13 years ago.
In December we have regular holiday closures as well as a mid-month store closure to handle scheduled maintenance.
At The Caring Place neighbors in need often want to know how they can help us, especially when they have received some type of support from the organization themselves. Dave Lyons is one of those people. Dave's story began at The Caring Place in April.
It's time to take part in the biggest giving day of the year! Celebrate GivingTuesday whether that be through giving your time, your gifts, talents or monetary contributions. Every gift, both big and small, helps make a difference.
After the death of her grandfather, Victoria knew she needed a new path for her life, one that would give her life meaning after his passing. She packed up and moved to Texas with a job lead.
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.
The Caring Place Food Pantry will launch its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1; it ends December 31. Unlike previous years, this year, The Caring Place’s Food Drives across the community will only accept monetary donations. The organization is introducing the Little Blue Barrel campaign in order for businesses, churches, neighborhoods and other organizations to collect critical funds for the local Food Pantry.
Through its annual grants process, Georgetown Health Foundation (GHF) awarded $910,000 in grants to 20 organizations serving Georgetown residents. Awards were given based on alignment with GHF’s priorities which are focused on basic needs (food, shelter, housing) and social determinants of health (SDOH).
“Ready to get engaged? Not that kind of engaged!” jokes the Community Engagement Manager, Rita Turner. “We want to engage you in the happenings at The Caring Place! We have developed our first online Chat & Chew with our community in mind!” This virtual event will be held Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Caring Place’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the seventh consecutive year that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction.
A Warehouse Team Member is an entry-level position offering training, support and a team atmosphere. This individual will work in the warehouse, assisting with the acceptance and movement of item donations and food. They will provide assistance throughout the entire facility as needed.
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.
The Caring Place has won $5,500 from H-E-B as part of the grocery store chain’s 55th anniversary celebration event!
The Caring Place has added dressing rooms to their store!
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.