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If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at our organization, you’ve come to the right place.  Between blog posts and press releases posted here, we hope you'll discover something new about The Caring Place.

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The Caring Place follows GISD inclement weather guidelines. We are closed January 11 for this reason.

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!

We are announcing the temporary closure of The Caring Place’s two thrift stores December 24th through January 9th.

The Williamson County Wilco Forward Phase III grant program which provides rent and utility assistance to residents impacted by COVID-19 that are in need through December has an impending deadline.  In the Caring Place’s effort to adequately process eligible applications before the deadline, the organization will stop accepting applications for assistance utilizing these funds specifically on Friday, December 11th.

Dear Friend,

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.

In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Williamson County, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the temporary closure of The Caring Place’s two thrift stores beginning on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 26th through December 5th.  Current plans allow stores to resume operating hours  beginning Monday, December 7th.  No volunteers will report to The Caring Place during this time to reduce potential exposure or spread of COVID-19.

The Caring Place is pleased to announce it was voted by its community as the Best Place to Give/Volunteer in Georgetown for the 10th consecutive year!  This honor comes just in time for this community-based and community-supported organization to encourage local philanthropy on Giving Tuesday.

The Caring Place is happy to announce the re-introduction of Saturday shopping hours at both thrift store locations and the scheduling of pickups for furniture donations.  

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!

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.”

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. 

Last week The Caring Place announced damage to its fence and forklift.  After this announcement, a new forklift was purchased by generous donors who now hope their gift can inspire more giving.

If fall is your favorite season, then Second Helping’s annual Fall Y’all shopping event is the place to be.  This year due to social distancing requirements, the event will be held over three days, September 1st through 3rd and will only be open by appointment.  Make appointments at caringplacetx.org/shop.

Williamson County Commissioners Court approved agreements for Wilco Forward Phase III to provide rent and utility assistance to residents that are in need through partnerships with local non-profits. Terms of agreement were approved between Williamson County and The Caring Place, The Salvation Army, and the Round Rock Serving Center. Phase III is funded with $5 million from a combination of Community Development Block Grant funds and the approximately $93 million the County received in federal CARES Act funds.

On the night of Wednesday July 29th, The Caring Place experienced a break-in.  The fence protecting the property was damaged along with the non-profit organization’s forklift.  The full extent of the damage is not known at this time.

The Caring Place’s second thrift store, Second Helping on 3700 Williams Drive is now open by appointment only.  The hours of the store are Monday through Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. but appointments must be made at least an hour in advance at www.caringplacetx.org/shop.  

The Caring Place announced today it received $100,000 from Southwestern University for the purpose of aiding the Georgetown community who are need of food or other emergency assistance. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education provided these funds to Southwestern University due to the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Caring Place will receive assistance in fulfilling its mission to provide for the basic human needs of all people in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. The Cullen Trust for Higher Education (Cullen Trust) and Southwestern University have teamed to make a substantial donation to The Caring Place as part of a community-wide fundraising campaign, Spirit of Caring. The effort is part of an emergency response to help individuals and families who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.

Teachers, students, administrators and members of the Georgetown ISD community donated their one of a kind “Empty Bowls Project” bowls to The Caring Place to raise money for The Caring Place Food Pantry.  Bowls will be revealed on Thursday, July 16th...

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 sixth consecutive time that The Caring Place has earned this top distinction. 

Since launching the St. David’s Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Fund in April 2020, the Foundation received more than 300 applications for the first phase of funding, demonstrating the significant and growing need within our region. The Caring Place has been announced as a recipient...

The Caring Place Programs and Services and The Shops at The Caring Place will be open beginning on Monday, June 1st in a new, modified format. The Caring Place is still operating without its many volunteers and utilizing various safety precautions.  For this reason, here are the details the community needs to know before arriving at The Caring Place...

The Caring Place Donations department will be open on Monday, May 18th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to accept item donations from the public in a new format.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, The Caring Place is still operating without its many volunteers and utilizing various safety precautions. 

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.

Aging brings more than aches and pains and gray hair. Without funds enough for daily living, aging can create a sense of loss, fear and hopelessness. The Caring Place (TCP) assists our aging community in a special way, and Seeds of Strength is part of making that possible.

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. 

By directing $1.5 million to local food banks that serve students and families most in need, this donation will have a direct and immediate impact on many of the 1,400 communities that Atmos Energy serves. The Caring Place received $10,000.

The Caring Place is closed on Friday, April 10th in observance of Good Friday. With the exception of Friday, April 10th, current programming at The Caring Place is as follows...

In response to COVID-19 concerns, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the following immediate changes in operations...

In response to COVID-19 concerns, as well as the safety and well-being of all who come to The Caring Place, we are announcing the following immediate changes in operations...

Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, has awarded The Caring Place its coveted 4-star rating for the fifth year in a row.

I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) is proud to announce the eighth annual Amplify Austin Day, taking place from 6:00pm March 5 to 6:00pm March 6, 2020. Over the past seven years, Amplify Austin Day has raised more than $57 million for Central Texas charities. Each year 750+ local nonprofit organizations participate in the 24-hour campaign.
After exceeding its $11 million goal in 2019, ILHIGH has set a 2020 fundraising goalof $12 million. Early giving for Amplify Austin Day opens today.

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. 

Gratitude was on display everywhere at St. David's Foundation's winter grant announcement event on December 19th. It was not only a gathering of partners to celebrate the 50 nonprofits who were the recipients of grants, it also served as a final sendoff of CEO Earl Maxwell, who is retiring at the end of the month. The event took place at Austin Community College’s Highland Campus, the perfect place to highlight grants which aim to support a thriving healthcare workforce in Central Texas...

The Caring Place is a $200,000 grant recipient from St. David’s Foundation.  Annually, St. David’s Foundations generously gives to organizations serving the community under 3 strategic priorities for Healthiest Care, Healthiest Places and Healthiest People.  This is the third consecutive year St. David’s Foundation has selected The Caring Place as a beneficiary of its grant program.

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.” 

The 12th annual “Sweets, Treats & Trees” is less than a month away.  On Thursday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 2000 Railroad Avenue customers will enjoy The Shops at The Caring Place’s biggest shopping event of the year!  The entire store will be transformed into a holiday wonderland and should leave you saying, “Shopping for Good” never looked so jolly.  “Sweets, Treats & Trees” will include decorations, holiday home accessories, collectibles, wrapping paper, cards, lights, holiday attire, art, décor and more holiday spirit than you can imagine.  Enjoy live music, cookies and door prizes to keep you feeling festive as you shop ’til you drop. 

Curious about what The Caring Place does and don’t know how to go about asking?  Want to learn about this 34 year old non-profit helping people in your own backyard over lunch?  Let The Caring Place staff share what drives the heart of the organization at “Chat & Chew" on Wednesday, November 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Caring Place on 2001 Railroad Avenue.  The Community Engagement Manager will walk you through the basics of The Caring Place including who the organization helps, the programs it offers, its history, how its funded, and the impact it makes in Georgetown and northern Williamson County.

The Caring Place launched its Hunger Free Holidays Food Drive on October 1, and it will end December 31.  With the community’s help, the organization hopes to collect 300,000 pounds of food by the New Year.

On Thursday, October 17th from Noon to 3 p.m., The Caring Place is hosting a Jewelry Show at 2000 Railroad Avenue at The Shops at The Caring Place.

With the holidays around the corner, The Shops at The Caring Place is a great place to start shopping for gifts.  This jewelry show will have an increased selection of sterling silver pieces including items by James Avery.

“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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