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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 (TCP) is hosting its second Textile Sale on Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 13th, inside The Shops at The Caring Place located at 2000 Railroad Avenue in Georgetown, Texas.

Have you ever thought life wasn’t going quite right? Did you think your relationships weren’t what you thought they were? Have you ever felt unsafe to ask for help? Did you need a reset? Rosemary felt all those things in another state. After visiting friends in Texas, just after the great “ice-pocalypse,” she and her daughter decided to make a change in 2021. Rosemary said moving to Texas reset their family experience.

Jeremy and Francesca told us all help is not the same. Two years ago they were in Florida because Francesca’s mom was sick. She was their support system and their rock. When she passed away, their next home was a shelter. Jeremy was working and saving money while Francesca was pregnant with their second child. They were really trying to create change in their lives and always felt like they took one step forward and two steps back...

The Caring Place (TCP) Hunger Free Holidays Food Drives are finishing the year at The Caring Place with a new item request and a financial gift request. The Hunger Free Holiday campaign, intending to fill the Food Pantry with the things it needs most, is asking the community to donate specific items each month through December. The December request for the Food Pantry is for hygiene items. This includes items like toilet paper, deodorant, body wash, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products and more. The Caring Place Food Pantry has seen double the Pantry visits since last year and is working hard to address that need.  Financial gifts allow the organization to purchase the items it needs when it needs them and can be made at Due to space restrictions, this is highly recommended as an impactful way to help our neighbors.

Have you experienced the overwhelming sensation of a heavy heart? It’s really difficult to get away from this oppressive feeling lately.

You are who you surround yourself with. I know that's such a cliche quote, but it's true.

-Selena Gomez

The November request for the Food Pantry is for Cereal. This also includes other breakfast items like oatmeal, grits and mixes like pancake or muffin mix.

The October request for the Food Pantry is for hygiene items. This includes things like toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toilet paper, feminine products and other hygiene items.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 9 ideas to start.

The Caring Place brings back Hunger Free Holidays Food Drives with a twist in 2023.

While quotes might not directly stimulate our own lives, they play a significant role in encouraging a positive lifestyle. So go ahead, discover inspiration.

Since I am the person behind the Social Media at The Caring Place, I regularly run into some of our devoted followers in the stores and they know me by name or say, “You are that lady on Facebook!” or “Where is that big mirror you posted?” Or, sometimes, “I love the way you share info on Facebook.” This is all music to my ears, but also makes me laugh and think to myself, “Hey, I am an influencer!”

Simon Sinek said, “If there are people who care, there is always hope.”

The Caring Place (TCP) is temporarily expanding its voucher program this fall in order to increase the clothing and shoes budget for children in TCP’s northern Williamson County service area.  In addition to already-in-place voucher programs at TCP, qualifying children 18 and under can obtain a $15 voucher per child for clothing and shoes only. Enrollment begins at The Caring Place’s Programs & Services offices at 2001 Railroad Avenue, August 7th-18th, Mon-Fri, 9 a.m - 4 p.m. These special vouchers must be used at The Shops at The Caring Place on or before September 16th, 2023. Shop hours are Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A lifelong Texan, Jennifer McLaughlin has lived in Fort Worth, Austin, and now Georgetown. But,  of the places she’s studied or worked, she says, “I’m pretty sure The Caring Place is my favorite.” Read on to find out why!

From a career Firefighter to longtime TCP employee and, more recently, a Food Pantry volunteer, John Burton has lots of life experiences under his belt. Over the 12+ years John’s been walking the TCP halls, he’s seen The Caring Place grow in size and impact. Read on to learn more about John and his time at The Caring Place!

Robin is recently retired and a new resident of Sun City. She tells me she first became aware of The Caring Place through her membership of the Women Helping Others (WHO) organization, which connects members to various non-profits in the Williamson County area.

The Caring Place announces its first evening “Chat & Chew.” This educational presentation and tour is free to the public on Tuesday, July 18th at 6 p.m. at The Caring Place’s 2001 Railroad location in Georgetown.  RSVP is required.

Getting the opportunity to hear about their time at The Caring Place was a fascinating experience.

Quality Texas Foundation Regional Program (QTFRP) recognizes The Caring Place at the Pioneer Level on its journey toward organizational excellence during the 30th Annual Quality Texas Foundation Awards Recognition Conference in June.

Walking up to the pricing desk in the warehouse of The Caring Place, a man is sitting quietly, hard at work. His name is Al, and his workspace is accented by sticker books and various items. On the surface, it may seem hard to believe, but this reserved volunteer has been part of The Caring Place team for 12 years!

Sophisticated and well-spoken with a soft hint of North Carolina in her voice. These are all ways to describe Brenda even at first glance. Her poised demeanor and gentle handshake didn’t tell her story though. They were just the beginning. As I sat with Brenda, she described her high life; living in Africa for 20 years, traveling with her husband who was the first black person to be President of a foreign company, and raising her children.

The Caring Place is overjoyed to announce that June marks its 38th year serving in the northern Williamson County community. A celebration is on the horizon to thank the community for its continued support. The Caring Place retail stores are offering a 38% discount from June 24th, and June 26th through June 30th in both of its thrift stores as well as creating educational opportunities in the main store each day.

The mission of The Caring Place is to provide for the basic human needs of all people in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. These three ways of doing things listed in our mission statement are probably why Carolyn fits in so well at The Caring Place.

Have your parents ever lived with you so you can help them financially or even physically? For many families, this is a solution to help care for aging parents with a low or limited income. It makes sense, but what if the unexpected happens and the parents outlive the child? That’s the scenario that played out for Samuel and Patricia.

The Caring Place announces expanded hours for its Donations drive through at 2000 Railroad Avenue, which now has the same operating hours as the attached thrift store, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Find quilts, antique crochet, lace, fabric, upholstery, quilting fabric, notions and more at this one-of-a-kind textile event. All of this in our 2001 Railroad Avenue Community Room, across from The Caring Place thrift store. April 13-15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Caring Place now accepts food and other pantry donations from the public. Non-perishable food, diapers and hygiene products are accepted during item donation hours in the 2000 Railroad Avenue drive-through Monday through Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Food Pantry can also receive these items during their operating hours in a reserved parking space specifically marked for taking Pantry donations. 

Pride. That’s what kept Brad from seeking help for his family when they were struggling. And it was after a night of sleeping in the car that he knew there had to be something else out there to get them through this rough patch. “It was pride. I’ve never been in a situation where I needed help like this. Never.”

According to Marie Kondo, an organizational guru, “Putting your house in order is the magic that creates a vibrant and happy life.” 

There are lots of reasons why people volunteer. My favorite thing is when our volunteers say, “Volunteering fills my heart.” This means different things to different people. Here are some of the heart-filling reasons we hear around here...

At The Caring Place, sharing our values is part of our everyday job. The new year feels like a great time to share those values with you, as well as offer inspiration as you seek to find joy and meaning in 2023. Perhaps, learning how The Caring Place brought new meaning to its mission will help you learn new ways to remember the power of your own values.

Fresh Food for Families, a program of the Central Texas Food Bank, offers free produce in The Caring Place drive through at 2000 Railroad Avenue on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month between 9 and 10 a.m. Due to enrollment updates at the Central Texas Food Bank, all participants will need to present The Caring Place’s Food Pantry card to receive food through this program.

In Year 2 of Operation, The Anna+Anton Olson Legacy Fund Increases Both Total Dollars Distributed as well as the Number of Recipient Organizations...

Each year through the months of October, November and December, The Caring Place holds a fundraiser for the Food Pantry called Hunger Free Holidays. The Caring Place is asking the community to start their holiday giving with a gift to the Food Pantry. Gifts can be made with a credit card at and checks may be mailed to “The Caring Place, PO Box 1215, Georgetown, TX 78627” with a note on the memo line designating the Food Pantry.

The Caring Place now offers an online portal for neighbors in crisis to begin the enrollment process for financial assistance.

Candid, formerly known as Guidestar, has awarded The Caring Place with the Platinum Seal of Transparency for 2022.

While Halloween is normally reserved for scary-good fun, that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved to benefit a scary-good cause!

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. 

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