We are proud and humbled to actively participate in the Shelter program run by CARITAS once a year. CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter) was organized in the early 1980’s to respond to the huge unmet need for emergency shelter for homeless adults in the cold winter months.
We will be hosting 32 women for CARITAS from March 10 to the 17. This is a large project and we need help for this. There are many different jobs for all to help with. Some of the jobs are the following.
Set up/ Break down – this includes setting up cots that are delivered by CARITAS and setting the tables for meals.
Dinners – dinners for 32 every evening. You can do this as a church group or with just a group of friends.
Lunches – Thirty two lunches need to be made daily. A group can make all the lunches for one day or different individuals can make about 11. Lunch bags and condiments will be provided and can be found in the kitchen. Instructions for lunches are by the sign up sheets.
Laundry – We need people to do about 32 loads of laundry. It can be picked up the morning that you sign up and returned to the church by 6 PM that same day.
Evening Hosts – Help CARITAS staff, hand out towels for showers and help guests with requests. Mingle with the guests to make them feel welcome. This is about 2 – 3 hours in the evening, from 7 until 9:30.
Overnight Hosts – Help CARITAS staff, spend the night, fix breakfast in the morning and hand out the lunches for the day.
FIVE FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT CARITAS
1) Every willing guest of CARITAS is assigned a case worker who individually works through the legal, mental, medical or financial obstacles standing between the guest and self-sufficiency.
2) CARITAS provides substance abuse counseling.
3) All children are enrolled in school within 24 hours of entering CARITAS.
4) 73% of single adults and 89% of families find housing through CARITAS.
5) All guests of CARITAS in case management are required to save 75% of their earned income into an escrow account, which they will use to secure permanent housing.
Caritas does more than providing shelter:
The Healing Place was brought to Richmond in 2005 when the Richmond Task Force on Homelessness identified a major need for addiction recovery resources for homeless men in Richmond
Works, a five-week, 8 hour a day job and life skills development program for motivated individuals who have barriers to employment. The program encompasses Job Search skills, Life Skills and Job Placement Support and Follow up.
The Furniture Bank is a socially responsible community resource that collects furniture and household essentials and distributes them to local families and individuals in need.
The CARITAS logo represents the idea that the combined efforts of many people can support those who need it most.
Learn more about CARITAS at http://caritasva.org/