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Umiah’s Safe at Home with her two Sons

 Meet Umiah. She’s sitting in her new apartment in a chair from the CARITAS Furniture Bank. She just moved in last week with her two sons: a 19-month old and 12-year old. She has a new apartment because her former living situation became violent. Case managers from YWCA and Hanover Safe Place introduced Umiah to […]

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Mental Health Partnership Launches in the Emergency Shelter for Women

Years ago, Jen Frydrychowski volunteered to help CARITAS shelter guests at her congregation. For two weeks every holiday season, her church would open its doors to men and women experiencing homelessness in our community. She got to know our residents intimately. “If you walked by most of CARITAS clients in a store, you wouldn’t know […]

Richmond Philanthropists Raise Funds to Honor Friend Stacey Dendy

Richmond Philanthropists Raise Funds to Honor Friend Stacey Dendy “There were so many people when she passed away that asked, ‘What can we do?’” says Ben Dendy recollecting his wife’s memorial service last year. “Stacey always said that’s not a question you can ask me unless you want to really do something.” Dendy decided he […]

U-Fab Interiors Hosts Second Annual CHAIRity featuring Local Artists

On November 8, Richmonders will step into u-fab’s showroom on Broad Street after hours. They won’t be shopping for their regular furniture and upholstery items. They’ll be there to discover and bid on one-of-a-kind chairs created by local artists Sterling Hundley, Britt Van Deusen, Diego Sanchez, Susan Iverson, Matt Lively, Michael Birch-Pierce, and Molly Campbell. […]

From THP to the Furniture Bank: Samuel’s Story

If you’ve dropped off a Furniture Bank donation or scheduled a pick up, then you may have met Samuel. He’s a member of our warehouse team and an AmeriCorps service member for CARITAS. “He’s high energy and such a hard worker,” says Warehouse Manager Lori Schmiege.  At 65, Samuel’s enthusiasm is infectious, she says.  “I […]

CARITAS Recovery Month

Five Ways to Take Part in Recovery Month

Around the country, agencies like ours join together for a national observance held every September to educate Americans about substance use, recovery services, and ways to live healthy and rewarding lives. CARITAS and The Healing Place are leading local efforts in the Richmond area.  Our theme: One Day at a Time.  Why this theme? Because […]