Ray Porter Comes Full Circle at The Healing Place

If Ray Porter were to chart the highs and lows of his life, he would pinpoint 2001 as his rock bottom.  “I was homeless and unemployed and fighting heroin addiction,” remembers Ray, who was 40 at the time. “I was toting around two big sacks of clothing, storing them wherever I could, just doing what […]

CARITAS announces new hires

CARITAS is excited to welcome three new team members to our staff: Charles Stafford as Senior Director of Human Resources and Culture, Stacy Buchanan as Director of Marketing and Communications, and Josh Rockett as Community Engagement Manager. These individuals will provide key leadership in important strategic areas, adding strength and talent as our organization continues […]

Karen O'Brien

CARITAS Announces New CEO, Karen O’Brien

CARITAS is thrilled to announce Karen O’Brien as its new President and CEO, effective April 17. O’Brien, the current Chief Operating Officer, succeeds Karen Stanley, who served as CEO for 22 years, retiring at the end of 2022. “Any organization experiencing its first change of CEO in over two decades faces special challenges and opportunities,” […]


CARITAS Announces Interim President & CEO Kelly Chopus

Kelly Chopus has been named Interim President and CEO of CARITAS. We are excited to welcome this experienced leader as the search continues for our permanent President & CEO continues. “The search for our next CEO is our utmost priority, and we know we have big shoes to fill,” says CARITAS Board of Directors Chair Greg […]

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Valda Finds A Safe Place to Heal + Rebuild at the CARITAS Shelter

“When I started this journey, I had no idea it would be so life-changing,” says Valda. Valda was working hard to leave an abusive relationship and the CARITAS Emergency Shelter allowed her to do that safely. When Valda first came to the shelter, Dianna Thomas greeted her. “We had been friends for more than 30 […]

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Hope for the Holidays

The holiday season is full of hope and happiness for many. For our residents working through their recovery, healing from a crisis in our shelter, and sending out new job applications, it can feel bleak. We surround guests with compassion, resources, and support to build roads to brighter futures. Help from you goes a long […]