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Community Celebrates CARITAS Center Campaign Announcement

CARITAS leaders and volunteers are pleased to announce our plans to build a new center in South Richmond and will begin construction in early 2018. During a December 5th event, CARITAS honored initial donors who have already contributed to its $14 million capital campaign for the CARITAS Center. The cornerstone of the new center is […]

CARITAS Works Extends Hours + Toby’s Story

Toby’s Story Today, when you ask Toby if there is a woman in his life, he always answers the same way: “My granddaughter.” The corner of his eyes turn up when he talks about her. Toby has been working with the same company for three years. He loves going out for pizza and bowling with his […]

The REAL Program and CARITAS Works Forge new Partnership

“I want to be a prep cook,” James Bullock said, a graduate of CARITAS Works Class 53. “I expect to be working soon —it’ll be my first job in many years.” His favorite things to make include lasagna and spaghetti. Until now, James hadn’t considered pursuing a career as a cook. For 40 years of […]

Helping Fathers Reconnect with their Children

Stephen Vicoli is a father of a 16-year son and an 18-year old daughter. He lights up when you ask about them. Stephen is also in recovery. Like many fathers who struggle with substance use disorder, his relationship with his children suffered.    His substance use led to a court order that prevented him from […]

Youth Groups Help CARITAS Build Tables and Beds for Families

Sounds of power tools and laughter rang throughout the Furniture Bank on a Wednesday afternoon. Middle school volunteers from Christ Church Youth Group came with smiles and lots of energy to build kitchen tables for fellow community members. “CARITAS is probably the most mentioned, most satisfying service that we’ve done at Christ Church Episcopal,” said […]

Furniture Bank Volunteers Turn Houses into Homes

“It’s very hard to stop volunteering when you see the need,” Ginger Bomar said. She is a two-year volunteer shopper veteran. “Most of the people are so grateful for that service, that’s very affirming when you see their personal reaction.” About 30 people shop at the Furniture Bank on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings each […]