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CARITAS Furniture Bank Michael Gordon

From Wreckage To Hope: Michael Gordon, Furniture Bank Coordinator

From the moment a donation is received to the moment it lands in the home of one of our neighbors in need, there is an intricate web of logistics that unfolds at CARITAS. Every day, trucks are fueled with gas, dishes are sorted, partner agencies refer clients, and the showroom is restocked. Behind the scenes […]

Richard Upton CARITAS Board Member

Richard “Dick” Upton, CARITAS Board Member + Volunteer

CARITAS began through the generosity and vision of volunteers who wanted to make a difference. As we’ve grown and evolved, we still work closely with community members. One volunteer has dedicated hundreds of hours toward this vision: Richard “Dick” Upton.  “As I was winding down my business career, I began looking for a civic-focused initiative […]

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Meet Justin Woods: A Dad and A Leader

“My favorite thing about being a dad is the connection between me and her– the unconditional love connection that we have,” says The Healing Place Program Operations Manager Justin Woods. This dad has a lot to do every day at CARITAS. He’s in charge of making sure men are able to successfully begin their journey […]

food services at CARITAS

Meet Paul: A Father, A Fixer, A Friend

Each day is different for Paul Start, Senior Director of Food Service and Facilities. He could be solving a problem in our Recovery Residences, working with the Furniture Bank warehouse staff, reviewing menus in our kitchens, or responding to a flood alert in our parking lot.  Paul joined the CARITAS team in 2020 in preparation […]

CARITAS mens emergency shelter team lead

Meet “Miss Penny” our Men’s Shelter Team Lead

Penny Dortch is the first person every Men’s Shelter guest meets when they enter our program. “CARITAS encourages people and gives them hope,” she says. “I share my story and let them know that just by coming through our door, you’re further in life than you’ve ever been.” CARITAS has a long history with twists, […]