Testimonials

CARITAS Furniture Bank Michael Gordon

Wreckage From 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 […]

Meet Tommy: Alumnus Turned Donor

Meet Tommy: Alumnus Turned Donor

Every year on Valentine’s Day, Tommy Evans celebrates something special: his sobriety, which started in 2007. That was the day he began the residential recovery program at The Healing Place  Tommy speaks highly of his family and his upbringing. Drinking in high school led to drug experimentation in college, which led to regular heroin and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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After 30 Years, Sur Finds A Life of Hope

Sur has been in and out of active addiction for more than 30 years. He was 10 years old when he first tried marijuana.  He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. His uncle and father were drug dealers. Naturally, he admired and idolized them.  “I really loved school and always excelled,” he said.  As he […]