CARITAS Shelter Richmond Virginia

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 […]


Tyrone’s Journey Back to Fatherhood

Tyrone is the Program Coordinator for The Healing Place For Men. He has four children and is now a grandfather.  “One of the best feelings I get to have is that I can show guys like me that they can make amends with their the families and stay on the right path,” he says. “Staying […]

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From CARITAS Works to Working: Mo’s Story 

When Anthony “Mo” commenced from the CARITAS Works program seven years ago, he was nervous about finding a job. He had child support payments, court fines, and a long history of incarceration and drug use. He was ready to work and needed to start earning. That evening, he went to an NA meeting and shared […]

Casandra’s Story: One Year of Helping Women in Recovery

This is a big week for Casandra. Tuesday, December 28, marks her three-year sobriety date. Thursday, December 30, is her birthday! The past year has included many other milestones for Casandra, as well. She helped open The Healing Place for Women (THPW), beginning as a founding peer mentor.  Today, she leads our recovery program for […]

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Meet Vicki, A Leader with her own Story

Vicki Mollenauer has been a mainstay in the hallways of CARITAS buildings for more than 6 years. Her story begins with her own struggle with addiction. Today, she is a leader at CARITAS and in the Richmond community as our Career Development Senior Coordinator.  The past year has been a challenge for the Works team, […]

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No Place Like Home: New Sober-Living Apartments Are Filling Major Gap

Nichole’s journey to alcoholism was swift and severe. After largely avoiding drugs and alcohol, overwhelming responsibility and postpartum depression led her to begin drinking at night. Soon, a habit developed and she began shaking from withdrawal when she woke in the mornings. The disease deepened its grip so far that one day she called an […]