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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 to […]

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 […]

David’s Road to Recovery

David remembers taking his first drink. He was 10 or 11. He reached into his father’s liquor cabinet and gave it try. After that, he didn’t touch alcohol again until he was 14. He didn’t know then, but his father was an alcoholic. After his family moved to Pennsylvania, David earned a spot on the […]

From Overdose to Hope: Paris’s Story

Paris first tried heroin when he was 18. “Me and my friends were trying to get into the drug game,” he said. “We could go to the club and see all the big boys and try to emulate them: jewelry, cars, and drugs.” The “big boys” would sniff heroin and cocaine, he said. One night, […]

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 […]