Where We’ve Been
CARITAS has been serving the Richmond community for 30 years, growing and expanding to meet unmet needs with compassion, innovation and expertise. Based on our historical successes, we know we provide the tools for self sufficiency and dignity to men and women in crisis.
Where We Are
We couldn’t be more grateful for the thousands of volunteers, community partners, and donors who have made our work possible. Because they’ve invested in CARITAS, we’ve been able to invest in the future of Richmond, creating healthier lives for us all. We leverage dollars, donations and volunteers hours to offer programs based on best practices and evidence-based models to create the most effective change in our community. Based on three decades of success, we’re applying our expertise, data, and research as we develop a vision for making a larger impact in Richmond and beyond. We are excited to extend our mission to serve more women in the CARITAS Center, starting with recovery services.
Where We’re Going
Opening in 2019, The CARITAS Center will bring all the solutions for breaking the cycles of homelessness and substance use under one roof. We can’t wait to watch CARITAS transform another neighborhood and positively impact thousand of lives.
We’ve known for a long time that our clients would reap the benefits if CARITAS’s programs were all under one roof. We’ve also known that women in Richmond need our services now more than ever. From the search for the right building, getting through the zoning process, and talking over data and budgets, we’ve made it here to introduce you to the CARITAS Center. The new CARITAS Center will include the following elements:
- The Healing Place for Women – 160-bed peer-based recovery program.
- CARITAS Works – Expanded state-of-the-art classroom space.
- Furniture Bank – Warehouse space for Furniture Bank clients and volunteers.
- 47 Sober-Living Apartments – For program graduates and qualifying community members.
- CARITAS Administrative Offices – All located efficiently under one roof.
- Leased Office Space – For community partners
- Download our Case Statement, which details the vision and the project.
- Read our article about the campaign and our “groundbreaking” ceremony in December 2017.
- Watch our 3-minute video about the CARITAS Center on YouTube. Share it with friends and contacts.
- Read this story about how the Jenkins Foundation brought The Healing Place to Richmond in 2005 and will help us bring The Healing Place for Women to life.
- Hear from The Healing Place Program Director Al Jackson in this Q & A about recovery and expanding recovery services to women in Richmond.
- Director of Shelter Operations Anna Hardin talks about moving from a mobile to permanent shelter in this interview.
In The News
- “How this abandoned warehouse will save lives” – WTVR Channel 6. See images and video of the warehouse CARITAS will transform into the new CARITAS Center.
- “Recovery, Job Training and a Network of Support at the Healing Place” – WCVE, Community Idea Stations. Listen in on the stories of the men and women The Healing Place and other CARITAS programs have transformed.
- “Shelter from the Storm” – Richmond Magazine. Shelter volunteer and editor Tina Eshlemen CARITAS talks about the changes to the CARITAS Shelter model in preparation of opening the new on-site shelter in South Richmond.
CARITAS continues invest in our community’s future. We know we can change lives because we have changed so many during our 30-year history. Tens of thousands of volunteers and donors have joined us in our journey to break the cycles of homelessness and addiction for all. We hope you will, too.
To donate, learn more about the project and get involved, please contact Karen Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 887-1577