The CARITAS Center

Where We’ve Been

CARITAS has been serving the Richmond community for more than 30 years, growing and expanding to address unmet needs with compassion, innovation, and expertise. We have a history of success providing 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 create the most effective change in our community by leveraging dollars, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours to offer programs based on best practices and evidence-based models. 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 fall 2020, 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 a south Richmond neighborhood and positively impact thousands of lives.

After decades of coordinating a mobile shelter effort in the Richmond region, it became clear that our clients needed more stability than moving around once a week can provide. There is also a great need for recovery services for women throughout the Richmond area. Years of planning and preparation have led us to fall 2020, when the newly opened CARITAS center will include the following elements:

  • The William M. Walker 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 a community health care provider.

Our Move-In Plans

Our vision is finally becoming a reality! We look forward to celebrating the grand opening and will share details about those activities when we are able to safely celebrate together! In the mean time, we are working towards a phased move-in schedule at the CARITAS Center while still practicing social distancing. To help with our first phase, we are welcoming contributions to our House Warming Showers Initiative. As we are ready, we will follow the below schedule below as best we can with the help of our community partners, volunteers and staff:
  • Sober Living Apartment Move-In: September
  • CARITAS Staff Offices Move-In: September
  • Women’s Shelter Relocation: September
  • Furniture Bank Relocation: September  (Note: This means all Furniture Bank donations will be delivered and dropped off at 2220 Stockton Street).
  • The Healing Place for Women Opening: September
Once our move-in is complete, our official organization-wide address will be 2220 Stockton Street, Richmond, VA 23224.

Transformation Through Images

We are amazed by our talented and committed board members. One of those is Dick Upton. Since the start of construction, he has tirelessly chronicled the transformation of the CARITAS Center through stunning images, with attention to the detail and heart behind the project. We will begin to share some of these images over the next several months on social media and more.

Watch our Video about the CARITAS Center

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CARITAS continues to invest in our community’s future. Tens of thousands of volunteers and donors have joined us in our 30-year journey to break the cycles of homelessness and addiction for all. We hope you will, too.

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Help us get our apartments ready for move-in!

To learn more about the project and get involved, please contact Karen Stanley at or (804) 887-1577