Posted by Graham Sellors

For those living on the streets, CARITAS is a haven of safety. During December 23rd to 30th, we will host 30-35 men from CARITAS. We currently have slots available to provide meals or much-needed items.

Click here to sign-up to provide a meal or items (scroll down on the page to see the list). If you would prefer to make a donation, so we can purchase food and items, please click here. Please help us fill up all the slots by sharing with your family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for your support to help these men know we are here for them.

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What is CARITAS? CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter) was organized in the early 1980’s to respond to the huge unmet need for emergency shelter for homeless adults in the cold winter months. With its name derived from the Latin word for charity, today CARITAS is the largest emergency shelter program in our community. More than 170 faith communities provide over 37,000 nights of shelter. On average, CARITAS guests spend less than a month in the program.

Who are the homeless served by CARITAS? CARITAS serves people with the greatest needs in our community. Over 95% of CARITAS guests have incomes under 30% of the median income in our area. Despite this poverty, 65% report receiving no government benefits – not even food stamps. There are many reasons why folks may be homeless. Many of them work but cannot afford a home. Lack of affordable housing, health insurance, transportation, domestic violence, and jobs with living wages also contribute to the problem. As long as these problems continue, many of the homeless will continue to need CARITAS and us to help them out.