November 1, 2019 | Volume 17 | Issue 11
Dear Friends,

November begins the holiday shopping season at The Caring Place. Both of our thrift stores will sparkle with festive decor this month at their one of a kind holiday showcase events. The best part of those shopping events is that each purchase you make supports our mission to provide for the basic needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way. We call that "Shopping for Good," and we hope you do it with us all year around. We can't think of an easier way to help neighbors in your very own community! Read more about how you can help live out our mission with us every single day in this month's issue of "Another Month of Caring."

Enjoy!
-Ginna O'Connor, Executive Director
The Shops at The Caring Place:
Sweets, Treats & Trees
Second Helping: Holiday Open House
Where You Shop Matters...
When our shops don't have what you need, try our ebay store , or make your purchases using Amazon Smile, just select The Caring Place!
Want more info on AmazonSmile since you are about to start all your online holiday gift buying? Watch our new video below, sharing how you can start Shopping for Good with Amazon!
P.S. Don't forget to follow us in Facebook to learn about surprise store sales!

In the Food Pantry: Hunger Free Holidays
Did you know t he Food Pantry Program is our biggest, most utilized program? Here are some things you might not know:

  • The Food Pantry helps individuals struggling to make ends meet on an ongoing basis.
  • It's the most cost effective program because of food donations from our community and purchasing food at a reduced rate from Central Texas Food Bank.
  • This program provides 45 lbs. of food per person each month; a 12-day supply is valued at $75/person.
  • Through September of 2019, we have assisted an average of 2,488 neighbors every month, a 12% increase over last year.

If you make giving to The Caring Place Food Pantry a tradition in your family, you can be assured that 100% of every monetary donation purchases food for neighbors in need. And, every food donation will provide for families you see every day in your very own community.

In the Media: Chat & Chew
Curious about what The Caring Place does and don’t know how to go about asking? Want to learn about this 34 year old non-profit helping people in your own backyard over lunch? Let The Caring Place staff share what drives the heart of the organization at “Chat & Chew" on Wednesday, November 6th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Caring Place on 2001 Railroad Avenue. The Community Engagement Manager will walk you through the basics of The Caring Place including who the organization helps, the programs it offers, its history, how its funded, and the impact it makes in Georgetown and northern Williamson County. RSVP with Rita at rturner@caringplacetx.org or 512-943-0702.

In the Media: Food Pantry Expansion
On September 10, 2019, The Caring Place held a brief rededication for its recently expanded Food Pantry. The expansion, which doubled the Food Pantry’s space, consisted of removing a couple of walls to utilize the space of a storage room and reducing the size of the lobby. Construction was completed in the summer, and final touches were made in time for the rededication event.

The Caring Place’s expanded and redesigned pantry has provided:
  • An easily accessible reception and pantry check-in area
  • More shelf space, working and walking space
  • More space to offer fresh and frozen food selections
  • Recipes, food preparation and nutrition information on display

“This expansion couldn’t have come at a better time,” says Food Programs and Facilities Director, David Earl. “In the first 5 days of September, The Caring Place Food Pantry has served 931 people. That is nearly 42,000 pounds of food that has been given to our neighbors in less than a week.” 

The Caring Place would like to thank Steve Richmond Fine Homes, Elsasser Architectural, Inc. and Minuteman Press Georgetown for their generosity in making The Caring Place Food Pantry a welcoming space. 

For the full Press Release, please click on the link below.

In a Snapshot: What can you do to help?
Every quarter we create a snapshot at The Caring Place. These are events you can participate in or ways you can help. We hope you'll peruse the 4th Quarter Snapshot and discover new ways to help The Caring Place carry out its mission in our community. Download the PDF to print and share with a friend. Be part of our community of caring!

Board Meeting
Monday, November 25, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue

Membership Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 28, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Programs & Services
2001 Railroad Avenue
(Refreshments at 3:00 p.m.)
The Caring Place Mission:
To provide for the basic human needs of all people in our community in a welcoming, respectful and caring way.
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Purchases in our thrift stores, 
Second Helping and The Shops at The Caring Place, help The Caring Place realize its mission to assist our neighbors in need.
Thank you for your support!