Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter (CARITAS) serves as the first line of community support for anyone in need of emergency shelter. Over 185 participating congregations provide shelter, food, and necessities on a weekly basis to individuals and families in need of immediate assistance. It is the largest and most inclusive shelter in Richmond. CARITAS fills an alarming gap in the shelter system by reaching segments of the population ineligible for any other program: adults facing addictions, families with fathers, large families, and families with adolescent sons. It provides the support, training, and material assistance necessary to break the cycle of homelessness and restore stable, productive lives.
We are excited to welcome CARITAS back to GHTC. This ministry involves offering daily hospitality as an intake site where clients check-in and are met by transportation to their shelter sites. The work of volunteers in this ministry is simple: make coffee, put out refreshments, visit with clients, and help clean up afterwards. This is an easy opportunity to commit to regular service of the most vulnerable in our community.