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CARITAS at Trinity December 14-21

The beginnings of CARITAS (Congregations around Richmond to Assure Shelter) dates back to the early 1980s. Originally named Winter Cots, the organization developed as a response to an increase in the number of people attempting to live on the street and not enough room in local shelters to house them. When this was formalized into CARITAS in 1987, Trinity was one of many congregations who participated in assisting those in need. Just as CARITAS has successfully transformed lives over the last 32 years, so have the lives of our congregation and staff been transformed in meeting and working with our guests each year. Perhaps you are aware that CARITAS is changing their traditional template where churches host and house families for a two week block of time each year.

In 2020, CARITAS will be opening their new center where they “will bring the solutions for breaking the cycles of homelessness and substance use under one roof.” This will be an exciting change for CARITAS staff and the Richmond community they serve. Churches will still have a role in this new model. As the new center comes together, Trinity will learn more about the future opportunities for our congregation.

Earlier in 2019, the Trinity staff learned about an opening in the CARITAS calendar. A church site was needed for hosting single women in December. The church calendar was checked, and we committed to be a host site from Saturday, December 14 through Saturday, December 21.

For us, the needs will be the same. Trinity Hall will be converted into quarters for sleeping, dining, and fellowship. We will look to our Sunday school classes, youth organizations, small groups, and staff to provide a home cooked meal each evening, a light breakfast and a bagged lunch each day, assorted items for hygiene, laundry, and overnight supervision.

If you are already thinking about your Christmas gift list, give yourself the best Christmas gift you might ever receive—sign up to help with CARITAS at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a8a72eaa8-caritas. You, your family, and friends will be transformed. Questions to Bill Pike, bpike@trinityumc.net.

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