How our garden didn’t grow

Every year we plant a garden at CRC. I believe we are the only building on Omohundro Place with more than a couple of bushes to greet people. But this year, something happened. I don’t know what but hardly anything grew. It started with the blackberry bushes, which have produced bushels of berries for the…

Brian’s Celebration of Life

Desperate times call for desperate measures. We washed the warehouse floor for the first time since we’ve been in the building, almost 8 years. The Millennial was on a mission. He called in reinforcements to unclog a drain in the floor that probably still contained  mud left over from the May 2010 floods (oops). Then…

600 kids

Six hundred at-risk kids are going back to school in style. And let me start by saying that there is no mechanism for taking a sexy photo of the school — or any other — giveaway. It is just not exciting to see reps from all our nonprofit partners gathering up stuff and putting it…

God speed, Brian Ward

Brian Ward. He fell under the category of “they broke the mold when…” Brian came into my life 10 years ago when I took over the Community Resource Center. Tall, handsome and brash. His decibel level was always at 10. Even though he was a high-powered financial advisor with a mini-mansion near Richland Country Club,…

Make a house a home

True story. A chronically homeless man was placed in permanent housing. It happened to be at a motel. But his case worker found out that he wasn’t staying there. Instead, he would visit another formerly homeless man and stay at his place. The case worker asked him why. “Because,” he said, “my house doesn’t look…

Father’s Day at CRC

The Millennial is celebrating his first Father’s Day Sunday. But that’s not what this is about. This is about CRC helping 300 fathers we don’t even know celebrate. Ring. “Miss Catherine, we’re having our Father’s Day cook-out and we need prizes.” It’s Brenda Morrow, the executive director of the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill. By the…

Strange requests

We get them all the time. And most of the time we come through. We have nonprofit partners that serve every population in need you can think of – children, seniors, the homeless, refugees, those recovering from addictions. And they all need things that sometimes you don’t consider a necessity. But necessity apparently is a…

Low-rent Macy’s

Every month the giveaway at CRC World Headquarters begins at precisely 9:30 a.m. And every month, the parking lot looks like this. You’d think it was a red tag sale at Macy’s. Or charitably, The Millennial and I are so popular that our nonprofit partners can’t wait to see us every month. You’ll notice that…

He also serves who sits and waits

It might be going too far to say that Max the Wonder Dog is the heart and soul of CRC. But he has my heart. Max is 16 years old and there are certain things that come with age that Max aptly demonstrates. One is “the look.” Patient. Ever patient. Max does not beg for…

The best people

Some of the best people who work at CRC never get a paycheck. They have no benefits and and they never ever complain about the lack of either. They’re the work crews from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and CRC would have a hard time living without them. The sheriff’s department provides crews to Davidson…