Help for the homeless

Open Table Nashville serves the homeless. Many people think it involves only food, but Open Table is much broader than that. It’s mission is, I think, perfectly written: “We are a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.” Especially the “journeys with the…

Blessing boxes…1,502 miles later

Boom! The big pay-off, not for Cesar but for those of us who were blessed to make Blessing Boxes for impoverished children in Haiti. Just look at that face. It started last December at CRC World Headquarters. Heart of Worship, one of our nonprofit partners, runs a school in Haiti. Ninety percent of all the…

We have a winner

This man is all about the bear and duck toilet paper holders and he’s not ashamed to admit it. Look at him. That is one happy man. Actually, there is a practical application for these wacky bathroom accessories. Tim works at Progressive Directions, which serves those with delayed learning issues. There’s a certain someone among…

Homes for the homeless

How’s Nashville, the community campaign to end chronic homelessness, marked an incredible milestone – the project of the Homelessness Commission has found homes for 550 chronically homeless people in one year. That is truly a landmark. And here’s another great statistic – 75 percent of those people are still in their own home after a…

Packing it in

When you drive more than an hour to come to CRC World Headquarters for a monthly giveaway, every nook and cranny in your van counts.  Bobbie Cox, who works for the South Central Human Resources Agency in Fayetteville, drives almost 90 miles to get here and there’s not a shred of wasted space in her…

Bikes for kids, what a concept

This is what more than 400 bikes looked like when they came to the CRC warehouse for safe keeping while Hands On Nashville volunteers refurbished them for its ReCYCLE for Kids program. The bikes – in various stages of disrepair – were donated and then spruced up for children who would otherwise not have a…

Peeps show

Just a brief word to say how much the Chicks love Robin Norris from Catholic Charities. On her own dime, she regularly brings us treats during giveaway days. Today, it was Easter doughnuts from Dunkin’ Doughnuts topped with pink Peeps. I am sure you know the proper etiquette for eating a Peep, but just in…

Mini Finn and Fun With Hats

It was Giveaway Day today at CRC and we always try to take interesting photos but they just, sadly, are not interesting. It’s hard to capture the pure joy and excitement of loading laundry detergent, toothpaste and backpacks into cardboard boxes and reusable bags. Here’s one from a previous giveaway: Not so much. So we…

The lunch ladies

Betsy and I love visiting our nonprofit partners. It helps us understand how to better serve them. So a couple weeks ago, we journeyed to far-off Clarksville to visit with Deborah Wydra with the Community Action Agency. They have a slew of programs that help people, but we focused on one: Old Firehouse Day Shelter….

The delivery boys

Donors don’t give to us; they give through us. CRC has a very special relationship with Tim and Ronald from Progressive Directions. They’re our friends, our collaborators and our delivery boys. Every month or so, Tim and Ronald drive the Progressive Directions truck down from Clarksville to make a pick-up at a major retailer that…