Not allowed

We have very nice warehouse space for an industrial area. Quiet street, except for the cement plant across the way that sounds a siren every time the conveyer belts rev up to pour cement. Fine dining establishments such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and the Sonic just up the road. Heck, we even have a lovely view…

Socks

Today we gave away socks, really good heavy duty socks. We gave away blankets and we gave away gloves. Della Baker from the Mental Health Cooperative was telling me yesterday that case workers go out to seek their homeless clients to give them something to drink, a snack and a pair of socks. “They never…

The tree of life

We are the “supply line” to troops battling on the front lines. We like to visit with our partner agencies to see first hand the struggles they contend with every day. Yesterday, we went to the Room In The Inn, a program that serves chronically homeless people. It was inspiring, to say the least. Room…

And best of all, it’s free!

If you’re a nonprofit looking for some free labor, check out the Community Service arm of Metro Courts. They have a free pool of folks who have to do court-ordered community service. You can use them for pretty much anything – cleaning up neighborhoods, doing minor repairs, cleaning up after fund-raising events. We’re going to…

Nerds on parade

In our line of work, the thrill of the hunt is finding stuff that our nonprofit partners want and then giving it to them. It’s a good thing to give people what they want. So our warehouse is in a constant state of flux. This is what it looked like in late December, after the…

What Christmas looks like

We don’t often brag on ourselves, but we got the  nicest letter from the Mental Health Cooperative and thought we’d share part of it. Evelyn Yeargin, the director of advocacy, writes: “The holiday gifts the Community Resource Center donated to Mental Health Cooperative’s consumers serviced around 200-300 consumers. MHC staff was very happy to wrap…

Ice skating at CRC

Baby, it’s cold outside. It seems even colder when you work in a warehouse which you refuse to heat because you’re just too cheap (except when Betsy begins to turn blue and I relent for health reasons only). Southerners are not noted for their enthusiasm over cold weather. But with 19-degree weather we have snow…

This is what we want for Christmas

Sometimes when visitors come to CRC and find an empty warehouse, they’re not too impressed with what we do. But an empty warehouse is precisely the point, because if there’s nothing much in the warehouse that means our “stuff”  is in the hands of people who need it. This is what our warehouse looks like…

And more volunteers

Now here’s an efficient volunteer. Sydney was asked to sort coloring books and what better way to do that but to get in the box for extra scrutiny. Sydney was one of a group of volunteers who spent their weekend at CRC helping us get ready for the giveaway. Some of them were Betsy’s friends…

We love our volunteers

The first day of the Christmas Giveaway has been one of the easiest ever and it’s all because of our wonderful volunteers. Over the weekend, Betsy marshaled a small army of volunteers to come to the warehouse to sort giveaway items and start making the piles for each agency to pick up. We do this…