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…

Paperwork

Certain things just don’t come to mind when you become a nonprofit executive. All you’re thinking about is the satisfaction of serving others and the idealism of a society in which everyone is given an even shot at the brass ring. But then comes the paperwork of running what is, in the final analysis, a…

Make a list

We are flooded. But good. There is so much water that our dumpster began bobbing and merrily made its way across the parking lot. All day Sunday I watched and waited and worried. I learned to read Corp of Engineer flood levels for the Cumberland. I prayed that the river would stay away from CRC….

Sometimes we’re clueless

Occasionally things come through the dock door that we just don’t know what to do with. Like the 32 palettes of flower bulbs. Or a giant piece of heavy-duty chain-link fence. We got a bunch of office furniture in the other day, including this odd kind of locker thing. A lot of donations just fly…

Fisher of men

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” No, Elder Johnnie B. Webb does not carry around fishing poles because he is fishing for men, or women and children for that matter. He carries around fishing poles because he likes to fish. “I went fishing this morning, and all I…

A place for everything

Well, I just can’t tell you what a frenzy of activity we had today at CRC as Betsy got to work on organizing her new shelves. It was scary. When Betsy came to CRC last January, she told me she really loved organizing things. I had no idea what that meant. She doesn’t just love…

Boy Scout with a drill

Betsy is so excited she can barely contain herself. She is an organizational freak and today was better than Christmas and her birthday put together. We have shelves in the warehouse, courtesy of Kevin Higgins, a Boy Scout working on his Eagle ranking. Kevin is the son of our board president, Chip Higgins, and back…

Musings of a homeless girl

I came across this while I was searching for something else on the internet (isn’t that always the way?). I’m meeting with a group from the Homelessness Commission this afternoon, trying to find ways CRC can help them put homeless folks in housing.  This is an excerpt from a blog written by a 19-year-old homeless…

Treasure hunt

An HCA employee helps sort merchandise at CRC One of the great things about being two chicks in a warehouse is that Betsy and I get to indulge one of our favorite hobbies – shopping – without spending a dime. Every few months, a generous major retailer sends us boxes and boxes of surplus inventory…

Excited about toilet paper

Every month or so, I go out to M&M Wholesale and visit with my friend, John. John is a liquidation wholesaler and he sells us a lot of the new personal hygiene stuff and cleaning supplies for our nonprofits. You cannot believe how much it means to our partners to get soap, shampoo and laundry…