Home girl

This is Deborah Harding. She helps poor people buy homes and, lately, she’s been helping poor people who are worried about losing their homes. Deborah is the executive director of You Can Make It Home Ownership, a nonprofit that counsels first-time home buyers on the ins and outs of mortgages and lending. She also works…

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…

Stone soup

Sister Mary Acerbi works her magic in a portable classroom reconfigured as a combination kitchen and dressing room. The children who attend the Smithson-Craighead Academy, a charter school for extreme at-risk children, know that after school Sister Mary will always have something good to eat. And they also know if they show up for school…

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…

Help for the homeless

People may cross the street when they see a homeless person approaching them. It’s a natural reaction. No one wants to confront their own worst fears. There, but for the grace of God, go I. One of the most forward-thinking nonprofits in town, Urban Housing Solutions, is making real headway into building new lives for…

The lake

One of the things that happens when you buy a warehouse in November is that you discover some things the next summer that you didn’t even consider.  Like the fact that the water heater was about to blow up. And the fact that the air filters in the A.C. system hadn’t been changed in five…

Tennis anyone?

I pride myself on pretty much being able to give away anything that can be useful to someone else. I’ve given away pool tables. I’ve given away 30-gallon cans of exterior house paint. I’ve even given away a church podium. So here’s my challenge. Tennis light poles. We got a call from a lady in…