Keeping up with the times

You would not think a dock plate would elicit such gushing enthusiasm from the Chicks. In fact, you may not even know what a dock plate is. So let me take you back in time for just a second. Neither Betsy or I have degrees in warehouse management. We have had to learn as we…

The third Chick

It was somewhere around 11 a.m. four days after the May 2010 flood when I realized Betsy and I could not handle providing flood relief for thousands of people by ourselves. I called my friend, Kim. “We need a third general,” I told her. She showed up a couple of hours later. That was more…

The King Daddy of Kool-Aid

The flood of May 2010 brought many hidden blessings and one of them was Preston Bailey. Before the flood, we were amiable acquaintances. Preston would come by and pick up household items for his nonprofit, Welcome Home Ministries. But after the flood, when the Chicks were in full-on flood relief and recovery mode, Preston became…

What an idiot

More than a year ago now, I had a business phone installed in my home and had calls to the Community Resource Center forwarded here in the wake of the flood that took our warehouse. What an idiot. In the beginning, I was puffed up with pride. Look at me! I have found a way…

Saint Robert

We said goodbye to Robert today. Well, not goodbye. But, definitely, see you later. We moved some remaining inventory out of A+ Storage, our home away from home after the first days in the flood’s aftermath. Here’s how we found Robert. John Scannapieco, our board chair, urged me to quickly find a temporary warehouse. I…

Home again, jiggity jig

So Betsy and I held our first strategic planning session at the open dock door this afternoon, precisely in the same place we held our last one more than a year ago. Kim was otherwise engaged with a brand new forklift she was tremendously excited about and which we will chronicle at another time. We…

Grown up girls

Lookee here, lookee here! Where are we? We are in our new space at CRC! The furniture installers came today and brought us the most beautiful furniture imaginable. Everything matches. Betsy and Kim celebrated this milestone by forcing me to buy them lunch and then spent time assigning me menial tasks before Oyster Easter. Do…

A child trapped in an attic

“Is that still going on?” I hear it all the time about flood recovery. Yes, I reply wearily. It’s still going on. Today we had 35 cases at the warehouse, picking up new mattresses, sofas and chairs. Here are the stories: A young mother brings her 4-year-old daughter with her to pick up mattresses and…

Almost home

Blinds. We are just waiting for the blinds to arrive and then we can move in the furniture and get back to business at the CRC warehouse. We are slightly concerned…no, strike that…I am slightly concerned that I will not know how to operate all the fancy new systems for the lights and heat and…

Warehouse duty for the Titans of Industry

The Chicks play no favorites at the Community Resource Center. As the saying goes, in the end the pawns lie down with the kings. I’ve always said if the definition of a nonprofit executive director doesn’t include cleaning the toilets and taking out the trash, then you’re just not doing your job. So if you…