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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Playing dress up

We don’t get to dress up often. Most of the time we’re schlepping things around in the warehouse. But a few weeks ago, we got to gussy up to man (or woman) a booth at the HCA Community Day. It’s a cool deal where HCA brings all of Middle Tennessee’s nonprofits together and lets their…

Tetris it in

Let me first say that we are not professional moving people. Every time we have to make a pick up we have to rent a U-Haul and we never know exactly how much stuff we’re going to have to fit into it. So last week, we get a call from a major company here in…