Welcome to The Caring Place
The Caring Place envisions a community where everyone has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. Our mission is to provide access to the basic resources and opportunities our neighbors need. At The Caring Place we CARE by meeting needs with love as we: Connect, Advocate, Restore, Empower and Equip.
We desire to partner with our neighbors and our community to make lasting, positive change. By helping our neighbors move from surviving to thriving, we are helping all of our community to thrive. Every member of our community has something valuable to contribute to our community as a whole. We believe we are called to meet needs with love in order to exemplify the love of Christ for all. We invite you to join us in this vision of a thriving and loving community.
We rely on the support of neighbors helping neighbors to fulfill our mission. We are currently blessed with support from 53 churches, representing 12 different denominations in Bradley County, 134 active volunteers, 152 business and organizations and eleven staff members working together in unity and love to serve our community.
C.A.R.E leads to Change
A Message From The Executive Director Regarding Operations During COVID-19 –January 2021
As we enter into 2021, The Caring Place remains committed to meeting needs with love and safely serving our neighbors. Hours for serving food and clothing will be Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm. Our clothing building will remain at limited capacity; we will do our best to meet immediate clothing needs during our hours of operation.
Cleveland, TN – We are committed to continuing to serve the community during this challenging time. The rise in new COVID-19 cases in our community has had an impact on many in our community, including The Caring Place. With the rise in cases locally, we will not have the volunteer capacity to continue our normal operating schedule at this time. Effective January 4th, 2021, we will be open for food and clothing services Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm as well as continuing our Tuesday night services from 5 pm to 7 pm. Donations of food will continue to be accepted during this time. Donation hours for clothing on Monday and Thursday from 12 pm to 2 pm remain unchanged as do remote social work services. This new schedule will help us to have volunteer capacity, alternate staff, limit any potential future exposure and allow us to continue meeting needs with love for our community.
We take seriously the need to follow recommended health guidelines to best mitigate the risk to our neighbors, volunteers, and staff. We will continue to require masks, properly worn, by all staff, volunteers, and neighbors entering the building. Touchless temperature checks of all staff and volunteers prior to their shift and for those shopping in our clothing department. All staff and volunteers will complete the symptom screening as recommended by the Tennessee Retail Pledge. In addition, frequent hand washing and sanitization per CDC guidelines are required for all staff and volunteers. We have a five-phase reopening plan. We are currently in Phase 3, which involves no contact vehicle registration, remote social work services, and clothing services on a limited capacity basis. We will not consider moving to Phase 4 until our local county has reduced daily cases for a consistent time. It is important to The Caring Place that our neighbors and friends are informed and involved. We want to make sure all the pertinent facts and information are confirmed prior to doing so in order to be transparent and truthful. We are readily available for comment or questions.
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