Our next highlighted organization is Caritas, an important source of assistance for those experiencing poverty and homelessness in Austin.
It has been more than 50 years since Caritas began serving the homeless community in Austin. Over 20,000 people every year benefit from the services they provide. Within a year they typically serve 85,000 meals from their community kitchen, and provide another 45,000 meals in groceries give to their clients. About 900 classes are conducted on topics ranging from money management to workforce development, and nearly 500 individuals will be placed in jobs.
Caritas provides a wide array of services to their clients, so there are many ways that you can help year round by donating! For those families and individuals who find housing through the assistance programs, general household items are needed such as kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, and linens. You can host a food drive to help the Caritas Pantry stay stocked with items such as canned goods and cereal. Check their website here for donation times and a full list of needed items.
Right now there are opportunities to donate to the Home for the Holidays drive. Here are several ways you can make a difference in the lives of Caritas clients this holiday season!