RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mattresses are stacked up on a cart, as a CARITAS volunteer pulls it through the warehouse.
Across the room, a man and two women sort plates and flatware.
From the big and heavy items to the small and fragile ones, everything must go.
“It is a huge project,” admits Sandy Morris, the CARITAS Furniture Bank program manager.
It started in March when developers moved up their timeline to turn the current CARITAS building on Commerce Road into affordable housing.
CARITAS had not been planning to move until late next year when construction on its new headquarters wraps up.
The staff scrambled to find a temporary space for the furniture bank, its offices and CARITAS Works, a life and job skills training and job placement program.
“We’re moving from an 80,000 square foot building to a 25,000 square foot building,” explains Morris.
The tighter fit means CARITAS has not taken in as many donations.
Online auctions like this one are also helping to lessen the inventory that will move.
During this transitional time, CARITAS is determined to still serve 900 families as it would any other year.
“Our clients are still our main priority,” says Morris. “Anyone who is willing to help us, we’d love for them to help.”
CARITAS needs more manpower to finish the move by mid-June, so it can launch the Furniture Bank program at the new location on July 1.
Anyone who is interested in helping with the move, can sign up through HandsOn Greater Richmond.
According to its website, CARITAS operates with a mission to help “our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity.”