A wonderful, purposeful Thanksgiving week event as we joined together to prepare 500 CarePaks for the homeless. Many family members were able to join in; adults and children alike. Everyone worked hard, completing all the packing in less than 4 hours. We all had a lot of fun though. A job well done followed by a lovely common meal and short meeting of the newly formed Board of Directors, facilitated by our Chair: Gabrielle Thompson.
In addition to direct distribution to the homeless by CareCom team members, our goal is to support other noteworthy organizations. To that end we are excited to announce our first partner – The Contributor – headed by Executive Director Cathy Jennings.
Founded in 2007, The Contributor is a nonprofit, social enterprise in Nashville that was created to provide an earned income opportunity for homeless and formerly homeless individuals. Vendors interview, train, and purchase newspapers for $.50 and sell it for $2.00. By building their newspaper sales micro businesses, vendors create community with their customers and gain a restored sense of purpose, pride and dignity. The Contributor street paper is printed twice a month and offers news and information from a different perspective than other media outlets.
We have the privilege of supporting this great organization by providing CarePaks for their 150-200 street Vendors this coming Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We are excited about this new growth opportunity!