CARITAS is the largest provider of homeless services in the Metro Richmond area. CARITAS is unique in that it fills the gaps in the homeless services system so that people in crisis can find stability in their lives now and in the future. They provide people with the basic life and job skills they need to exit shelter and return to their families, their jobs, their homes and their lives as productive citizens.
Among other programs, CARITAS provides furniture through The Furniture Bank, which provides essential furniture and household items so that the move from shelter to housing is smoother and less stressful, The Works program which prepares men (with huge barriers to employment) to rejoin the work force, and The Healing Place, a homeless shelter and long-term recovery program for addicted men. It has been nationally recognized as a model that works, with 65% of graduates remaining sober 1 year from completing.
The Round Table for Mission Development in Mexico consists of the Christian Congregational Churches of Mexico, the Fraternity of Evangelical Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) of Mexico (CICE), and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mexico. Since 2006, the Round Table has been a unique space for the three churches to do God´s mission and live out God’s reconciliation in a united way within the volatile and conflictive context of Mexican churches and overall society. Through their meetings and shared efforts in areas of theological curriculum and summer encounters, mutual recognition of ministerial orders, and their ongoing search for transparency and effectiveness in their diaconal ministries, the Round Table for Mission Development has contributed to the reconciliation of divided Mexican churches and Christians. Projects that the Round Table for Mission Development in Mexico have developed are by women of the three member churches of the Round Table. These projects are micro-credit efforts through which women take out loans at a low interest rate for family income-generation projects. Then, they pay back the loans from the proceeds of their project in order to benefit additional women with loans.