Carpenter’s Shelter August 2015 | Newsletter | Carpenter’s Shelter

August 2015 E-News @ The Shelter

It’s August and that means one thing – back to school is just around the corner!  At Carpenter’s, we are excited to partner again with several local churches and organizations to provide backpacks and supplies, so Carpenter’s kids are well prepared for their first day of school. Students also need uniforms, shoes, and light jackets, and we are looking for individuals to sponsor a child or part of a list from the children’s Target wish lists.  Please consider signing up to buy new socks and shirts to start the school year off strong.  Contact Kelly McDermott to be matched with a list. Additionally, we are in need of Target or Walmart gift cards for families who move into the shelter in late August or September.  All clothing and gift cards are needed by August 31st.  Thank you for your generosity.


Retirement After Decades of Service

It’s not everyday that you find two people who have made over 60,000 grilled cheese sandwiches.  For over 25 years, Joyce Douglas and Sue Anderson have spent two days a week making and serving lunch for Carpenter’s Shelter clients. After many years of service, the duo has decided to put down their spatulas and retire from their Tuesday and Thursday lunch duties.

Joyce and Sue first became friends after meeting when they began volunteering at Carpenter’s Shelter decades ago.  Over the years, they have seen Carpenter’s grow from its humble beginnings in the basement of a church, served thousands of clients, and worked with various staff, but their commitment to Carpenter’s and grilled cheese Thursdays have always remained consistent.

The pair have fond memories of the shelter including accidentally serving grilled cheese sandwiches without the cheese during a major snow storm when the common area was packed with clients and having the opportunity to make and serve lunch with former Governor Bob McDonnell when he visited Carpenter’s Shelter in 2010.
Both Joyce and Sue have been incredibly generous with their time and devotion over the years, and we are beyond grateful for their unwavering support.  The grilled cheese masters will certainly be missed, but we wish them all the best as they enjoy their Carpenter’s retirement.

Making a Difference at Any Age

In the last month, several local youth have taken time from their summer vacations to think about their less fortunate neighbors and support Carpenter’s Shelter. Danielle Baker, a soon-to-be high schooler, spent the last year mentoring elementary school girls through the Read 2 Lead program at Browne Academy.  Danielle worked with the Read 2 Lead group to organize a book drive and collected over 300 children and young adult books that she donated to Carpenter’s Shelter. The children’s library at the shelter is now full of books thanks to Danielle’s efforts!

Sisters, Bryn and London, also worked this summer to end homelessness in our community.  On a warm July afternoon, Bryn and London ran a lemonade and tangerine stand with all proceeds benefiting Carpenter’s Shelter.  By the end of the afternoon, the girls had raised $42 for Carpenter’s!

Danielle, Bryn and London remind us that no matter our age, we can all have a lasting impact and work to end homelessness in our community.  Other ways for youth to support Carpenter’s Shelter include making laundry detergent (contact Rebecca Hightower for the recipe), hosting a bake sale, car wash or yard sale with proceeds benefiting Carpenter’s, or joining Circle of Hope, which provides the entire family with volunteer, fundraising and social opportunities.

Join us on Tuesday, August 25thfrom 6-7 pm for an Open House at the shelter. Tour the shelter, hear from a client, and learn about our programs! Learn more or RSVP to Peyton Plummer.

Did you know that Carpenter’s has an Amazon Wish List? Donate various items to Carpenter’s with a click of a button! Also, don’t forget to shop using Amazon Smile and 0.5% of each purchase will be donated to Carpenter’s!

Have you seen the Impact Report? Check out how many lives have been touched thanks to the support of donors and volunteers! 


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