In my book, From the Sanctuary to the Streets, I share how the ministry of Embrace Richmond was enhanced through our collaborative relationship with CARITAS, the largest shelter in Richmond, and The Healing Place, a 198 bed residential recovery program. Karen Stanley, the Executive Director of both CARITAS and The Healing Place, has become both a mentor and a friend to me. She graciously shares a portion of the CARITAS history and vision in my book. However, Karen’s passion for collaboration is not limited to Embrace Richmond, it is a way of doing business for Karen.
Karen Stanley was received the YWCA 2010 Outstanding Women Award in Human Relations and the Better Housing Coalition 2010 Groundbreakers Award for Creative Collaboration. For both awards, Karen is recognized for her creativity, commitment and leadership in joining community organizations in collaborative efforts to solve the challenges of men, women and children facing homelessness.
Karen has graciously offered to collaborate with Embrace Richmond on the promotion and distribution of my book by offering From the Sanctuary to the Streets, for sale through the CARITAS Furniture Bank. The proceeds from the sale of the book will go to benefit both Embrace Richmond and the CARITAS Furniture Bank. Books can be purchased at 1125 E. Commerce Road, Richmond Va. So stop by the furniture bank for your copy and support two great local non-profit agencies.
I am so thankful to Karen for her on-going support of Embrace and for her unfailing commitment to strengthen the homeless services system here in Richmond.