A few nice things

We work with the Downtown Partnership’s homeless initiative, which is basically run by one guy named Adam Ries. This is one of the few programs I know about that’s totally win-win. The partnership represents downtown businesses, which have been plagued for years by chronically homeless people, primarily men, sleeping in doorways or doing their business in places where they shouldn’t. We’re a tourist town and that’s not what Aunt Sally and Uncle Bubba came from Shreveport to see.

So rather than sort of herd the homeless around, shooing them from one place to the next, the partnership hired Adam to get the most chronic offenders off the streets and into housing. And he’s having spectacular success, in part due to the fact that he’s passionate about his mission and he has a compassionate heart for the people he’s helping.

Before

The other day, he came to CRC on a particular mission that I had not foreseen. He told me about a man he’d helped get housing. The man had a couch and an old TV. But he rarely stayed in his apartment, preferring instead to visit his neighbors. Adam asked him why. The man said that his apartment was so sterile. It didn’t look like a home. Well, CRC is full of  new decorative items that make a house a home. And we loaded Adam up.

After

It’s not House Beautiful material, but it is those little touches that personalize a home. And everyone deserves nice things. This is an aspect of my job I have a hard time explaining – the effect of a few nice things on a person’s dignity and outlook on life. But I hear it over and over from our nonprofit partners. The granny who has no relatives but was gifted a birdhouse from CRC on her birthday. The young man who’d had a tough time in life but went to a job interview in new clothes and shoes from CRC. He got the job. And a homeless guy in a new apartment…with a few nice things.

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About CRC Nashville

Who are we? We are literally two chicks - Catherine Mayhew and Betsy Everett, and a warehouse - the Community Resource Center (CRC). In short, CRC is a non-profit organization that provides household goods, furniture, and appliances to people in desperate need. Think of us as Robin Hoods – without the stealing. Catherine is a former journalist and Betsy is a marketing chick. We are both devoted to acquiring stuff – good stuff, no junk – because that’s what our most fragile citizens deserve. If you have metal desks, televisions that don’t work or underwear you don’t want anymore, don’t give it to us. We’ll sneer at you. If you are companies that have excess primo stuff like furniture in good condition, school supplies, personal hygiene items or pretty much anything else, we’ll be your new best friends. For more information: www.crcnashville.org Fan, Follow, and Friend CRC or Join our Cause CRCNashville - Twitter Community Resource Center - Facebook and Myspace Community Resource Center (CRC) - Facebook Cause

One thought on “A few nice things

  1. This is fantastic….. terrific partnership, ladies! Love the recognition of the human need for dignity….. perhaps the gentlemen relieving themselves in inappropriate places do so because they’ve forgotten they have inherent dignity…. probably been a long time since anyone reminded them in a tangible way….. just a thought.
    Brava on being part of the few who do see the significance of the little things…. which result in the big things (dignity, etc….)

    Oh…. and as a native Shreveporter I do appreciate your consideration of Aunt Sally Sue and Uncle Bubba…. we all heard that when faced with the realities of the “big city” they just ’bout lost all their well-practiced “big city smarts” ! ;D

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