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This Caring For Others program is specifically designed for families whose income has been adversely effected by COVID-19 i.e., loss of job, furloughed, or illness. This program is specifically designed to assist with a select monthly utility bill only (i.e., either electric, gas, or water only)
Again this fall, the Atlantic Ocean brought the Southern United States two devastating hurricanes. In September, Hurricane Florence brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to the Carolinas, moving slowly and leading to devastating flooding and power outages. Just weeks later, Hurricane Michael, the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States, was a Category 4 when it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle. It leveled homes, caused damage, and took out power lines before continuing its path of destruction into Georgia, including the town of Albany where many citizens already lived in poverty.
When these natural disasters struck, Caring For Others jumped into action. With our Convoy of Care partners, we sent eight trucks with essential supplies to South and North Carolina. These needed items like clothing, diapers and bottled water were delivered to families affected by Hurricane Florence.
For Hurricane Michael victims in Albany, Georgia, a 10-truck Convoy of Care brought donated supplies. The number of individuals and families awaiting our arrival was even bigger than expected, and it pulled at our hearts.
We hope these relief efforts help the families move toward rebuilding their lives even in the smallest ways. Thank you to everyone who donated to help make these Convoys of Care successful, and lots of love to our partners: WSB-TV, AJC, Cox Radio and viewers/readers/listeners; National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); Georgia Motor Trucking Association; Atlanta Peach Movers; Georgia Coach Lines; Georgia State Patrol; GBI; Georgia Sheriffs’ Association; and Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).
Click here to watch a video from WSB-TV’s Mark Winne on the way to Albany with the Convoy of Care!
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) honored Eslene Richmond-Shockley, Founder and CEO of Caring For Others, Inc., with the Walter Lawson Community Service Award during their annual awards banquet on held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The ceremony concluded the organization’s 42nd Annual Training Conference held at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.
“To be recognized by a group as dedicated to humanity as the members of NOBLE, who put their lives at risk everyday for the benefit of other people, is truly an honor,” said Mrs. Shockley. “Providing care to people in need, whether that need is caused by a natural disaster or by the commonplace hardship of poverty, is what I feel God has called me to do through Caring For Others.”
NOBLE’s Walter Lawson Community Service Award honors the memory of the late NOBLE member Walter Lawson who died in a car accident in 1982 on his way home from the annual conference. At the time of his death, Mr. Lawson was retired from the Seattle Washington Police Department after serving 21 years as head of the department’s Traffic Enforcement division. The award is donated each year by Motorola to a person who has made significant contributions to his or her community. NOBLE officials and board members cite Mrs. Shockley’s “great work and leadership in service provided to our great country” as the reasons for her selection.
“Mrs. Shockley was awarded the Walter Lawson award because of her continuous dedicated service to underserved and disenfranchised communities,” said Clarence Cox III, NOBLE president. “She worked tirelessly in her efforts to assist NOBLE in partnership to provide aid to the Baton Rouge community through the Convoy of Care. Mrs. Shockley’s commitment to assist others during recent natural disasters ensured members of the community received much needed relief and were not overlooked. She continued her efforts to other communities including organizing relief efforts for Puerto Rico, Louisiana and Texas. These and many other selfless acts of giving of her time and energy made her an excellent fit for the Walter Lawson Community Service Award.”
Mrs. Shockley, in partnership with a group of concerned people and organizations, established the Convoy of Care in 2016 to provide food, clothing, household products and personal items to victims of natural disasters. Serving victims of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, floods in 2016 was the group’s first mission. In 2017, the Convoy of Care provided aid to storm victims in Albany, Georgia, as well as to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, and to residents of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The Convoy’s current members include NOBLE, Atlanta-based television station WSB-TV, Holland Trucking Company, a number of law enforcement officials and Caring For Others, Inc.
“I am grateful that NOBLE as well as the other people and organizations that join with us to provide this critical care to people around the world find Caring For Others an organization worthy of their partnership and time. It is a relationship of tremendous value and blessing to our mission and to the work we do to help others,” Mrs. Shockley concluded.
In April, CFO President & CEO Eslene Richmond-Shockley and CFO Board Vice Chair Crystal Khalil spent several days on the island of Antigua distributing to local families and those from nearby Barbuda who had been displaced by the fall 2017 hurricanes. Caring For Others is grateful to His Excellency Governor-General Rodney Williams and all of the Caring For Others Antigua volunteers. While hundreds of families were helped that week, the need was great.
Mrs. Shockley recounted this story from her trip to Antigua:
When we arrived at this tiny house, there were three girls there. The oldest was a beautiful teenager who was minding her little sisters. The middle girl was 10, and the baby girl was 7. The youngest girl was crying because it was her sister’s turn to wear the clothes. You see, they took turns wearing one outfit. The baby girl only had her panties on. We asked her what did she want, and she asked for a pink dress.
On this trip, we were reminded that poverty is real. It is our mission to do something about it.
At our annual Feeding Atlanta Communities food distribution on March 24, we provided thousands of pounds of fresh meats, eggs, vegetables, and fruits, as well as dry and canned goods to nearly 1,500 households – all in one day!
We were grateful to the many volunteers who joined us to make this important service to the community possible, including Georgia State University College of Law students, NOBLE, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and many others.
Because we recognize that business attire is both important and expensive, Caring For Others works with local universities and career programs to provide brand new suits, business clothing, and accessories to students. Last month, we hosted two First Impression “shopping” days with Georgia State University College of Law students and students in Year Up, a training program for young adults, which teaches marketable skills. During these fun events, students selected complimentary business attire from our CareLoft inventory so that they can make a great first impression at future job interviews. To reciprocate, students provide volunteer hours at Caring For Others. It’s a win-win!
Yesterday, Caring For Others welcomed a diverse group of thought leaders to the inaugural International Poverty Forum to discuss the current state of and solutions to local and global poverty. At Caring For Others, we are passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty, and since the founding of this organization, we have worked to give a voice to the faces of poverty.
Inspired by the Clinton Global Initiative, the International Poverty Forum (IPF) included panelists from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who seek to turn ideas into action in six key areas: food, clothing, shelter, education, health, and employment.
We were honored to be joined by moderator Justin Wilfon, WSB-TV and panelists:
* Eslene Richmond-Shockley, Caring For Others
* Dr. Tonya Malone, Atlanta Public Schools
* Maya Dillard-Smith, former head of the ACLU
* Cicely Garrett, Atlanta Mayor’s Office
* Pamela Perkins Cam, Interfaith Children’s Movement
* Shatakshee Dhongde, Georgia Institute of Technology
* Clarence Cox, National Org. of Black Law Enforcement Executives
* Yvette Cook, Usher’s New Look
* Ron Burns, Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Several supporters and friends filled the audience on this landmark day.
Out of the IPF, each member organization was charged with implementing directives in the year to come. Caring For Others plans to host an annual IPF to continue the group’s efforts at improving poverty and the lives of people living in poverty anywhere in the world.
The ERS Meeting & Event Space
The ERS Meeting & Event Space is a hidden treasure conveniently located on the south side of Atlanta, a few miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and less than a mile from the landmark Porsche Experience Center.
The facility has an industrial vibe with a hidden opulence featuring white porcelain floors, golden columns, and four spectacular crystal chandeliers. It offers a perfect escape from the city traffic for weddings, corporate events and parties.
A self-sustaining vision of Eslene Richmond-Shockley, the ERS Meeting & Event Space is a function of Caring For Others, Inc. The venue provides an elegant venue that is like nothing else available in the community.
ATLANTA’S BEST-KEPT SHOPPING SECRET
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the following guidelines are currently being implemented for the safety of our staff and shoppers:
- All customers entering are required to wear a face mask at all times (no exceptions).
- Proper 6-feet distancing will be maintained during checkout via floor markings.
- The store is deep cleaned daily.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the store.
- All employees will be wearing face masks and gloves.
CareLoft (formerly CareMart) has been crowned Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret. It is truly a community store that gives new meaning to a bargain. All of the items in the store are brand new and range from high-end to local vendors. The prices are well below retail, and the affordability allows the single mother on a tight budget to buy school clothes for her children or the young man about to enter the workforce to purchase proper business attire.
Not only does CareLoft help the community with its low prices, but all of the proceeds from the store go right back into funding Caring For Others’ core programs to assist more families and individuals.