Cleveland NonProfit helps neighbors in need move past poverty

CLEVELAND, Tenn (WDEF) – The Caring Place in Cleveland Tennessee provides access to basic resources and opportunities to help their community members move past poverty.

This nonprofit organization is based on love and faith and is committed to helping their residents beat the odds.

The Caring Place provides food, clothing, social services and spiritual support at no cost to those in need. Their mission is to help Bradley County residents go from surviving to thriving. 

“We recognize that the needs are great, especially for the families that are facing poverty specifically with housing needs and things that help them for those next steps. We know that we can’t do everything but we want people to have good access to homes because we want good jobs in our community. You can’t have good jobs if you don’t have good housing. We want to be able to attract and continue our economic growth here locally,” says Corinne Freeman, Executive Director of The Caring Place. 

Over the last year and ½ , the pandemic has taken a huge toll on families who were already struggling to stay afloat. 

“Through the pandemic a lot of families found themselves questioning and assessing what are the steps that I need to take to move forward , what changes do I have control over, and what changes do I need to advocate for in my community. A lot of those families that were really just barely getting by found themselves spiraling down and trying to stay on top of things. Currently we have had a decline in the need for basic resources of food and clothing, however our social work services have seen an increase In a continued need for services related to housing and long term stability,” says Freeman. 

The Caring Place uses the C.A.R.E method to connect, advocate, restore, and empower their clients. Their food pantry, Sac Pac program, and clothing department alone –serve more than 2,000 families in need per month.

“What this provides and affirms is that this is not all on you. This is an issue. Your housing costs aren’t affordable. Being able to give that reassurance is something that takes the weight off and makes you know that you are not alone. You are not walking through this by yourself,” says Freeman. 

If you would like to learn more about the Caring Place or in need of resources click here

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