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Hapeville organization makes community first priority
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
August 02, 2012 03:03 PM | 1921 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br Caring for Others founder and owner Eslene Richmond-Shockley looks through new items.
Staff / Joe Livingston
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When Eslene Richmond-Shockley founded Caring for Others 10 years ago, she had one goal in mind: helping those in her community who were in need to lead a rounder, more fulfilled life.

“Caring For Others, Inc., exists to help people who do not have the basic necessities to live with dignity,” she said. “We are committed to giving those in need a chance for a better life or a second chance for a better quality of life.”

In the decade since Caring For Others was founded, strides have been made, including becoming a regional distribution center for national nonprofit partners.

Additionally, numerous programs have been both initiated and sustained such as youth mentoring and education, life skills training, supplementary assistance for seniors and the disabled, disaster relief, rent, mortgage, utility and rent assistance and a new furniture and clothing bank.

All these programs are deemed effective, Richmond-Shockley said, because of the smaller size of the nonprofit.

“Caring for Others is present to the community in the way the community needs us,” she said. “We are small enough to be personal and large enough to make a difference.”

The organization has several events coming up, all of which are intended to be of significant impact to the community.

Residents will soon be able to enroll in the annual community holiday giving program.

Registration will begin on Aug. 20 and conclude on Oct. 25.

“This year we are going to enroll about 500 clients, first-come, first-served,” Richmond-Shockley said.

A few weeks ago, the nonprofit wrapped up its annual community day, during which clothing and school supplies were distributed, as well as neighborhood children working in the community garden.

Events and programming have proven to still be successful, in light of the challenging economic climate.

Richmond-Shockley said these days, the battle to work within space constraints and obtaining funding remains an ongoing issue.

“For a while now we have needed more office and warehouse space, more vendor partnerships, more donations and more volunteers,” she said. “We have certainly pressed on with the little but we have managed to help more. Each year we have miraculously found solutions to our needs before we ran out of food or money.”

Faith, what Richmond-Shockley said is the main thing there has been no shortage of, has continuously helped propel the organization forward.

“We believed and had faith that everything we needed would be given unto us somehow,” she said. “It was that same faith throughout the years that allowed us to 10 years of restoring hope, ten years of laughter and ten years of triumphs.”

Caring for Others is at 3537 Browns Mill Road, Suite 2, in Atlanta.

Information: (404) 761-0133.
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