Caritas to start expansion project next week

POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 4:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 3:33pm

WACO -- Tiffany Carroll has relied on the generosity of Caritas of Waco for eight years now.

"Me and my sister would come, we would come for diapers and food. I've also got help with my electricity twice and I always come for food," said Carroll. 

And after serving 100 families a day and 2,000 families per month, the waiting room at Caritas is bursting at the seams.

"Day after day after day there's been times where I just try back the next week," said Carroll.

But in about six months time that will all change thanks to a $100,000 grant for renovations.

The John Erwin Construction company was chosen to make it all happen.

"And that construction piece is about the biggest chunk of it. that's about 900,000 of it right there," said Rabbi Gordon Fuller, Chairperson for the Caritas Capital Campaign.

That's $900,000 out of an estimated total cost of $1.5 million after equipment, fixtures and mechanical portions of the renovation. 

A renovation that is desperately needed.

"We are able to expand this pantry the way that we need to, add the offices that we need to, put in closed-door interview rooms. We're going to be increasing our freezer space increasing our refrigerated space," said Fuller.

And fortunately for the families, the waiting room will be expanded.

"Sometimes there are people standing outside in line and I remember when it was cold people were standing outside freezing, so I mean they really really need it," said Carroll. 

The expansion project will start as soon as next week.


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