Karen O'Brien

About Karen O'Brien


United by our compassion, we help our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity. We provide long lasting solutions that bring stability to individuals and families and that strengthen our community.

Richmond, VA

Class 39 of the CARITAS Works program, a five-week job readiness and life skills program for men with significant barriers to employment.

Senior Case Manager Carolyn Leung and Day Site Coordinator Penny Dortch accept donations for the CARITAS Shelter, the largest and most inclusive shelter in Central Virginia.

The Healing Place is a long-term residential recovery program that saves lives and brings families back together, like Jordan and his mother pictured here.

The CARITAS Furniture Bank receives donations of gently used household items and furniture from donors around the city. Volunteers and AmeriCorps members help connect 800 to 1,000 families in need each year with essential items for their new homes.

What employees say

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Every day is different, but involves helping people find their true potential.

The love, culture and support.

It is fulfilling and I feel like we are one big family.