Each year, Carpenter’s Shelter and David’s Place residents have the opportunity to participate in The Stafford Foundation’s Give Before You Get program. The Give Before You Get program gives the homeless, at-risk youth and others who are accustomed to receiving assistance, the opportunity to give back through brightening someone’s day with a visit and an unexpected Christmas gift. Longer-term, those who give will recognize this volunteer activity as an important step towards self-reliance and stability.This year, Carpenter’s residents brought unexpected Christmas gifts to a retirement home.

Carpenter’s Shelter was awarded the grand prize in the Stafford Foundation photo contest! Every year, our residents love participating in the Give Before You Get program and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with The Stafford Foundation.

Here is the winning photo: