Crisis Assistance Response Emergency Shelter

CARES operates the only emergency shelter for women and children in the Tri-Cities area. We serve the communities of Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg and Prince George.  CARES also operates a Food Pantry and Clothes Closet for low-income residents of Petersburg.  If you need help and are not sure where to turn, call CARES at (804) 861-0865.


Services for Women and Children

CARES aims to help your family return to stability, dignity, and self-reliance. We provide emergency shelter, workshops and training, networking and job searches, and more. Our educational coordinator will ensure your children are enrolled in school with supplies, provide enrichment activities, tutoring, and more.

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Community Services

Are you having trouble making ends meet? The CARES Food Pantry and Clothes Closet provides essential items to those who often have nowhere else to turn.

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How to Help

CARES Shelter has a big project starting March 9, 2023, we are in need of volunteers. Home Depot will be at the CARES Shelter on this day to continue the renovations.  CARES is excited to take the next steps with the help of Luzy Rodriguez/Home Depot to expand sheltering to families as well as women and children in order to better serve those in our community.

CARES wishes to thank all those who have committed to volunteer as we move forward. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Scott Utter of Next Evolution Consulting, LLC,  Matthew Ridout Construction Trainer at Pathways and Genevieve Lohr Social Worker at Petersburg Bureau of Police.

CARES greatly appreciates the help of volunteers. Volunteers make a positive impact in the lives of those who are struggling to overcome homelessness.

We are also in need of Brick Repointing, Floor and Wall Repair. You may contact the Operations Manager Kenya Haywood at 804-861-0865

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We’ll Put Your Goods to Good Use!



Please consider donating items on our wish list. The shelter is always in need of diapers and cleaning products. The Service Center accepts gently used clothing and household items. If you have a scout troop or church group, you can hold a food drive or collect school supplies, hats and gloves! Our families are out in all kinds of weather looking for work, housing, and attending to critical business. Umbrellas for foul weather and the summer sun are always needed.

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