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Fran Ricketts Named Citizen of the Year...
The Top of Virginia Regional Chapter of the Chamber of Commerce has named Fran Ricketts, President of CCAP, 'Citizen of the Year'.
Fran Ricketts, C-CAP ...
Fran Ricketts, C-CAP director
..."We're suffering bad," said Fran Ricketts, the director of the organization.
has received requests from 11,440 families seeking "all types of aid" in the last eight months, Ricketts
said.That's 5 percent more than in 2007.
"If people would come here and listen to the stories and the hardships, they would know what we're up against," she
Parents come in "all the time" asking for gas money to get to a new job, Ricketts
said.Without that assistance, "they wouldn't be able to get their first paycheck." Ricketts
also mentioned a Monday visitor "who was barely surviving."A problem with drainage in his
home sent him into a panic, she
said, because he
didn't have the money to buy a bottle of Drano.
"One small thing is pushing people over the limit," she
funds have dried up drastically in the last few months, Ricketts
said it has been a struggle to raise money for a new building while trying to help clients during the economic crunch.
"We can't shortchange the work we do in the community to get a building.But without a building, we can't exist," Ricketts
said."It's a rough spot to be in." She
hopes donations will increase in the coming weeks so that C-CAP
can eventually reopen on Fridays.
"It's hard to ask for more money, but in order for us to reach out to those who are in need, we need to ask for more help," she
said."Without that, we're nothing."
For more information about C-CAP
or to learn about supporting the agency, call Fran Ricketts
Fran Ricketts, director of ...
Fran Ricketts, director of the Congregational-Community Action Project in Winchester, says she sees "on a daily basis" how homelessness can tear families apart.
Sometimes the children can stay with relatives or friends, but that isn't always an option.
commends parents who are struggling but will let Evans Home help because they "do not want the children in that type of situation" and hope the community will rally around them.
"The children need it, and it is something I think everybody feels good about when they reach out to help a child," she
The Winchester Star
They started lining up outside the church at 4:30 a.m., said Fran Ricketts, president of the Congregational Community Action Project.
One woman hugged Ricketts
and kissed her
on the cheek in thanks before heading into the fellowship hall.
Others talked to Ricketts
about receiving heating fuel assistance from C-CAP
and offered her
heartfelt ,Merry Christmas,-es.
,This is the fun part of the year,, Ricketts
More than 400 people signed up to shop for the donated gifts that filled the fellowship hall, Ricketts
, The fellowship hall at 308 N. Braddock St. will be open again today at 9 a.m., and Ricketts
said people will be able to shop until noon or until everything is gone.
The families, some wrapped in extra ...
The families, some wrapped in extra blankets to fend off the cold morning air, came to shop for more than 1,000 children, said Fran Ricketts, C-CAP president.
"This is first come, first served," she
Families are permitted to pick out seven items for each child - a coat, hat, gloves, scarf, blanket, stocking stuffer, a mug, one large gift, and one small gift, she
has had a Christmas gift program for 17 years, Ricketts
Seven years ago, it grew too big for C-CAP's
offices and moved to First United Methodist Church
A lot of the families who came Tuesday were led by single mothers or older couples who have custody of their grandchildren, Ricketts