Eslene Richmond-Shockley is a special person. The Guyanese-born humanitarian, founder and CEO of Caring for Others, Inc. whose goal is to eradicate food insecurity globally, on May 15, officially opened a 25,000-sq ft. facility to increase daily distribution, to more than 80,000 pounds of food.
Richmond-Shockley, who grew up in the small village of Nabaclis on the East Bank of Demerara, said the opening of the 3501 Browns Mill Rd. South Atlanta Food Bank, is a culmination of her lifelong passion for helping others.
During an interview with the media, the charitable lady said: “It was a blessing to give something back to my adopted country. The positive impact of this facility on the revitalization on the south side of Atlanta is enormous.”
“Our goal is to eradicate food insecurity, which in turn will help end poverty once the stress and food costs are taken off plates,” said Richmond-Shockley.
“The pandemic has exacerbated the need for basic needs and shaken us to the core. But because of the goodness of humanity around us, Caring For Others was able to maintain and grow our business through the opening of the South Atlanta Food Bank,” she added.
According to reports, a health crisis forced Richmond-Shockley to rethink the meaning of her life, as such; she quit a 15-year corporate job to focus on helping others. In 2001, with $25 and a higher calling, she started Caring For Others.
She had initially rented part of a warehouse for three months at a price of $1.
From its humble beginnings, Caring For Others has grown to buy and expand the building.
The compassionate lady, who launched the human services organization over 14 years ago to provide meaningful improvement in the life of people living in poverty, has brought much needed help to residents in the Tiger Bay Georgetown, Guyana Community.
The phenomenal giver has also aided citizens of Belize, Antigua, the Philippines, Nigeria, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and many more people across the United States.
Richmond-Shockley who has been described as passionate and dedicated to charity work through her non-profit, offers nine signature programs ranging from sending a convoy for care to disaster-hit areas, to creating international microeconomic centers, according to reports.
The organization’s sponsors and supporters include the Perry Foundation, Life University, Porsche North America, Sister Diamonds, Nabaclis Partners, GCI Graphics, the Harold Gerlitsch Feed The Needy Fund, Amazon Fresh and the Regions Bank.
Caring For Others and the South Atlanta Food Bank could be reached via www.caring4others.org, to make a donation.