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St. Joseph Sisters Embrace Call to Unity through Environmental Stewardship in New Orleans

Posted by Genevieve Morlino on Feb 23, 2021 3:48:23 PM

ssjWhat does it really mean to be one with creation? In such a difficult time as that which the world has experienced this past year, we often hear calls to be “at one” with our fellow men, to celebrate the things that unite and bring us together. The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph have a long history of promoting unity, from their origin in France to their eventual settlement in the United States in the 1800s, including New Orleans, Louisiana. The sisters have been here ever since. Their mission (derived from John 17:21: “That all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; I pray that they may be one in Us”) focuses on union with God and everyone they encounter, especially by working in “ministries that respond to spiritual, social and physical needs.” (csjoseph.org/our-mission)

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Topics: Caritas Client Appreciation

How To Drive Green

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Nov 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM

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What can the driver of a vehicle do to reduce the environmental impact of their daily commute? Cars with gas-powered engines, which is still most cars on the road today, emit harmful greenhouse gases (GHG’s) into Earth's atmosphere via their tailpipes. According to a leading organization on climate change, the Union of Concerned Scientists, "...collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas [consumed]."

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Driving Suggestions, Driving Green

Driver Safety Tips: How to Safely Road Trip During a Pandemic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Oct 15, 2020 2:07:15 PM

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With the COVID-19 pandemic persisting across the United States, Americans are facing more adversity on long road trips than ever before. Regrettably, the safest “route” for anyone to take right now is the one that keeps us closest to home. But Americans are individuals with family, responsibilities and careers, and such commitments have helped many people stay motivated during these difficult times. Furthermore, many travelers took to the highway in Summer 2020 to find a much-needed respite with nature, largely because of the lengthy quarantine. Whatever the reason, road travel is sometimes very simply unavoidable.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Racine Danish Kringles: A Family Legacy

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Dec 5, 2019 12:09:25 PM

At this time of the year, it is important to pay closer attention to the people and things that fill our lives with joy and meaning. One of Caritas Vehicle Services’ esteemed clients, a bakery company from Racine, Wisconsin called Racine Danish Kringles (RDK), lives the spirit of the season not only with their delicious pastry, but also with their generous giving to several charitable organizations. This is their story.

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Whitepaper: 5 No-Cost Ways To Enhance Your Safety Culture

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jun 11, 2019 10:44:42 AM

When operating a fleet of vehicles, the safety of your drivers is paramount to the success of your business. From company morale to return-on-investment to your public image, everything will be effected by the way you implement your safety strategy. So, we found a helpful whitepaper on Automotive-Fleet.com that has excellent advice on developing an all-encompassing safety "culture" at your organization. 

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

Felipe Smolka Urges Us To Talk About The Environment

Posted by Kyle Forbush on May 9, 2019 3:52:04 PM

hands, the young sprout and our planet EarthWe live in a highly subjective world. Indeed, one might say the entire human experience is an emotional and subjective one. But facts are not. People may use facts incorrectly, or even come up with false data in order to prove a point, but real facts do not pretend to be anything that they're not. They don't even exist for humans to use or interpret; in essence, they simply exist to hold the universe together. 

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Topics: Driving Green

The Basics of Fleet Management: Info-graphic

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Apr 9, 2019 8:04:26 AM

The_basics_of_fleet_management-1Vehicles are particularly delicate instruments of investment that, when owned by a business, should be properly tracked and managed in order to receive the greatest return possible. Thankfully, there are many experts on the topic of vehicle management solutions. One such seasoned veteran of the fleet world is our industry partner, Leaseplan. Their website contains an extensive database of blog articles & resources that are designed to help you maneuver the logistical intricacies of vehicle ownership and fleet management. 

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations, Acquisition

Driver Safety Tips: Hands-Free Is Not Risk Free (Infographic)

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 27, 2019 4:38:11 PM

Safety First written on the roadThe National Safety Council, or NSC, is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to reducing the number of workplace & on-the-road accidents that happen in the U.S. each year. According to the NSC's mission statement, they accomplish this through, "...leadership, research, education and advocacy." Caritas has found that the NSC has the most extensive knowledge base when it comes to driver safety.

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

The History Of The Automobile: Henry Ford's Model-T

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 25, 2019 3:10:39 PM

6028In our last article about The History Of The Automobile, we told the story of how a young Henry Ford left his home on a Michigan farm to become a professional engineer and inventor, tinkering with gasoline-propelled vehicles and various methods of production until his ambitions were realized. His dream was to create an automobile that was durable, easy to maintain, and affordable to the average, working-class American. He is quoted as saying that he wanted to, "...build a car for the great multitude...so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one." A noble vision on Ford's part. However, the production of such an invention would require a significant amount of old-school trial and error. 

Ford conceived a series of automobiles, beginning with the Model A and ending in 1908 with the twentieth model intended for production. Ford named it the Model T, after the twentieth letter in the alphabet. Despite the lack of creativity in its naming process, Ford's newest invention would alter the course of American history by contributing to the growth of a strong middle class, driving an influx of immigrants and rural peoples to cities, influencing American culture, and revolutionizing industrial mass production. 

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Driver Safety Tips: Ending Distracted Driving

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Mar 24, 2019 1:09:30 PM

Beautiful businesswoman sending a text while driving to workOur world of instant gratification and hand-held technology makes it so that distractions are completely inevitable. Every web-page you visit has targeted advertising, every app on your phone tries to send you notifications more often than anyone needs them, and social media has transformed into something of a feigned competition to update all of your friends on everything from momentous events like the birth of your child to unnecessary minutiae, such as the photogenic tacos you ordered. In fact, you're likely bouncing back and forth between web browser tabs as we speak. Meanwhile, I forgot why I was writing this article in the first place because the Chess app on my phone informed me that it's my move.  

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Topics: Driver Safety, Driving Suggestions

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