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#SpotlightOnCLT: Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency

Written by Grant Stimmel    on June 6, 2019    in


105 words rest beneath the Statue of Liberty.

They were written 136 years ago.

Time has taken its toll on the brass inscription.

The words, once crisp, have faded.

And maybe, their meaning has too.

Every two seconds, someone around the world is displaced from their home. Driven away from everything they know by violence, war, or relentless prosecution.

68 million people — 43 since you started reading this article.

And the clock keeps ticking, and ticking, and ticking. 25 million are refugees. Forced to leave their home country, looking, as we all are, for a chance at a better life.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Immigrant and Refugee Populations of CLT

Written by Nicole Copsis    on June 4, 2019    in


Did you know there are an estimated 1,076,837 people who call Mecklenburg County “home”?  With native Charlotteans being referred to as “Unicorns” because they are so hard to find, it's no surprise that the majority of people who live in our vibrant city migrated here from elsewhere. Many of those people being immigrants and refugees who are resettling here for a new life and bringing their own culture and traditions to our ever-growing city.

Since the mid-1990’s, approximately 17,000 refugees have resettled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Additionally, an estimated 130,000 immigrants live in our wonderful city, making up about 14% of Mecklenburg County’s total population,

#SpotlightOnCLT: Charlotte Family Housing

May 30, 2019    in

Written by Amy Andrews

Charlotte Family Housing challenges just about every preconceived notion you might have about a shelter.

They are the only nonprofit in the Charlotte area that keeps the whole family together – children, mothers and fathers – in fresh, bright, dignified spaces with an empowerment model that is central to their existence.

What does that mean? In order to qualify for shelter, parents must be employed and work with Charlotte Family Housing staff to create a budget, save a portion of their income and attend classes about financial literacy. For families with parents who are often working more than one job and still struggling to make ends meet, Charlotte Family Housing provides a much-needed path to self-sufficiency.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Rebuilding Together, Of Health and Housing

Written by Eden Estabrook    on May 21, 2019    in


Housing is a big factor in the area of health.

Surprised?

It makes sense if you think about it: If someone is to live a healthy life, they need a healthy environment. If they’re in a healthy environment, they’ll be able to work, go to school, and live an active life.

But, maintaining a healthy environment isn’t always feasible. Anyone who’s owned a house knows that home ownership comes with great financial responsibility. On top of that, the condition of our home has major impacts on the wellbeing of individuals and our community, yet some can’t afford the financial strain that home upkeep requires due to limited incomes.

That’s where Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte steps in.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Supportive Housing Communities

Written by Holly Blackman    on May 20, 2019    in


The foundation of Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs pyramid, you pysiological needs (food, water, warmth, rest), are probably met and checked off the list on ay given day. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re probably more focused on the higher levels of the pyramid:  Love, Self-Esteem, and perhaps, Self-Actualization. Your desire to learn more about SHARE Charlotte’s partner Supportive Housing Communities and your ability to take interest in others means the basics are covered - you have shelter, food, clothing, and safety.

However, this is not the case for many people sleeping on the streets, in abandoned buildings, or on benches of our own City. On any given night, more that 2,000 men, women, and families lack a safe place to sleep.

#SpotlightOnCLT: The Housing Partnership

Written by Grant Stimmel    on May 6, 2019    in


They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Guess the Counting Crows were onto something.

From the Carolinas to California — and every big city in between — explosive growth has caused transformational change to the places we all call home. In Charlotte, we’ve seen skyscrapers smother single-family homes and big business take over once charming neighborhoods.

Of course this growth has brought fantastic opportunities to our city. More jobs, more dining, more stuff to do. These are good things, yes. But there’s a balance.

Where are we supposed to live?

#SpotlightOnCLT: Affordable Housing Crisis

Written by Nicole Copsis    on May 2, 2019    in


With an estimated 60 people moving to Charlotte every single day, it is no secret that the Queen City has been growing rapidly in recent years. But with more residents comes a bigger demand for affordable housing, one that Charlotte has not been able to supply, causing a crisis. Before we dive into this month's focus, we have to first understand what we are talking about when we talk about affordable housing. The definition of affordable housing is "housing for which the occupant(s) is/are paying no more than 30 percent of his or her income for gross housing costs, including utilities."

#SpotlightOnCLT: Yours, Mine and Everyones' Sister's House

Written by Holly Blackman    on March 28, 2019    in


Lately, I have noticed more homeless women in Charlotte standing on street medians - I don’t have the data, just noticed more faces I, unfortunately, try to avoid. However, as a new friend and writer, Melissa LaCross reminded me, “Acknowledging someone’s humanity leaves space

For dignity

For grace

For growth.”

And I’ve just come across a SHARE Charlotte partner who is doing just that. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program, which operates under the leadership of Friendship Community Development Corporation, first began at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church as an overflow shelter for the Center for Hope.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Women's Health and Wellness

Written by Nicole Copsis    on March 4, 2019    in

Women’s Health & Wellness

 

In honor of Women's History Month, SHARE Charlotte will be celebrating nonprofit organizations who focus specifically on Women's Health and Wellness, keeping the women of Charlotte safe, healthy, cared for and connected.

With the celebration of women’s achievements both past and present happening on a national scale in March, we are here to contribute to the conversation by highlighting the local organizations that serve women all year long.

Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who focus on Women’s Health and Wellness. Read how they serve our community as well as how you can get involved with these organizations. You can also click here to explore all of our nonprofit partners who are not featured on this list but who may also serve a similar sector of need.

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