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#RecoveringHope: Charlotte Rescue Mission

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 31, 2018    in


Charlotte Rescue Mission provides free, Christian-based residential recovery programs for those struggling with the disease of addiction. Their mission is to help men and women achieve long-term sobriety while also helping them find employment, stable housing, and ways to build and maintain healthy relationships. They are there for those who need a little help #RecoveringHope.

Perhaps there is no one better to put Charlotte Rescue Mission's work into words than those who have been impacted by this organization themselves. Charlotte Rescue Mission has been doing this important work for 80 years now and has helped countless individuals through their struggles with addiction. Watch the video below to hear first hand how CRM has changed lives.

 

#52Tuesdays: Recover Co-Founder Runs His First Marathon in Support of Let Me Run

Written by Maddy Stevens    on October 30, 2018    in


Bill Johnston is co-founder of Recover, a sustainable apparel company that upcycles plastic into fabric to make clothing and other gear. Let Me Run is proud to have Recover as an official merchandise partner and supplier of all of our race shirts across the country.

Each Recover Let Me Run shirt is made of 8 recycled plastic bottles and upcycled cotton, and is part of inspiring and integrating environmental education into the Let Me Run program. Together, Let Me Run and Recover have already diverted 192,000 plastic bottles from the landfill, saved over 715,200 KWH of energy, saved over 219,120 lbs of CO2 emissions, and saved 49.9 million gallons of water.

#52Tuesdays: GUTS Celebrates 10 Years of Creatives Carving Out Wishes

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 23, 2018    in


GUTS: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS of CREATIVES CARVING OUT WISHES

If you have never heard of GUTS, allow me to give you yet another reason to love this time of the year. 

In the past ten years, this family friendly pumpkin carving event has grown from a small, internal team-building activity for the employees at CRAFTED, which took place in a parking lot just outside of Uptown Charlotte, to a much anticipated community wide, friendly competition attracting hundreds of people to BB&T Ballpark- all for an amazing cause. 

#RecoveringHope: Hope Haven

Written by Grant Stimmel    on October 18, 2018    in

 

“I used and abused drugs for more than thirty years... I lost everything – my home, my family, my job. I lost me.”

Those are the words of MP, a lifelong drug addict who came to Hope Haven with absolutely nothing.

He’s now one of their biggest success stories

And he’s not alone. Hope Haven has helped thousands of Charlotte families break the vicious cycle of drug addiction since 1976.

They house hundreds of local homeless families every year who have members dealing with addiction, and help them on the road to recovery through a variety of crucial services. But counseling is just the beginning. The Hope Haven difference lies in their unique ability to provide safe, reliable housing for struggling families.

#52Tuesdays: St. Gabriel Catholic School

Written by Addie Rising    on October 16, 2018    in


“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” -Walt Disney

When St. Gabriel Catholic School parent Allison Walsh met Promising Pages Executive Director Kristina Cruise, something magical happened.

St. Gabriel Catholic School is a co-ed, K - 5th grade open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. Promising Pages is a Charlotte-based nonprofit mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships.

“After meeting Kristina at an event, I loved the idea of having a place to donate the dozens of books that my children had outgrown,” Walsh said. “As we talked further it came to me that our school might be interested doing this as one of our service projects.” 

#RecoveringHope: Dilworth Center

Written by Grace Kennedy    on October 15, 2018    in


"Our community needs to get comfortable with the uncomfortable." -Peter Browning, Dilworth Center Board Member

I drove past Dilworth Center before I successfully found it, and that's actually a good thing. 

Although our culture is making strides against the stigma and shame piled onto people suffering from addiction, it's comforting to know that their first step toward recovery doesn't have to take place in a public square like Trade and Tryon. 

Dilworth Center is tucked away off the main thoroughfare, accessible only through the back of a shopping center lot, bordered by a canopy of large trees and some private parking spots. 

#52Tuesdays: Bikers with Boxes

Written by Addie Rising    on October 9, 2018    in

“Love is the feeling you get when you like something as much as your motorcycle.” Hunter S. Thompson

Our region’s bikers love to ride, but they also love to give back, especially when it comes to helping children in need during the holiday season.

In 10 years, motorcycle enthusiasts have packed and donated more than 20,000 shoeboxes filled with holiday cheer for Operation Christmas Child through the Billy Graham Library’s Bikers With Boxes event.

Spotlight Series: #RecoveringHope

Written by Nicole Copsis    on October 3, 2018    in


This October, SHARE Charlotte’s Spotlight Series: #RecoveringHope will focus in on our local nonprofit partners that serve those in our community who are battling addiction.

The nonprofit organizations we will be highlighting this month restore hope to the hopeless through affordable counseling, rehabilitation programs, educational initiatives, and even housing and employment opportunities. These organizations make full recovery possible for individuals in our community who need a little help #RecoveringHope.

Listed below are many of SHARE Charlotte’s nonprofit partners who work to serve to those in our community who have battled or are currently battling addiction. 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.