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#52tuesdays: Men's Shelter of Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on February 28, 2017    in

While a main function of Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is as an emergency shelter for men, the organization also works to end homelessness for each man by providing services needed to make that happen.

Over the last three years, the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte has helped more than 1,200 men move home.

Last weekend, Michael and Ronnie were able to move into their new home with the help of Crisis Assistance Ministry. These two friends met at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and decided to work together to better their lives. “I told [the staff at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte] that I wanted to be a success story,” Ronnie said. 

SHARE Charlotte Spotlight Series

Written by Addie Rising    on February 28, 2017    in
Each month, SHARE Charlotte is committed to showing how our city is connected through its nonprofit organizations. We will explore themes and issues that are important to us all and highlight how Charlotte's nonprofits are working toward building a better city. At the end of the day, they need our help. We hope you'll find an organization, a cause or a way to give back that is meaningful to you.
Homelessness in Charlotte

Give a SHARE: Party at the Lake, Music Factory or Donate Baby Items

Written by Addie Rising    on February 27, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.

Did you know that Thursday, March 2 is Read Across America Day.  The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

Spotlight: Hope House Foundation

Written by Addie Rising    on February 23, 2017    in

Several miles north of Uptown tucked in an accessible residential area is Hope House Foundation and more specifically, the actual Hope House. 

Stepping inside Hope House, signs of hope are everywhere -- in the decor, the cheerful faces of the staff and the brightness that the home exudes. The home provides shelter and acts as a much-needed reset button for women looking to make changes and set a different course for their lives.

Hope House provides housing and support services for single unaccompanied women or women with children experiencing situational homelessness. The home has 12 beds in a pleasant congregate living environment to encourage transformative life choices. Hope House helps women from various backgrounds, age groups, and from all walks of life.

SHARE Hero: JJ Twer

Written by Addie Rising    on February 22, 2017    in
“You don't have to wait to be an adult to change the world,” is something said often and taken to heart in the Twer family.

JJ Twer, 11 (through Urban Ministry Center’s Room in the Inn program) has been serving and sitting down to have dinner with Charlotte’s homeless neighbors since she was just two years old.  

“[JJ] talks to them; she asks about their families,” JJ's mom Paige Twer said. “She has read to them.  She has had conversations with them that at first makes me want to go and interrupt, but instead I listen and I see how she connects with them.”  

Last year for JJ's 10th birthday she wanted to do something with purpose. She decided that she just could not imagine feeling forced to live on the streets during the upcoming cold winter months. And that’s how JJ’s Scarf Project was born. Paige thought they might take a dozen or so scarves and tie them to trees in Uptown Charlotte to be found. 

#52tuesdays: Charlotte Rescue Mission

Written by Addie Rising    on February 21, 2017    in
Charlotte Rescue Mission's Rebound campus for men just on the outskirts of Uptown bustles with a hopeful energy for its residents, one-time homeless men struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs. A screen with the week's schedule is filled from wake-up at 5:45 a.m. until lights out at 10:30 p.m. with meetings, devotions, activities and chores to keep the 150 residents invested in their treatment. 

SHARE Hero: Lesley Faulkner

Written by Addie Rising    on February 15, 2017    in
I met Lesley Faulkner as we volunteered together with our daughters for one of our church’s Room in the Inn nights. It was a Friday night in December and my first time with Room in the Inn. (Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center (UMC) has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, Dec. 1 - March 31). We prepared dinner and dined with our guests. I quickly learned about her involvement with Urban Ministry Center and how deeply she cares about these neighbors. She’d met one of our Room in the Inn guests earlier in the day during her weekly front-desk shift at UMC.

#52tuesdays: Teaching Fellows Institute

Written by Addie Rising    on February 14, 2017    in

Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI) recognizes and honors the Charlotte area’s outstanding teachers and provides opportunities that further develop their leadership and professional expertise in order to retain outstanding educators in the profession. Teachers will share best practices, explore the art and science of teaching, and be encouraged to become educational advocates and community leaders.

Teaching Fellows InstituteDuring #GivingTuesdayCLT, TFI raised enough funds to train teachers in how to code the Raspberry Pi 3, a goal three years in the making!

Give a SHARE: Enjoy A Bosnian Dinner to Support Local Refugees

Written by Addie Rising    on February 13, 2017
Each week we'll SHARE easy ways to jump in and make a difference right now.

Did you know that Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. (History.com)

Homelessness in Charlotte: What Can We Possibly Do About It?

Written by Addie Rising    on February 9, 2017    in
Throughout the month of February, SHARE Charlotte will explore homelessness in Charlotte by looking at the work of some of our nonprofit partners and their volunteers.  You may see a lot of terms that are helpful to know. See our glossary to help navigate the issue.

Charlotte is thriving, growing by leaps and bounds. Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the country ranking 10th in population growth among U.S. cities with at least 50,000 residents, 2015 census estimates showed. Traffic seems to increase daily and brand new, expensive apartment buildings are going up all over town. 

Homelessness in Charlotte: Be Part of the Solution

Written by Addie Rising    on February 9, 2017    in
There are a few upcoming events in the community to bring awareness to and offer ways to support our homeless neighbors. If you would like to get involved in helping Charlotte's homeless community, consider: 

RunningWorks:  CLTRuns4Wards
Feb. 20-24

During the week of Feb. 20-24, RunningWorks invites everyone to join its team along with other runners in the Charlotte area who have pledged to pay it forward and run the city’s four wards, delivering backpacks filled with basic necessities to improve the quality of life for those experiencing hardest of times. 

Supportive Housing Communities Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 a.m.

Spotlight: Perfect Provisions

Written by Addie Rising    on February 8, 2017    in
Barbara and Garry Wilder followed their hearts and a call as they began providing much-needed meals to students at Thomasboro Elementary in 2011. Perfect Provisions began as a drive from Monroe, N.C. toward Uptown Charlotte to deliver 75-100 homemade bagged lunches each week. Now, Perfect Provisions is a mobile soup kitchen serving 750-800 hot meals each month to Charlotte's homeless neighbors.

In 2015 the Wilders acquired a food truck to begin delivering meals. They started at Ravenwood Hills Apartments, a low-income community near Thomasboro. They also began serving meals to Charlotte's homeless neighbors outside the Men's Shelter of Charlotte and The Salvation Army's Center of Hope. The Wilders hope this year they can expand their services buy acquring a second food truck and storage space.

#52tuesdays: Remember November

Written by Addie Rising    on February 7, 2017    in
Every Tuesday we're looking at our nonprofit partners and what they've been up to since #GivingTuesdayCLT. But this week, we thought we'd revisit the 2016 campaign with this video produced by Wheelhouse Media / Wheelhouse Foundation:

2017 #GivingTuesdayCLT Recap from SHARE Charlotte on Vimeo.

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Homelessness 101: What Does it All Mean?

Written by Addie Rising    on February 6, 2017    in

Whenever there's a discussion of homelessness and the organizations that work to help these people in our community, it's very easy to get lost in a sea of acronyms and terms that seem foreign. We've compiled a list of terms you may see as you learn more about this issue in Charlotte:

Affordable Housing
Housing, either ownership or rental, for which a household will pay no more than 30% of its gross annual income.

Child Only Households
Households where all members are under the age of 18.