Advocacy

We heard lots of stories about Dale Mullennix before he worked his last day on Friday, May 17. And although Dale is a man of awards and great accomplishments, most recently receiving the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from the State of North...

We are committed to housing Charlotte’s most vulnerable population, those experiencing chronic homelessness—those who are most likely to die on the streets. We meet hundreds of people at our College Street campus each day, and our Neighbor Services team works to connect people with the...

The Street Outreach Team and volunteers hit the streets of Uptown once a month starting at 9:00 PM to get a pulse on how many people are sleeping in Uptown, and who they are. It’s a chance to talk to people before they’re asleep, but...

Imagine seeing your own artwork framed up on Tryon Street for all to see! ArtWorks 945 artist Kevin had just that pleasure recently when the McColl Center for Art + Innovation included a print of his painting on their signs. Kevin created the piece with McColl...

Last August, Prince sat down in my office, defeated and worn-out. After a few moments of silence, he looked up quietly and said, “Miss Heather, what do I have to do to get an apartment of my own?” Prince had been homeless for more than three...

Think back to your freshman year of college. You met many new faces and your life suddenly opened up to dozens of activities and services. Maybe you didn't know your way around campus or what was required of you to succeed. In comes your trusty...

I saw him sitting on the stairs of the Epicenter, uncontrollably shaking and holding a cup out for money. I had never seen him before. As my Point in Time count team approached, he barely glanced up. “Good morning, my name is Allison and I...

As a social worker and a musician, HousingFest blends my passions perfectly. I’m excited to share our plans for this year’s event. What’s HousingFest? HousingFest is a music festival dedicated to ending homelessness in Charlotte. It’s guided by two simple principles: 1) Housing is a basic human...

Last month, our community completed the annual Point in Time Count Survey.  Over 150 volunteers spread out across the community to conduct a survey with people who spent the night outside.  Tricia Sistrunk was one of those volunteers.  This was her second year volunteering.  She...

[caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignright" width="550"] The Davis Lake community came together on a rainy Saturday to remember Al and raised almost $1,000 for our neighbors still experiencing homelessness.[/caption] If you want to know what community looks like, you only had to stop by Chick-Fil-A at Davis Lake...

On a humid day in July, six Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 1513 braved the heat and walked over two miles around Charlotte in the character of Kimberly, a homeless runaway, and Angela, a homeless mother. They were doing Walk in My Shoes, Urban Ministry...

Last month (January 29-31), the Urban Ministry Center had the privilege of helping lead our community’s largest effort to identify chronically homeless and unsheltered individuals.  With the help of more than 250 volunteers assigned to 29 teams spread throughout the county, we combined the annual...

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