News & Events

News & Events

Roof Above announces $500,000 gift from Duke Energy Foundation to help expand supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness

We are thrilled to announce a $500,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation to foster the development of supportive housing for people who have been chronically homeless for a year or longer.

The gift will go toward our efforts to replicate the success of Moore Place, our 120-unit apartment community that provides housing and on-site services to address issues that can hamper residents’ ability to keep housing. Moore Place has a retention rate of more than 85% and has dramatically decreased the frequency and cost of emergency room treatment for those who become residents.

“We know permanent housing with on-site supportive services can end chronic homelessness, and we are so grateful for Duke Energy Foundation’s investment in this proven strategy,” said Roof Above CEO Liz Clasen-Kelly. “This gift will not only will help our most vulnerable citizens but also will benefit our larger community.”

The Duke Energy Foundation hopes its investment will prompt other donors to rally around the development of supportive housing with additional funding. In appreciation, Roof Above will name learning labs for Duke Energy at its emergency shelter under construction on Statesville Avenue and at its next supportive housing project.

“This work would be impossible without philanthropists and corporate partners like Duke Energy who are willing to take on what we believe is one of Charlotte’s most pressing issues,” Clasen-Kelly said.

“Providing support for chronic homelessness is an important part of powering the vitality of our communities”, said Duke Energy’s North Carolina president, Stephen De May. “We want to be part of solutions to help create equal access opportunities for our local community.”

Read the full press release here.

Our New Name: Roof Above!

Roof Above logo

One year has passed since Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte joined forces as a single organization to have a greater impact on our mission to end homelessness. Now we are proud to announce our new name: Roof Above!

We are excited to move forward with a name that describes our combined work in a simple and aspirational way. “Roof Above” tells you what we do. Whether through our shelters or our housing programs, we are committed to providing the safety, protection, and dignity of a roof above. “Roof Above” is also meant to serve as an aspirational call to what we want everyone in our community to have – above all else, the simple comfort of a roof to call one’s own.

In the days ahead, you will see us begin to replace all Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte brands with Roof Above, including our new website – RoofAbove.org – to be fully introduced in the coming months.

Please follow us on social media (@RoofAbove): Facebook/RoofAbove,  Twitter/RoofAbove, Instagram/RoofAbove

COVID-19 Response

We are open and operating, but with limited capacity.

Link to greatest needs and how you can help (updated often): Wishlist

Communication from Liz Clasen-Kelly on 6/26/20

Previous updates: 5/16 4/19, 4/3, 3/23, 3/17, 3/12

$1 Million Howard R. Levine Foundation Gift Enables Groundbreaking for Shelter

We are excited to break ground this week (May 4-8) on a new emergency homeless shelter after receiving a generous $1 million gift from the Howard R. Levine Foundation. In recognition of the significance of the gift, the new shelter will be named in Mr. Levine’s honor. The $4.4 million project is needed to replace the current shelter located at 3410 Statesville Avenue, and the Levine gift has provided the leverage needed to begin the project.

The newly constructed shelter will replace the existing aging and inadequate facility on the same property. The old warehouse converted for an emergency winter shelter in 2005, was designed to meet only the most basic needs – a place for men to stay warm, dry and clean.

The new shelter will be designed not just to meet the basic needs of its guests, but also to help men emerge from homelessness with office space for on-site case management for housing and employment services. The new facility will also add a cooking kitchen, guest laundry services, and a group room for classes and a mobile computer lab. The new shelter will mimic the recently renovated N. Tryon facility, with most beds in sleeping pods, creating a more private and distanced environment.

Other major funders for the project include Honeywell ($500,000 announced earlier this year), Springsteen Family Foundation, and The Lucille P. & Edward C. Giles Foundation.  North Carolina Housing Finance Agency is supporting the project with a $500,000 loan and Charlotte City Council recently approved a $800,000 grant from the City’s Housing Trust Fund.  Construction is estimated to take nine months, with the expectation of guests being able to move in at the end of next winter.  Read the full press release here

Open Positions

The Motel Dorm Project is hiring a Motel Staff Position.

Rapid Rehousing is hiring a Housing Retention Specialist

Men’s Shelter is hiring a Second Shift Supervisor

Link Housing is hiring a Case Manager

Kings on Lamar is hiring a Housing Navigator

HousingFest on Hiatus for 2020

Mandolin Orange

As we continue the work of merging, renaming, and re-branding two organizations, we are taking a one-year hiatus from HousingFest–our concert to end homelessness and the arts/music events that lead up to it. The next year will give us time to assess and reformulate our events to maximize both awareness and fundraising for our new organization.

HousingFest’s monthlong arts and music events culminated on June 20, 2019, with a concert to end homelessness at Knight Theater. Mandolin Orange was the highlight of the evening, headlining an event that also featured education, art, and opportunities to engage. Read more here: $62,000 Raised to Put Housing First  

Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter Merged

It’s official!  Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are legally one organization. In coming months, you will continue to see both “Men’s Shelter of Charlotte” and “Urban Ministry Center” separately or co-branded, until our board finalizes our unified brand later this fall. For more information: FAQ link

Kathy Izard Books

You may have seen volunteer Kathy Izard on the Today Show in January! What they didn’t mention is that Kathy’s acclaimed book, The Hundred Story Home, was re-released last summer by Harper Collins and now she’s also released a children’s book, A Good Night for Mr. Coleman.

If you are looking for inspiration, for listening to that whisper, or how to help your community with issues of homelessness, these books will not disappoint. Sold at local bookstores and online at Amazon.

Charity Navigator gives UMC Four Star Rating

We are honored to share that Charity Navigator’s annual evaluation of Urban Ministry Center has come back at an overall score of 91.33/100 and we continue to be a four-star charity.

Click here to see our full profile and report

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