About Roof Above
Housing is the solution to homelessness.
Roof Above exemplifies both our aspirations and the actions we take to end homelessness;
to ensure everyone has a safe, affordable roof above their head.
Roof Above is an interfaith nonprofit.
OUR MISSIONTo unite the community to end homelessness, one life at a time.
Roof Above was born out of the merger of Urban Ministry Center and Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, two prominent organizations long recognized as community leaders in homeless services.
In May 2019, our legacy organizations combined services to become a new organization with added resources, talent, and a unified voice that could move the needle on ending homelessness.
Today, Roof Above is a comprehensive homeless service provider serving 1,200 people per day through a spectrum of services ranging from street outreach, day services, emergency shelter, and permanent supportive housing.
We unite communities to end homelessness, one life at a time.
OUR VISIONEvery person has the safety, stability, and dignity of home.
Heart for the Work
- We choose this work and embrace this place.
- We practice radical compassion.
- We each do our unique part to end homelessness.
- Grounding ourselves in what we know, we imagine what is possible.
- We are intentional about getting the right people involved and we move towards effective action.
- We are exhaustive in our search for solutions.
Bring Our Best
- We practice self-care, self-awareness, and safety.
- We recognize what we need to let go of to move forward.
- We exercise diligence and grit.
- We honor the profound worth of each life, and our work reflects it.
- We meet people where they are and approach others with genuine curiosity.
- We know we cannot do it alone. We are stronger and smarter together.
1979St. Peter’s Episcopal Church opens its soup kitchen.
1987George Shinn Men’s Shelter, later Uptown Men’s Shelter opens – first year-round emergency shelter.
2005Emergency Winter Shelter gets a permanent new home at 3410 Statesville Ave.
2009Uptown Men’s Shelter & Emergency Winter Shelter merge, becoming Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.
2012Men’s Shelter of Charlotte expands into housing through Rapid Rehousing.
2018N. Tryon Shelter renovated.
2020New name Announced: Roof Above
1980-813 men freeze to death on the streets that winter. Faith community responds by opening the Emergency Winter Shelter.
1994Urban Ministry Center created as a partnership of uptown congregations and businesses in the old Seaboard train depot. St. Peter’s soup kitchen relocated to this location.
2006Urban Ministry Center expands into housing through SABER program.
2012Moore Place opens first Housing First apartment complex in Charlotte.
2015Urban Ministry Center selected to lead Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, community’s effort to end chronic homelessness. Housing First Charlotte Mecklenburg scattered-site project began shortly after.
2019April 30th, Urban Ministry Center & Men’s Shelter of Charlotte officially merge!
Roof Above Leadership
- Liz Clasen-Kelly, Chief Executive Officer
- Veronica Ritchie, Chief Philanthropy Officer
- Kaedon Grinnell, Chief Program Officer
- Tonya Frye, Chief Financial Officer
- Stephen Vinski, VP of Facilities
- Randall Hitt, Vice President of Engagement
- Joanne Cain, Vice President of Shelter Services
- Joann Markley, Vice President of Scattered-Site
- Tamacia Bing, Vice President of Human Resources
- Gena Robinson, Vice President of Single Site Housing
Board of Directors
- Chair, Joy Patterson, Wells Fargo
- Vice-Chair, Caroline Yingling, Moore & Van Allen
- Treasurer, David Goldberg, PwC
- Secretary, Brent Torstrick, Robinson Bradshaw
- Elena Airapetian, Wells Fargo
- Paula Bird, Novant Health
- Curtis Bodison, TIAA
- Gary Chesson, Community Volunteer
- Ron Clark, Camino Health Center
- Gray Dyer, Dyer & Co.
- Mark Ethridge, Ascent Real Estate Capital
- Randy Franklin, Terazo
- Rosie Krneta, Community Volunteer
- Greg Lewis, Honeywell
- Deems May, MAI Capital Management
- Ellen Mark, Lowe's Companies
- Stacey McCray, Bojangles
- Matt Miller, Shelco, LLC
- Harry Redd, Bank of America
- Ashley Rogers, Community Volunteer
- Chinette Stevenson, Microsoft
- Glenn Stewart, Community Volunteer