From Shelter Guest to Staff

Dwayne President has found his purpose working at the North Tryon Men’s Shelter. “This is where I belong,” he says. “My life is a ministry.” He has turned his past struggles into his most precious asset: empathy.  “These guys know I’m authentic,” he says. “They know I don’t judge them. They know where I come from, and they know my …

Meet Brian – Project Manager for SECU The Rise on Clanton Build

“It’s changed my mindset,” Brian says about working with Roof Above to convert a former hotel into studio apartments. He used to assume homelessness was the result of poor choices. “I’ve learned that nobody chooses to be homeless. It’s not about bad decisions. Usually, there’s some type of trauma or an event you can trace it to and say here’s …

Father’s Day Highlight – Cedric Mack

When Cedric works with our shelter guests, he draws on lessons he learned from his father. “He was awesome – intelligent, self-educated. He would read the Sunday paper from the first page to the last.”  Cedric says his dad taught him things like how to use tools, how to save and how to pay bills. “He taught me about duct …

Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth has always been a caregiver. “I like to take care of people,” she says. “My mom was a nurse.”  Almost six years ago, she met the love of her life. Elizabeth and her fiancé, James, lived in a tent together. “He loved his scratch-off lottery tickets,” she laughs. “He loved to fish. We could almost finish each other’s sentences.”   …

Buddies for life: Vincent & Charles

Vincent lived in Winston-Salem for most of his adult life. Charles lived in New York City. Vincent worked for Tyson Foods and Sara Lee. Charles drove a truck for 30 years. Then mold in Vincent’s apartment drove him out and sent him to the hospital. Charles’ girlfriend passed away from a seizure and he couldn’t afford to stay in their …

Project Roof CLT: Sharing Information to Welcome Everyone Home

Sharing Information and Inspiration to Welcome Everyone Home  Over the past decade, Charlotte has earned national media attention for creating housing solutions that work. Now there’s a resource to help leaders in other cities learn from our experience.   The website for Project Roof CLT shares a powerfully simple message: the proven solution to homelessness is housing.   Public-private partnerships in Charlotte …

“My grandmama taught me how to live, and my mama taught me how to love”

This weekend we take a moment to pay tribute to all mothers. Please know that your love, support, encouragement and words of wisdom leave an indelible impression on those around you. Happy Mother’s Day ❤️ “My grandmama taught me how to live, and my mama taught me how to love,” says David. As he celebrates his first Mother’s Day weekend …

SABER: Arthur’s journey

Our SABER program offers substance use treatment to men experiencing homelessness and struggling with addiction. The program combines three months of treatment therapy with six months of continuing care. Here’s a story from Arthur, a program participant:   “I was born on December 16, 1957, in Washington, D.C. I had three older brothers who were selling and using drugs, so at …

Our Resolve – Spring 2022

“Over the course of a lifetime, there are a few dozen moments that will stand out – moments that represent a shift in your world. One of those moments for me happened when I was leading our street outreach team, shortly after my son was born. We had been offering our services to a man who was living inside of …

Eric’s Second Chance

In 2020, Eric traveled to Charlotte from New Jersey for his brother’s funeral. At that time, he was struggling not having his own place for him and his daughter, Alexandria, now 11 years old. With his mom’s encouragement, he wanted to find new direction here, but the stigma of an old conviction continues to prevent him from finding stable employment …

Harvest Haul + Uptown Farmer’s Market return!

Roof Above’s Harvest Haul program is excited to partner with the Uptown Farmers Market again for their 3rd season! Opening this weekend, April 16th, the market is a vibrant community gathering space in Uptown- 300 S. Davidson Street. Every Saturday morning from 8:00-12:30, the market hosts over 50 vendors, live music, children’s activities, a food truck and free parking.   …

Thobour – From Room in the Inn to the Gulf of Alaska

  One of our Room in the Inn guests boasts remarkable physical strength – he can do a push-up with just two fingers on a single hand! But what’s also noteworthy is the emotional strength he’s demonstrating by embarking on a new adventure.   Thobour, who goes by Bour, has journeyed across the country to a dock in the Gulf …

“Everything I do now, I’m trying to do the right way.”

Otis arrived at Roof Above with a purpose. “I came here to get the most done I can and then move on,” he says. At age 61, he’s proud to say he’s headed down a new path. “I’m trying to do positive things,” he says. “Keep my mind positive. Everything I do now, I’m trying to do it the right …

Staff Spotlight – Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown coordinates Room in the Inn, a Roof Above tradition since 1996. The program houses neighbors during the cold weather months, from December 1 to March 31, while building bridges in the faith community and beyond. Ashley works with organizations of diverse backgrounds, all with the heart to serve our community.   Many of the program’s original sites continue to …

Tonia: A Survivor’s Story

“Those that judge don’t matter and those who matter don’t judge.” Elly Derr  Before Tonia sits down to share her story, she gives a big high five, “I am 10 months in recovery!” She and her sponsor are looking forward to going bird watching in Asheville when she reaches a year on April 12th.   Tonia is a survivor.  Between addiction, …

A Place of Peace – Clarence’s Story

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,  The courage to change the things I can,  And the wisdom to know the difference.”  This prayer is said at the end of every meeting. For Clarence, it was the moments outside of his control that clarified the changes he could make. After suffering from a stroke while …

“I’m Moving Differently Now and Building My Mental Strength”

It’s a cold and rainy January day and Laylinick or “Bay” is bringing to-go plates of hot spaghetti and meatballs from the kitchen of Howard Levine Men’s Shelter to the older gentlemen outside. “They have it worse than me, I serve them and make sure they eat before I do.” He is a ball of energy at the shelter, helping …

One Life at a Time

“Who knew?” Mary Katherine Black reflected on 22 years of work as a volunteer and staff member at the Urban Ministry Center and Roof Above. At the end of this month, Mary Katherine will be leaving, but her impact on this place will remain.  Who knew that “MK” would leave such a mark on this community? Only every neighbor, volunteer, …

Serving together to keep love strong

For Roof Above volunteers Frankie and Carolyn, serving their community together is what keeps their love strong.   In 1972 Frankie and Carolyn lived on the same street in Baltimore. The following year Carolyn left Baltimore to head to North Carolina. “I moved away, and only visited Baltimore to see family – I never ran into him, and I never …

2022: Tackling The Housing Crisis

2022: Tackling The Housing Crisis This week, we celebrate Moore Place’s 10-year anniversary. It is a joyful milestone for tenants like Tabby, who have lived there since the beginning and experienced a profound transformation. Moore Place was the first of its kind in Charlotte: a Housing-First apartment community focused on ending homelessness for the most vulnerable. Ten years ago, Moore …

Meet Zariia: Housing Case Manager

There’s an old saying, “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?”   You can hear that wisdom in Zariia McRae’s voice as she describes her work as a Housing Navigator for the N. Tryon St. Men’s Shelter. “Nothing’s easy,” she says, but that does not stop her. She simply asks herself:   “What can I do?”  Zariia started at …