Yvonne Finds Connection

Connection is important to Yvonne. She makes soup for neighbors and watches their pets, and she’s a regular in her community’s walking group. She loves to sit on her porch. When Yvonne was in high school, she experienced the onset of schizoaffective disorder, but she didn’t know what her symptoms meant. As her illness progressed, she moved to 11 cities …

Staff Spotlight: Vonda Simmons

Meet Vonda Simmons. She serves as a case manager at Roof Above. In the MeckHOME program, Vonda plays a pivotal role in implementing the shared-housing model, where individuals live with roommates in a structured program aimed at achieving stability and independence. Through case management and partnerships with organizations like Furnish For Good and healthcare providers, Vonda encourages her clients to …

Staff Spotlight: Miranda Lackey

Miranda Lackey’s varied experience makes her an ideal fit for her role as third-shift supervisor at Roof Above’s North Tryon Men’s Shelter. Miranda worked in manufacturing for almost 20 years, where she enjoyed job stability and great benefits. But she wasn’t fulfilled.  Miranda made the life-changing decision to resign. She says, “My whole goal was, before I got any older, …

Celebrating one Year in Housing

Since SECU The Rise on Clanton opened its doors in July of 2022, Roof Above has served nearly 100 people, with a 91% housing retention rate. Many who have moved have transitioned to other supportive housing programs. Khris was the first tenant to move into The Rise.  At the end of November, after a year of stable housing, he spends …

“I’m a winner”

Mike Shealey has big dreams of housing people in need. When his mother was alive, she always helped people who needed to get on their feet, and Mike wants to continue her legacy of hospitality. He says, “She was the peanut butter to the jelly. She brought the family together. Everything I do, I do for her because I appreciate …

A Legacy of Service

Teyona Richmond is the Director of Property Management for Roof Above’s Single Site Housing programs. While she oversees SECU The Rise on Clanton, Moore Place, Forest Pointe Place, and Centre Terrace, she’s currently based at The Rise.     Virginia White is a Tenant Support Specialist (TSS), working third shift, at The Rise. Beyond helping tenants with tangible needs, she talks …

A Weekly Crafting Hour Creates Beauty, Relationships and Healing

Roof Above has been selected by Mecklenburg County to operate a new permanent supportive housing community for people who are aged 55+ and experiencing homelessness. This is a critical need in our community as we have seen the age of people in need of homeless services increasing.  Mecklenburg County purchased a former hotel and is busy converting it to housing. …

Staff Spotlight: Camechia Johnson

“Being given the opportunity to make a difference in my small corner of the world as an employment specialist is such a gift. I get to see guys light up with pride and confidence as they put on their dress shirt for interviews, with the new feeling that they are now going to land the job that day,” says Camechia …

Finding Calm and Fulfilling Purpose: Pedro’s Story

Pedro has an infectious laugh and smile. Both are on display when he’s gathering with others to share experiences. Whether it’s playing bingo with his neighbors, listening to mariachi with his friends, or attending church with his brothers, Pedro can be counted on to show up and help out.   Pedro says, “I have to be active, and I like …

Rashee’s Story: Small but Significant Steps

 Sometimes our work is dramatic and headline-making, but more often, we show up every day and walk with people through small shifts. Those small changes, added together, can lead to big impact.  Rashee moved to Charlotte in 2021 seeking opportunity. He began by staying in Airbnbs, and then, when his money ran thin, staying with friends until he lost his …

The Angels Among Us – A Unique Way to Give Back this Holiday Season

The Angels Among Us Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some have entertained angels.” Have you ever wondered if you’ve hosted angels? It’s not exactly something we can prove. But sometimes a story unfolds, and with the gift of perspective, we can see how, just maybe, angels have walked beside us, inspiring …

Meet Jayden: Davidson Impact Fellow

There’s a new face at the Day Services Center! Jayden Hitzelberger is Roof Above’s Davidson Impact Fellow this year. She graduated from Davidson College in May of 2023 and will be working at Roof Above for 12 months with Director of Community Education, Joe Hamby. You may also see her working at the DSC front desk or other volunteer stations …

Mr. Berry’s Story

Meet Quintin, who has “Walked That Mile” to housing with support from Roof Above.  Quintin’s charm and quick wit are magnetic. A rising star in high school, he was a talented quarterback and the vice president of student government. He became a father at a young age and joined the Marines after graduation, serving for six years. He’s always been …

Staff Spotlight: Linda Pincheon

“I speak with a smile.” Linda Pincheon is a Tenant Support Specialist at SECU The Rise on Clanton. In her role, she provides a warm greeting to guests and tenants who enter and exit the building, and she monitors the building’s activities, from answering tenant questions to navigating fire alarms.  She remembers her first day at Roof Above’s North Tryon …

Jade | Staying Open Hearted

“And perhaps even here, it’s still worth it to bravely live with an open heart.”   ~ Morgan Harper Nichols  When Jade and her growing family suddenly found themselves homeless, she chose to stay open and ask for the help they needed. “I don’t want to be scared because I’m going through something hard. That doesn’t mean I don’t deserve anything.”  …

“We’re in a Competition Against Homelessness.”

One of Roof Above’s solutions to end homelessness is the Unsheltered Housing Navigation Team, located at the Day Services Center (DSC). Danielle and Leon were hired to create this team in the spring. When asked to describe what they do, Danielle says, “We’re housing navigators for people who frequent the DSC. We’re working with people who do not have shelter, …

Staff Spotlight: Cameron | Digital Communications Manager

  Facebook. Instagram. LinkedIn.Managing Roof Above’s social media accounts is an obvious component of Cameron Hinson-Potts’ work as the Digital Communications Manager. She also responds to social media messages, keeps the website updated, makes flyers for programming, measures analytics, researches trends, gathers content and oversees emails to donors.  But the heart of Cameron’s work is cultivating connections. Her approach to …

“My Calling is To Help” – Staff Spotlight Dorenda “DeDe Durr”

“My calling is to help,” says Dorenda “DeDe” Durr. DeDe is a volunteer engagement specialist, based at Moore Place, one of Roof Above’s permanent supportive housing sites.  Originally from Texas, she moved out west as a teenager and has been traveling the world since. Previously in her career, DeDe fulfilled her desire to help others by becoming a teacher. She’s …

Staff Spotlight: Reggie Sterling

Reggie Sterling embodies Roof Above’s core values in his role to nourish the guests at Howard Levine Men’s Shelter. Those values include having a heart for the work, being solution-oriented, bringing our best, and valuing others. Reggie provides breakfast and lunch for shelter guests at Howard Levine Men’s Shelter as well as dinner for guests at Lucille Giles Men’s Shelter.  …

Father’s Day – Keith Jackson

Happy Father’s Day from Roof Above! We appreciate all the fathers and father figures in our lives. May today be filled with cherished memories and the love of those closest to your hearts. Ask Keith Jackson about his family and he beams. Keith has a blended family with two sons and two daughters, and when his wife retired, they moved …

No Grease! – The Barber Shop That Gives Back

No Grease! is “not your ordinary barbershop.” They celebrated a milestone anniversary last year with the statement: “25 years of developing people, families & community; and it all starts with a haircut.” Nowhere is this more evident than in the No Grease! Barber School.   No Grease! Barber School students Elijah Johnson, Zaire Perkins, Jaffy Tewold, and Carlton Travis volunteer their …