Meet Issac: An Employment Specialist That Goes Above and Beyond

Meet our North Tryon Shelter’s employment specialist, Issac Cochran. Issac’s journey with case management began with the Charlotte Area Fund working as a case manager and workforce development lead. As he continued to support the community in ways beyond his position, he found himself at Roof Above helping guests get prepared for the workforce.   “My day  starts from the moment my …

From Serving our Community to Serving our Country

From serving our community to serving our country, Caleb Sauls – an outreach team member – will be transitioning to a role in the intelligence division in the United States military this month. Caleb has worked at Roof Above since the beginning of the pandemic and was part of the team that safely transported hundreds of individuals from the ‘tent city’ encampment to shelter within 72 hours. “When I started this work, my goal was to show up every day for …

Meet Micah: An Intake Specialist with a Heart to Serve

Meet Micah, an intake specialist at our North Tryon Men’s Shelter! From checking on neighbors when they need it, to pioneering our ‘wheel’ lottery system which allows us to fairly distribute beds to our guests who enter into the daily bed lottery, Micah’s dedication never ceases. “If you don’t feel like anyone cares about you, I care about you”, says Micah, “I make it a point to make it known that …

Lessons We Learned From Our Neighbors

  The year 2021 has been a challenging one, no doubt. However, as we reflect on this past year, we are inspired by the lessons we learned from our neighbors we serve. We are encouraged that every step forward, no matter how big or how small, makes an impact and can even be life-changing. In November, we introduced guests of …

A Small Gesture Brings Great Change

If you see a long-distance truck cab drive into our Day Services Center parking lot, that’s our friend Jerry Withers bringing us some love. For many years, Jerry struggled with alcohol and drugs. He was a frequent guest at our North Tryon Street Shelter and in our Room In The Inn program. He cherished his job as a truck driver, …

Steps and Support For a Better Life: DeAnna’s Story

CLICK HERE TO READ OUR FULL 2021 NEWSLETTER When DeAnna was hospitalized due to an abusive relationship, friends at her job in Florida got together and gave her a gift card to leave town. At the bus station with no plan of where to go, DeAnna closed her eyes, put her finger on the map, and got on a bus …

Going Home – Sheldon & Mr. Patterson

“I’m going HOME!” Moving from homelessness to housing is often not a giant leap but a series of small steps, ones that most people have never had to take and maybe don’t even recognize. Each step is a hard-earned victory leading to a new life. Richard Patterson experienced homelessness for nearly 20 years. While he visited our N. Tryon Street shelter, he mostly slept under the Tryon Street …

Staff Spotlight: Meet Roger Jones

Another volunteer joins the Roof Above staff! In 2017, Roger Jones began volunteering at our Tryon Shelter, helping shelter guests with job searches and resume writing. He recalls a time when he helped a guest practice mock interviews, and the guest got the job. What a great feeling to play a part in someone’s success! Soon volunteer coordinator Elane Stinson …

Hard Earned Victory: Eddie’s Story

Eddie’s journey to Charlotte was not easy, but as he describes it, it was ordained by God.   He was raised in Clermont, Florida, with his close-knit and loving family and began drugs in his 20s. The battle with drugs persisted for many years, leading to an on-and-off addiction to crack cocaine. “Crack cocaine has been my struggle for many, many years. …

True Blessings: Telling Stories of Hard Earned Victories

As we get closer to our annual True Blessings event, we are more excited than ever to unite with our community to celebrate and tell stories of employment, personal transformation & moving home.   From working with our incredible table hosts to gathering inspiring stories, we can say that this year’s event will support our mission to end homelessness in Charlotte.   A few days ago, our staff began the recording process for True …

Making a Difference – Heather

Today we celebrate National Make A Difference Day by introducing you to Heather. As a housing navigation & mental health specialist at Roof Above, Heather’s work extends from street outreach to mental health support for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. She emphasizes the importance of understanding trauma and that every person’s experience is unique. “As an agency, we strive to see …

It Feels Like Home

“The last place I lived that felt like home was with my mom until she went into the nursing home.” That was 1999. Since that time, LaConia Stewart has mostly lived unsheltered in places unfit for human habitation. “I’ve slept under bridges, in empty cars, and right in a field.” As a resourceful woman, she knows how to build a …

SABER – MJ’s Story

Since it began in 2006, Roof Above’s SABER Treatment Program offers homeless, substance-using men something that life never gave them before. Hope and a home.  SABER’s holistic program fighting the disease of addiction combines nine months of therapy and life-changing skills with the guarantee of free housing, as long as the person stays drug and alcohol-free. This is MJ’s story. …

Lowes $1 Million Gift to our Clanton Road Project

Today we announced a $1 million grant from the Lowe’s Foundation to support Roof Above’s work to end Charlotte homelessness. The previously announced plan will convert a hotel to 88 studio units as an affordable housing option for those experiencing chronic homelessness – individuals with a disabling condition who have experienced homelessness for at least a year, or repeatedly. Construction …

Howard Levine Men’s Shelter – Opening

Roof Above’s newest shelter, the Howard Levine Men’s Shelter, is opening Wednesday, September 15. The timing of this new shelter is critical, as homelessness is expected to increase with the ending of the eviction moratorium and the continued affordable housing crisis. The shelter will accommodate 164 guests. The guests moving in on September 15th will be transitioned from a motel-based …

$2 Million Gift from SECU for Hotel Conversion Project

State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation has demonstrated its support of our mission to #endhomelessness by offering us the generous gift of $2 million! Since the beginning of our journey to convert a hotel into 88 studio apartment-style supportive housing units, we’ve remained steadfast in partnering with organizations that are just as excited about the work as we are. Our CEO …

Helping People in Need

Helping People In Need Sometimes the possibility of homelessness is one unexpected circumstance away. The man came to Roof Above looking for help. Passing through on his way from Florida to a new construction job in North Carolina, his car broke down in Charlotte. The repairs took all of his savings and he was stuck in Charlotte with no money, …

Celebrating Moore Place Expansion

On Wednesday, June 15, Moore Place opened 35 new apartments to house chronically homeless citizens of Charlotte. These remarks are from that celebration. Thanks to Rachel Fesko for photographing the event. Good morning! My name is Caroline Chambre Hammock, and I serve as the Associate Executive Director for the Urban Ministry Center. In 2012, I had the great pleasure of welcoming you …

Painting Project Proves Much More than the Talent of our Artists

This month, the Association for Fundraising Professionals commissioned ArtWorks 945 to paint the Charlotte skyline. These pieces are to be given as awards on National Philanthropy Day coming up on November 13. This exciting opportunity was more than a conduit for CommunityWorks and Urban Ministry Center to bring further awareness of our mission to the community; it was also a …