A Month of Appreciation and Successes
Board of Directors: Welcome Our Newest Members
Supportive Housing Communities welcomes Amanda Glowacki, Amanda Kate Home and Ryan Borg, Ally Financial to our Board of Directors. Amanda brings her expertise on housing and real estate in the Charlotte area and her business management skills to SHC. Ryan brings with him his knowledge of finance and his passion for affordable housing. We are so fortunate to have them both help lead SHC during the time that permanent supportive housing is so very much needed. Welcome Amanda and Ryan!
SHC and Encampment Site in Charlotte: A Story of Success
Charlotte’s Tent City has been in the news recently and there may be questions about what happened to the 200+ individuals living there until recently. We are thrilled to report that they are safely housed in warm hotel rooms until the end of June. This means access to all the basic necessities that many of us take for granted each day. Hopefully, this will serve as the starting point for a new life full of better opportunities. These are a few words from the SHC team member who helped lead this effort:
“I am truly grateful that SHC has been able to play a part in these efforts through our PATH team, and I believe that SHC will continue these collaborative efforts moving forward.”
Angela Dreher, Manager of Special Initiatives
McCreesh Place: A Story of Autonomy
The staff at McCreesh Place works tirelessly to provide supportive services to the formerly chronically homeless who have been homeless for at least a year and have a disabling condition. This vulnerable population needs our case managers’ support to coordinate their mental health, medications and medical services, among others. Our phenomenal staff helps clients navigate through their daily lives and to eliminate as many barriers as possible, from providing bus passes for transportation to at times attending their medical appointments.
McCreesh Place is a permanent supportive housing program, although occasionally some residents successfully transition out of the program or move back to a family support system. Quennetta Kirby Thomas, McCreesh Place Program Coordinator, recently told one of her success stories: “I am proud that I have reconnected one particular individual back with his family and he was able to move back to his state and be connected with the services and support he needs to maintain his physical and mental health. I also am very proud to have successfully assisted two other former McCreesh Place residents in transitioning to a more independent living on their own. Each one of the residents continue to maintain contact with me on their independence.”
Scattered Sites Program: A Story of Hope
Donna was recently housed at St. Johns Place after periodically sleeping in her car, couch-surfing and staying at a shelter. Now with the stability of a permanent place to live, Donna is hopeful for a new day and a new life.
For more than a year, Jerry felt more comfortable sleeping in his car rather than staying in an overcrowded shelter. Now that he has a stable home at St. Johns Place, he is focusing on the important things in his life–his health, his sobriety and his overall well-being.
Employment Program: A Story of Empowerment
Employment often plays an important role in enhancing a person’s self-esteem and self-worth. A supportive employment program helps our formerly homeless and disabled residents find competitive employment in the community and also provides them with the support needed to ensure their success. Through SHC’s Supportive Employment Program, we connect formerly homeless individuals with employment trainings and opportunities and provide the one-on-one support needed to empower them to be more autonomous over their circumstances. If you would like to empower our residents through employment opportunities and/or trainings, please contact Monica Lindsey, Supportive Employment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Property Management Team: A Story of Coming Home
Even in the midst of a pandemic, SHC’s Property Management Team, along with the support of Housing Relief Ministries (HRM), has moved 12 formerly homeless individuals and families into their own safe and fully furnished homes. For some, it is the first time they know where they will sleep each night. Without the constant and overwhelming stress of not knowing where to sleep, these individuals can begin to focus on making a better life for themselves and for their families.
Organizations like the HRM team, who donate needed furniture and household necessities and help move the individuals and families into their new homes, are instrumental in the success of SHC’s programs. Thank you HRM team! It is also corporations like Lowe’s Inc. who provided gift cards and a financial contribution to SHC that have allowed us to provide housing to people who have not had a stable home in years. Thank you Lowe’s Inc!
If you would like to help support the formerly homeless move into their new places to live, please see the requested household goods on our Amazon Wishlist.
Your Gifts: A Story of Impact
This past year has been challenging for all of us. Yet, because of our generous donors, SHC has been able to continue providing affordable housing and supportive services to those most in need. A huge thank you to all for your continued support! Since January 1, 2021, our donors have contributed over $76,000 to help those who have struggled with chronic homelessness. Thank you to the following donors:
|Albemarle Foundation||Greg Williams||Mike Higgins|
|Alex Boyer||Heather Drabenstadt||Myers Park Baptist Church|
|Alex Orvos||Humble Cup Coffee Co||Nancy and Peter Covington|
|Alicia Morris-Rudd||James and Claire Talley||Phillip Whitesell|
|Ally Financial MGP||Jan Barefoot||Phoenix Fund|
|Anita Shaughnessy||Jane Hoffmann||Public Consulting Group|
|Ann Weber||Jeff Parker||Publix Super Markets Charities|
|Anonymous||Jennifer and Zack Bridges||Rachel Moreau|
|Bank of America Foundation MGP||Jeremy Chrisawn||Reagan Gilker|
|Barry and Nancy Metzger||Jill and Fletcher Flynn||Renee Thompson|
|Beth and Marshall Collins||John Clark||Robert Hammock|
|Brett Dupree and Maggie Will||Josh Wheeler||Robert Waegner|
|Brian Burden||Katherine Nims||Royce Wolfe and Donna Harris|
|Brianna Markle||Kathryn Blanchard||Rudolph and Natalie Brown|
|Britta Wakefield Mondi||Kathy Martin||Ryan and Shu Wei Baird|
|Campbell Wilson||Kathy Pierre||Ryan Stonebrook|
|Charlene Hamilton||Kelly Clarke||Shelia M McGrail and Richard H Berry|
|Clark Dean||Kim and Fernando Perez||Sol and Joyce Kaufman|
|Cookie Williams||Kristen A Allan||St. Peter Catholic Church|
|Crisis Ministry||Louise L. Allred||St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation Inc.|
|Crystal Long||Lowe’s Companies, Inc.||Stephanie Coulter|
|David and Alexis Lawrence||Lynn Avampato||Stephen Valder|
|David Lewis||Mark and Ann Marie Miller||Steven Guptill|
|Dorinda Smith||Mark and Dawn Ryan||Surassawadee Fry|
|Douglas Caldwell||Mark and Kriston Feldpausch||Thomas M Higgins, Jr.|
|Duke Energy Foundation MGP||Mary Gibson||Thomas Ponsonby|
|Ed and Sue Myrick||Matt and Jenny Martella||Timothy Bendel|
|Elizabeth and Nate Paynter||Matthew and Suzanne Churchill||Wells Fargo Community Cares Grants|
|Emily Costigan||Melissa and Bruce Noll||Walter Hunter|
|Emily Jones||Melissa Reman||Warren Henry|
|Eric and Paula Safranek||Michael Ladd and Family||Whitney Harrigan|
|Greg Miller||Michael Marshall|
MGP=Matching Gifts Program