“My life is really like a storybook,” Emmett, recalls. Emmett, a former MSC guest, graduated from Shaw University, served two years in the Air Force, and worked for General Electric.
During his service in the Air Force, Emmett began to struggle with mental illness, which eventually became disabling. Maintaining steady employment and housing became a challenge. For years, Emmett lived in boarding houses and on the streets with little family contact.
Emmett was experiencing homelessness when his father died in 2016, and turned to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte for help.
“I’m so grateful for what the shelter has done for me,” shares Emmett. He adds “I got basic needs, good counseling, and got right on my medications.”
Emmett connected with Adia, our Veterans Housing Specialist, who helped him apply for housing, resources, and even obtain a copy of his birth certificate, which had previously been lost.
Today, Emmett is “relieved and so happy” to be in his new home. He is thankful and proclaims that, “everybody needs a second chance!”
This year, longtime volunteer, Jordan Abshire, launched a weekly boot-camp workout at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in partnership with F3 Nation (Fitness, Faith and Fellowship). The workout was aptly named Fortitude.
Jordan viewed the workout as another vehicle to bring a sense of normalcy to guests in a time of disruption in their lives. He connected with John Lambert, who had started a similar F3 workout at Charlotte Rescue Mission…and the rest is history! Click here to read John’s account of the inaugural Fortitude workout.
Jordan recently noticed something different about the participating guests; an unmistakable new light in their eyes, an energy, and a bounce in their step. Executive Director, Liz Clasen-Kelly, recognized what he was describing and explained: “That Light you saw was Hope.”
Clear to Jordan was that the goal of the F3 Fortitude workouts was being met when one guest thanked an F3 member after his first workout for “making him feel normal for a little while.”
Join us any Tuesday at 5:30 am at our Tryon Campus (1210 North Tryon Street). It’s early but it will allow you to connect with our guests in a personal way, on the same level, as teammates struggling and preserving and encouraging each other in the pursuit of better health and fitness.
Stephens, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, decided to carry on the family tradition of being a barber. He opened a shop and had quite a following for 23 years. Until one day, loss of balance caused him to fall. A visit to the ER uncovered that fluid was leaking in his brain and surgery ensued.
Fortunately, Stephens’ life was saved, but he was unable to ever regain his full balance. His livelihood of being barber was lost.
“I was depressed,” Stephens recalls. Drugs became his outlet. He ran through his savings and was forced to live with friends, family, and finally – on the streets.
Finally, Stephens turned to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte where he found immediate refuge, a warm meal, a bed, and basic needs. More importantly, Stephens found a lifeline of support to help him develop a plan to move home.
Stephens’ Case Manager guided him every step. She connected him to resources to boost his income, helped him navigate housing options, and referred him to other community agencies to build a positive support network to sustain housing. Together, they found Stephens an apartment that was a perfect fit. Stephens moved in and now has a new lease on life!
Today, Stephens holds back tears when he reflects upon his time at our shelter. He thinks about the volunteers who “treated with me with such respect . . . making a man feel good about [himself].”
Stephens beams with joy and pride as he reflects on his new home. He reminds his former Case Manager that “this is all possible because of you!”
Sedrick, Dennis, Toronto, and Dayshawn all have vastly different backgrounds. However, they all share an experience with homelessness, and they all turned to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte for help. Share in their joy as you learn their stories and celebrate with them as they move home.