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Heroes for the Homeless

We consider all our volunteers special! But, every year we like to honor at least two of our most special as our “Heroes for the Homeless.” Launched in 2009, these awards were bestowed upon nominated individuals or organizations who went above and beyond the call of duty to offer assistance and support for change in issues surrounding homelessness. 

In 2012, the awards were named in memory of former board member David Brock, whose passion for volunteerism embodied the spirit of these awards. The Brock family carries on David’s legacy, continuing to support our mission and being a part of selecting our annual “Heroes.”

Our 2016 winners were recognized at our annual volunteer celebration on October 15.

jordan_abshire_6253dc8x10Jordan Abshire  | Founder and Managing Member of Abshire Legal Search

Jordan and his wife settled in Charlotte a few years ago with sights to raise a family and Jordan to flourish in his budding law career. Behind all this, however, was a passion and desire to “help the homeless.” He simply felt drawn to do this and to our good fortune, Jordan learned about Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and decided to take a tour.

The tour sparked an interest, particularly around wanting to personally get to know our men and provide trusted guidance to help each man achieve their dream of having their own home. Jordan found a perfect spot in our Housing and Employment Resource Center (HERC). Jordan is now one of our most consistent volunteers, bringing his smile, smarts, and friendliness every Friday late afternoon. In his volunteer time with our men, we are sure he’s been a critical piece of the resource puzzle for several of our men to successfully move from our shelter into housing.

On top of all this, Jordan is a significant individual donor AND has served as a Table Host for our Moving Men Home Fundraising Breakfast. He’s inviting others to join him in supporting our men and continues to help us bridge and grow relationships in our community.

His family continues to grow . . . having two children now. But Jordan doesn’t let that slow him down. His dedication to our men remains and he is a wonderful example how one individual can make a difference.


 

Reverend Darryl R. Gaston | Smallwood Presbyterian Church | President, Druid Hills Neighborhood Association

Talk about a Charlotte native, Darryl is the quintessential native! Growing up in the historic Druid Hills Neighborhood, Darryl can share his memories of how the area transformed from neighbors sitting on front porches to becoming one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in our City. We think that was just more motivation for Darryl to get involved.

Darryl took it upon himself to improve the neighborhood. And, this started with improving individuals and inspiring individuals to help rise the neighborhood to what it once was. He became active in the neighborhood association and was elected President. Fast forward and in 2009 Druid Hills was named Charlotte’s Neighborhood of the Year, and continues to flourish and grow today.

 


Previous Winners

2015: Michael Smith and Anissa Beatty

2014: Ben Hill and Wally Penilla

2013: Reverend Bill Jeffries and Sue Schenck

2012: Foundation For The Carolinas, Domer Reeves, Charles Page, and Cathy Pullen

2011: Frank Bryant, Sylvester Huff, and Keith Wilson

2010: Bob Bishop, Alice Harrison, and Jim Kelley

2009: Liz Clasen-Kelly and John White

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