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New Entrance Roof at MSC's Statesville Avenue Shelter

A Roof Raising “Thanks” to St. John’s Episcopal Church

When John Patrick and his friends at St. John’s learned that men entering our Statesville Avenue Campus shelter had to sometimes wait in the rain because there was no roof over our entrance, they felt the need to mobilize and do something.  Today there is a beautiful new roof over that entrance and the men could not be more appreciative!  John  told me he was partly inspired by the book October Sky to persevere and make this project come to life.  Curious, I read the book myself and can understand his determination.

Many thanks to the entire Outreach Committee from St. John’s Episcopal Church for this new roof.  They stewarded the project from inspiration, to design, to fundraising, to installation.  Most important, they showed the homeless men we serve their concern not only for the men’s well being when the weather is bad, but also concern for their dignity.  You have inspired me in the process.

Thank you!

Carson Dean

In September 2008 I became the Executive Director of the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. I've spent almost 15 years working to end homelessness in North Carolina. After working with homeless and runaway youth in Raleigh, I served as the Director of the South Wilmington Street Center (men's shelter) in Wake County and then worked on Orange County's 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. I am a former board chair for the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness and former chair of the Homeless Services Network in Charlotte. In 2014 I served as the partner agency representative on the United Way Central Carolinas board of directors.

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