Men's Shelter of Charlotte

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Merger is Complete: We are One!


It’s official! Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are legally one organization. In coming months, you will continue to see both “Men’s Shelter of Charlotte” and “Urban Ministry Center” separately or co-branded, until our board finalizes our unified brand later this fall. For more information: FAQ link

JournalBooks Give Men a Chance

Employment and income are key components to ending homelessness for our guests. Therefore, we are grateful to companies like JournalBooks that employ shelter guests. 

As Tim O’Boyle, JournalBooks President, states, “Not only have we gained some hard working, dedicated team members, we have been able to demonstrate to our team that we care about the community and run a ‘judgement-free’ organization.”

Recently, JournalBooks hired Grady, a shelter guest, for a full-time custodian position. “The day I agreed to an interview at JournalBooks was the best decision of my adult life,” Grady reflects. 

Tim urges other businesses in Charlotte to look to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte as an employment resource. He affirms that, “by giving Grady and other men from the shelter an opportunity, we are helping them on their way to permanent housing and we are gaining valuable employees.” 

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte offers a robust employment program and establishing employment partnerships is a critical piece of program services. JournalBooks is one of 37 employment partners that offer hope and stability for our guests. If you are interested in learning more about our Employment Program, email Joe Hamby, Director of Income Services. 

Pay Day Is A Good Day

Akil had a great day. He received his first pay check from a job he connected to through Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s Goodwork Staffing program. He took advantage of the shelter’s employment services and rides to Goodwill’s Opportunity Campus. Now Akil is working full time! He is that much closer to housing with this great job.

Proudly standing by his side is MSC’s Director of Income, Joe Hamby.

By Working Hard, Jacob Finds His Way Home

Starting the year off right- Jacob is happy to have moved home. That’s him at the end of last year signing his new lease. He spent a few months at our shelter, following the loss of his job.
At the shelter, he connected with our employment team, secured a meaningful job, and worked hard on his housing goals. Now he’s reunited with his partner and son.

Mr. Hunt and Our Humanity

Executive Director Liz Clasen-Kelly Smiling With Mr. Hunt In His New Apartment

Mr. Hunt came to us at age 90, homeless for the first time after losing control of his finances. In describing the experience, he remarked, “That was a whole heap of a mess I never intended to get in to.”

Getting to know Mr. Hunt felt like going back in time. When talking with a woman, he would take off his hat and hold it over his heart. He would regale you with stories of being in the Air Force post-World War II and of being a librarian in New York City.

His kindness is matched by his stubbornness. Finding a housing option for him that maintained some level of independence was a must. And, we all rejoiced when he moved out earlier this month to a senior living apartment.

Be sure to read more now on Mr. Hunt’s story!

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