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Happy 4th of July

Having majored in history, I always find myself reflecting on the true meaning of July 4th.  After all, it’s about celebrating the birth of our country.  I know on my own birthdays I tend to think about what I’ve accomplished in life, what I am thankful for, and memories of past birthdays – happy and sad.  There is so much positive to celebrate this 4th of July.  We live in a truly free democracy.  We are a nation of prosperity, ingenuity, and entrepreneurs.  Others look to our nation for inspiration and guidance.  America is truly a wonderful country!

My birthday wish for our nation this year is simple,  I wish us the fortitude to tackle our nation’s problems at home – homelessness, education, unemployment, and poverty – with the same headstrong, purse strong, and collective determination to prevail that our nation, for so long, has pursued in other parts of the world.

Happy Birthday America!

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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