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Homelessness, Immigration, and Refugees

All of these people – not so much the issues but the actual people – have been weighing heavily on my heart of late.  Instead of getting into the politics, policy, or other aspects of each “problem,”  I just want to take a brief time out today and be intentionally mindful that all of these involve someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, child, grandparent, neighbor, friend … 

I’m reminded of one of my very favorite songs, Mercy Now, by Mike Farris (take three minutes and watch it on YouTube).  I’ll leave you for today with this line from the song –

And I love my brother; he could use a little mercy now. Oh, yes he can


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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