Independence Day is just a couple of days away. July 4th is a time to reflect on our nation’s history – our national rags to riches story. It’s also a time to gather with friends and family to celebrate, cook out, and watch fireworks. I’ll certainly eat too much and probably get too much sun and too little sleep. But as I think about our country’s history, I’ll be reminded that we as a nation have overcome many challenges – social inequities, world conflict, economic turmoil, and civil unrest. Many of these challenges remain, including homelessness. But just as our great nation has risen to solve hard problems in the past, I’m confident that we can solve homelessness as well. Happy July 4th!
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.