Grenades Disguised as Lemons
“Sometimes life gives you grenades disguised as lemons.” Former guest Charles recently wrote these words to Joe Hamby, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s Director of Income Services.
Charles was describing his “lemons” that began several years ago with relocation from Hurricane Katrina and more recently with job reduction and family strife. All of which exploded, leaving him with a yellow paper on his apartment door, evicted just 11 days before his 25th birthday.
Devastated, Charles spent a few nights riding the light rail and catching sleep in the ER waiting room, before he found his way to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.
“I was struggling; but I wasn’t dead yet,” Charles goes on to write. So, he persisted, and took advantage of the additional services Men’s Shelter of Charlotte offers.
Through our employment team, he was connected to a local employer who offers innovative paid internships for motivated young adults. In fact, Joe gave him a ride to his interview, which included a pep talk before he went in. “Tell your story,” he advised Charles.
Charles successfully landed the internship. Additionally, through our housing program, Charles overcame his financial barriers, had an advocate to help navigate housing options, and gained access to a rental subsidy. Less than five months after his eviction, Charles’ experience with homelessness was ended.