MSC on National Stage
I’m a little late posting this week because I just got back from Washington, D.C. Every year, the National Alliance to End Homelessness hosts the largest conference for homeless services professionals and advocates focusing on the goal of ending homelessness. This year I was invited to be a presenter for a workshop entitled “Improving Emergency Shelter.” The Alliance had heard about the great work Men’s Shelter of Charlotte was doing to end homelessness for each man by using emergency shelter as a stable starting point. I was joined by a representative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a family shelter director from the YWCA in Columbus, Ohio. Part of our conversation was focused on inclusivity and how we approach rapid rehousing. I also used the opportunity to teach others about our equation: Income+Housing+Support=End to Homelessness and how we’ve used it to focus our mission. Afterwards, I was humbled by a number of people wanting to talk more about our approach and how they can emulate it in their communities. To see photos from the workshop, please visit our website www.MensShelterofCharlotte.org and click on our Facebook link. Many thanks to our own Jennifer Coates for taking photos and tweeting throughout the conference.
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.