Not Your Typical Summer Reading
I just picked up a NY Times Bestseller novel for some relaxing summer reading. Like many people, my “summertime, take-on-vacation” reading is usually pretty light fare. So, no, I’m not going to say what I’m reading. However, if you’d like some suggestions of great reads by and about people’s homeless experience, please allow me to offer three titles I highly recommend. Same Kind of Different As Me is a pretty well known book written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. It made the NY Times Bestseller list because it’s well written, heart-wrenching, and entertaining. The next two are harder to find, but in this age of Amazon still pretty easy to order online. Scratch Beginnings was written by Adam Shepard (from Raleigh, NC) and is an interesting memoir from someone who starts out admitting he can escape his homeless experience at any moment, yet follows through on his quest. A new favorite of mine is Oh! You’re One of Those People… written by Glenn Schaefer and just recently published. You’ll be surprised at the stereotypes his story dispels and at how often you’ll think to yourself, “wow, this could have easily been me.” Maybe there’s some room on the nightstand for one of these along with your vacation escape novels? I was glad I had one in my stack this summer.
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.