Mark your calendar for this Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 -9:00 am at the Westin Charlotte for a morning filled with compelling and meaningful stories about and from the men who are no longer experiencing homelessness – because of you.
Your support moves men home. More than 1,200 men moved home in the past three years! This annual fundraising breakfast is your chance to hear first hand about men you moved home, and help make it possible for more men to move home.
All proceeds from this event are invested in moving men home through the programs and services you help make possible through Men’s Shelter of Charlotte.
Thank you to the Moving Men Home 2015 Community Breakfast Sponsors. Join this group today. (Sponsors as of February 28, 2015)
Special thanks to John Strayhorn for the photo above of Executive Director Carson Dean and former shelter guest Jesus Gonzalez.
Just finished a new book by Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. I highly recommend this read to anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of poverty in America and how it has been reshaped, not in a good way, since the Great Recession. Their concept of a Universal Food Delivery System really resonated with me. Whether or not you agree with the author’s political leanings, this book certainly makes you think!
For many the impending fiscal cliff isn’t all that important. That’s because so many of our most vulnerable citizens went off the cliff years ago. The recession that came about in 2008 continues to push people off the cliff. Failed mental health reform continues to push people over the cliff. Inadequate discharge planning for people coming out of prison continues to push people off the cliff. For those who already fell, climbing back up the cliff is often an impossible feat when facing such daunting obstacles as high unemployment, lack of jobs, low paying jobs, and not enough community support. How can one expect not to fall off the cliff when they’re teetering on the edge with no safety harness? How can one climb back out of despair when they face an impenetrable mountain without even a rope? These are hard questions made harder by the realization that we’re talking about actual human beings – not statistics but parents, teachers, bus drivers, waitresses, and children.
But all is not hopeless. In Charlotte, we have an incredible faith community. We have strong civic and philanthropic leadership. We have a strong network of non-profits that work together behind the scenes more than anyone will ever know. I think we’ll hit our stride in 2013. I’m optimistic about our collective ability to solve the challenges our community faces. At the very least, I believe that the last several years have taught us how to be prepared for the cliff. We all know we have to be in it together because for our community to succeed those among us struggling the most have to be given an opportunity to succeed as well.