Here’s a few things I am thankful for this year …
- Staff working hard at both Men’s Shelter of Charlotte (MSC) campuses 24/7/365, including today!
- Volunteers, lots and lots of volunteers, who show up everyday at MSC to help our men and show them that people care about them!
- Charlotte Rescue Mission for hosting our Statesville Avenue Campus guests at their place for lunch on Thanksgiving!
- A civic-minded community that believes in MSC and is so generous in supporting our mission of ending homelessness for each man we serve!
- The men we serve for persevering, knowing what they want to accomplish in life, and being man enough to ask for help!
Carson Dean, Executive Director
Thank you to Denver Mattress for helping to end homelessness. This month, your gift is doubled. Denver Mattress is matching all gifts dollar for dollar (up to $2,500).
In this season of giving, we thank you for supporting the men at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte as they work to end their experience with homelessness.
Give today and double your impact!
I’m so excited to release the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s (MSC) first Impact Report –MSC Quarterly Impact Report_Jul-Sep2014. MSC is releasing this report in an effort to demonstrate our success towards ending homelessness, to show where we have to work harder, and to keep our stakeholders informed. MSC takes its responsibility as stewards of community resources seriously and believes in being fully transparent. This Impact Report is available on our website where you will find other important documents including our tax returns.
While I think the report speaks for itself, I would like to highlight a couple of important items.
First, MSC’s scattered sites approach towards rapid rehousing is working. You’ll see from the map that we have moved men into rental housing throughout our Charlotte-Mecklenburg County community.
Second, we are on track to achieve 500 moves to more appropriate housing by the end of our fiscal year. When added to the 497 men we moved in fiscal year 2014, our momentum is strong!
Third, MSC moves a lot of men into more appropriate housing who are considered chronically homeless. You may remember from previous blogs that I’m not a fan of labeling people. However, it is proven that those who are chronically homeless utilize a disproportionate share of community resources. So, MSC is proud that about 20% of the men we’ve moved into more appropriate housing are chronically homeless. These are men with serious barriers who have overcome and now have a place of their own!
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the graphs that make up our report. We’re thrilled that so many man have been positively impacted during the first few months of this fiscal year and I look forward to the opportunity to report our impact to you every few months.
In the next week, MSC plans to publish our first Quarterly Impact Report for the months July-August-September 2014 (1st Quarter of FY15). Our purpose in making this report public is to demonstrate to all of our stakeholders, as well as the larger community, the impact MSC’s Equation: Income+Housing+Support is having on ending homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County. I’d like to give you a sneak preview to our upcoming report.
1st Quarter Results:
- 114 men have moved to more appropriate housing – we’re right on track to move 500 men this fiscal year
- Average income for men moving out of our shelters is $917 per month
- 53% of moves are to permanency – rental housing and family reunification
As proud as we are that these numbers are demonstrating success, we’re even prouder of the men behind the numbers. Did you know that the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte serves fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins? Did you know MSC serves plumbers, roofers, chefs, information technologists, and entrepreneurs? Did you know that 10% of the men experiencing homelessness and seeking MSC’s assistance have proudly served in our United States armed forces? Too often we have a stereotype in mind when we think of a “homeless man.” However, the reality is that the men who are experiencing homelessness and served at MSC are you and me.
Keep your eye on our website – www.MensShelterofCharlotte – for the full report by the end of October. Next week I’ll share more of the impact MSC is having on ending homelessness for the men we serve.
The Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into the Charlotte Men’s Shelter on Monday, October 20 to serve hot and ready pizzas to more than 350 men.
The large rig travels across the county to feed the hungry, homeless and disaster survivors. Volunteers from local franchises helped make 120 pizzas in a few hours. All of the supplies and labor came from local restaurants.
“It’s a real treat to have Little Caesars come out and support us,” said Bob Breed, Kitchen Manager at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. “It helps keep food costs down and shows the guys the community is behind them.”
About half the pizzas were served to men at the North Tryon campus, where the traveling kitchen made its stop. The remaining pizzas were delivered and served to clients at the Statesville Avenue campus, about two miles away.
The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is seeking additional restaurants to help prepare meals for the men at the shelter. If you would like to help, please contact Jennifer Coates, Community Resource Coordinator at Jennifer.Coates@MensShelterofCharlotte.org.
The Love Kitchen Crew
Making 120 pizzas