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Morgan’s Shoes Fits 200 Men for New Shoes

Shoe Give away and fittingHundreds of men received new shoes thanks to a generous donation from a local business.  

Morgan’s Shoes and Bootery in Gastonia distributed dozens of works boots and casual shoes to men who live at the Tryon and Statesville Avenue shelters.

The owner, Doug Morgan and seven of his associates fitted the men.  They were then able to choose from several styles in their size and also received a new pair of socks. 

Morgan placed a special order for the shoes.   He made sure to get quality boots that will keep their feet warm all winter.  “It’s not leftovers.  You want to give a gift worth giving,” Morgan said. 

One man who is searching for a job said the gift gave him encouragement to keep looking and to keep his head up.  

Morgan fitting man for shoes“God has blessed us beyond belief.  We are just a conduit – he uses us to pass it on and bless others,” Morgan said. 

It’s the fourth year for the shoe giveaway and Morgan plans to continue the tradition next year.

 

Former Clients Receive Turkey Dinners

The Charlotte Knights helped 25 former guests have a brighter holiday. 

On Tuesday, Knights staff delivered frozen turkeys and stuffing to the shelter – but it didn’t stay there for long.  The Thanksgiving meals went to former clients who now live on their own.

“It means everything.  Thanksgiving is about family,” said recipient Mike Wilson.  Wilson moved into his own apartment about 6 months ago and was thankful to get a call from his case manager about the turkeys.

The donation was a great opportunity for us to follow-up with the clients who have moved out and celebrate their successes over the last year.  From July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014, 497 men moved into more appropriate housing.

Homer’s Turkey Drive also delivered turkeys to First Baptist Church, Urban Ministries and Hospitality House of Charlotte.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carson Dean, Executive Director

Couldn’t Be More Proud of Our Board

Nonprofits can’t exist without a Board of Directors.  While that’s legally true, I believe it should also be true in many other ways – leadership, fundraising, advocacy, fiduciary oversight, etc. At the Men’s Shelter, we have an incredibly passionate and engaged board.  They volunteer, they ask lots of great questions, they scrutinize, and they champion.  One of the reasons I’m so proud of my board is that they truly strive to set the tone for our agency, our staff, and our stakeholders. Our fiscal year begins on July 1st.  A goal our board set for this year was to make their annual financial pledges early in the fiscal year.  They did so much more!  Our board pledged more than their collective goal for this year’s budget, every board member made a pledge, and 100% of our board members paid at least a portion their pledge prior to this week’s board meeting.  Talk about setting an example for others! Having a passion for our mission is the number one criteria we use in board member selection, but all boards must help raise money.  Ours truly gets that to ask others for something you have to have skin in the game yourself.  What a privilege to work with a board so committed to the mission that they go big and go early!

What Does Collaboration Look Like?

These days we so often hear the words “collaboration” and “partnership.”  Everyone knows the definition of each, but what does collaboration really look like?  How do you know an effective partnership it when you see it?  Oftentimes, it’s not as earthshattering or complicated in its execution as you might think.  To illustrate, I’ll describe the process used at the Men’s Shelter to help a lot of men find more appropriate housing.  For many of our men it starts with a visit to the HERC – Housing & Employment Resource Center – which is located in our Tryon Street Campus shelter.  There men are greeted by volunteers who manage the activities of the center.  For example, twice each week the HERC is staffed by our volunteer partners from Charlotte School of Law.  The volunteers help men start the process, filling out an apartment application, determining how they’ll use public transit, and so on.  From there, MSC’s housing specialists can more efficiently get men approved and ready to move into housing.  To expedite the actual move, we turn to our partners at Crisis Assistance Ministry.  Through their volunteers, Crisis Assistance Ministry provides our men with furniture and takes care of the physical move into their new place.  By not having to manage all of the many pieces by ourselves, MSC has been able to move more men into housing in seven months this year (339 men) versus all of last year (288).  You see, effective collaborations don’t have to be complicated or highly visible, they just have to get the partners focused on the mission – in our case, ending homelessness for each man.

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