Father’s Day, June 21, is the 2nd annual Father’s Day Wallet Drive
Remembering that men experiencing homelessness play many roles in our community
Picture above is Sutton, who donated several wallets in the inaugural Father’s Day Wallet Drive last year.
Wallets as a symbol of identity.
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte remembers while its clients are experiencing homelessness – it is not an identity. The men are fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, friends, and play many roles in our community.
Donate wallets Friday, June 19 – 22
You can celebrate this special day by donating new or gently used wallets for the 2nd Annual Father’s Day Wallet Drive. Last year these wallets were a popular item with our clients. Wallets are a perfect symbol of the path home with the formula: Income + Housing + Supports = An End to Homelessness.
Hold a Drive for Wallets
Fathers. There are so many different ways to describe dads – biological, adoptive, stepfather, grandfather, absent father. The one thing that all fathers have in common is their responsibility for another person. My dad died of alcoholism when I was in high school. He gave me life but did little to guide me through it. My father was actually my stepdad, Jim. He came into my life also when I was in high school and quietly, in many ways without me even knowing it, guided me through life until his passing 5 years ago. Fathers don’t wear badges announcing who they are but they know it. I believe most fathers are like Jim – they know they have a responsibility for guiding another person and they try their best to live up to that obligation. Some are better at it than others. Some were given lots of guidance from their own fathers or other male role models. Some don’t have the tools and think they have to struggle to figure it out on their own.
One things is for certain, there are many fathers, all kinds of fathers, being helped at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. As I’ve gotten to know some of our fathers over the years, the one common theme I hear consistently is their desire to get their own lives back on track so they can fulfill their responsibility to their children. Now that’s a good dad in my opinion. They just need some support, to know that others care about them and are rooting for them, and that it’s ok to seek help for yourself now in order to be able to help others later. I often wonder if my own biological father could have turned things around with a bit more support. While I’ll never know the answer to that question, I do know that we have hundreds of men, fathers, experiencing homelessness who want and need our support.
My desire every day at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is that we provide as much support as needed to each man while, in return, he takes responsibility for his own life today. By doing so these dads can raise their own games as fathers in the near future. We have many dads doing a great job. I remember a young dad not too long ago who would get up before daylight to leave the shelter and walk his child to elementary school. After school he walked her to the library to do homework before walking her to his mother’s house where she stayed at night. He’d then walk back to the shelter after dark. That’s a dad I admire and one we have to support. We also have to support our fathers who struggle with how to be responsible for their children, who want to be better parents, who are motivated to do the right thing.
So, this Father’s Day please say a prayer for the fathers staying at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and consider participating in our Father’s Day Wallet Drive. Your donation of a new or gently used wallet is an easy, yet impactful, way of showing our men that others care about them and are supporting them as they move beyond one of the most difficult experiences of their lives. Your financial gift will go towards providing support for our men. To learn more about how to get involved please visit our website www.MensShelterofCharlotte.org.
Happy Father’s Day!
This Father’s Day – celebrate a father, donate a wallet!
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte remembers while its clients are experiencing homelessness – it is not an identity. The men are fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, friends and play many roles in our community.
To honor those roles and remember our common humanity, gently used and new wallets will be collected for clients of Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. To support programming for men experiencing homelessness and who are ready to transform their lives by enrolling in our programs, $20 or more inserted into the wallet is suggested.
When to donate your wallet-
Friday, June 13 – Monday, June 16, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily
Where to donate wallets –
Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, 1210 North Tryon Street, side entrance
(704) 334.3187 x103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carson Dean, Riley’s Dad & Men’s Shelter of Charlotte Executive Director
Father’s Day for me is a reminder of how special a gift my son is to me. Being a father is a joy and a tremendous responsibility. Having my son look up to me and love me unconditionally has humbled me in so many ways. My son’s need for guidance, accountability, and someone to act goofy with has taught me so much about being a father. I only hope I’m half as good as a dad that I know my son will one day be for his kids. This Father’s Day I’m making a gift to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in Riley’s name because he understands there are so many fathers in the shelter who want nothing more than to be dad to their own children.
Amy Tribble, Director of Development, daughter of Paul Shafer (1913-1992)
Though my father has been deceased for nearly 22 years, I still miss him terribly and frequently long for his guidance. The heartfelt letters of encouragement and support he wrote to me my Freshman year in college are filled with insights I still hang on to. How lucky I was to be loved and supported so unconditionally. My father was a role model who made a habit of practicing random acts of kindness long before the phrase was coined. He was one of the most thoughtful, generous people I have ever known. This Father’s Day I will make a contribution to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte in his memory and in the spirit of giving the same type of unconditional support that was given to me to men who are experiencing homelessness.