What We Do
Emergency Shelter + Income/Employment and Housing Services
We operate two shelters, comprised of 410 beds. Our work begins through the basic needs of shelter, meals, showers, laundry services, hygiene items, and supportive staff. Embedded in one of our two shelters is a Wellness Wing comprised of organizational partnerships to provide substance use, mental illness, and physical healthcare services.
Income/Employment + Housing Services
Our services focus on increasing income and obtaining housing.
To increase income, we have an employment team that is supplemented by volunteers to shepherd our guests through each stage of the employment process. Our employment team works directly with guests through one-on-one coaching, assisting with employment connections, and implementing a transportation plan to employment interviews and placements. The team also creates partnerships with employers who are willing to interview our guests and nurtures relationships with other workforce development agencies with whom our guests can connect to develop job skills.
To help guests obtain housing, we offer a few layers of assistance. Upon intake we explore if a guest might be “diverted” from shelter by accessing a viable housing alternative with a few additional resources (bus ticket, assistance paying an electrical bill, etc.). Once in the shelter, guests can access daily “walk-up services” to speak with housing specialists for information, guidance, and referrals to housing options. All guests are invited to attend monthly housing forums, which provide education on the tenancy process. Our Rapid Rehousing program provides a temporary rent subsidy for a guest, when needed. In addition, guests of our Tryon campus are also assigned a housing specialist, who works one-on-one with guests to serve as a guide and advocate on the path to housing.
Altogether our shelter and services follow an equation:
Merger With Urban Ministry Center
As of May 1, 2019, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Urban Ministry Center are legally one organization. Our boards began this journey with the belief that our combined resources and a unified voice will move the needle on ending homelessness. Now, it is up to our team to carry out that vision.
While the legal merger is complete, the actual integration of our two organizations will happen in stages. In coming months, you will continue to see both “Men’s Shelter of Charlotte” and “Urban Ministry Center” separately or co-branded, until our board finalizes our unified brand later this fall.
Interested in learning more about our impact? Check out some of our favorite success stories!