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Charlotte Family Housing (CFH) is a shelter-to-housing program whose mission is to empower homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency through shelter, housing, supportive services, and advocacy. For some years, Myers Park Presbyterian has served in partnership with CFH to care for those experiencing homelessness as they move from shelter to housing. As Community Engagement Manager, Lisa Bradford spends much of her time with the families that CFH works with every day. “I spend time with families in the shelters and observe how they grow from the time of intake to self-sufficiency,” Lisa says. “As a result of the holistic strategies we employ, families have access to better schools, better jobs, and social capital opportunities

CFH has developed strong roots as a result of the investment and support of faith partners in Charlotte. These partners have provided time, treasure and territory to help empower and guide families on the path to self-sufficiency. CFH clients experience the love of God in many ways through Hope Teams, volunteers, in-kind donations, and prayer. “Since being at CFH, I have not only been able to dig deeper into my faith on a personal level but with our church partners as well,” says Lisa. “God has given me the gift of building relationships and friendships to help provide for our families on their journey. I love that I can meet our clients and pray for them with my faith partners and that they can see God’s love for them through my faith.”

There are many ways to get involved with CFH. One of the most important opportunities is becoming part of a Hope Team. A Hope Team is a small group of people matched with a CFH family to provide additional support through building mutual relationships and fostering community. There is a training session to learn how you can become part of a Hope Team on June 2 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Charlotte Family Housing’s main offices which are located at St. John’s Baptist Church. If interested email Local Outreach Coordinator, Savanah Warren, at swarren@myersparkpres.org for more information.